Meow! Each cat has its own way of expressing itself, but of course there are a lot of common sounds and movements that it is good to learn to interpret.
Here you get a quick course in cat communication!
1. Why do cats spin?
The most common reason why the cat spins is that it is satisfied and satisfied with life. Spinning can also be part of the communication between a female and her cubs. But even a scared cat can spin. For example, if it is giving birth or dying, spinning can make it calmer.
2. Why do cats meow?
The most common way for cats to communicate with humans is by meowing. How much a cat meows varies and each cat has its own register. By meowing in different ways, the cat can convey what it wants, for example to have food or go out, in a way that is usually understandable at least to its owner. Older cats may start meowing more than they did before, especially at night, which is often because they feel lonely and anxious.
3. Why do cats trample with their paws?
Like a kitten, it trampled with its paws when it lay next to its mother and was about to feed. When it now jumps up on your lap and makes the same movement, it returns to its childhood behavior. For the cat, this is a cozy moment of affection, so to maintain your good relationship, it is important not to run it away, even if it can hurt a little when the sharp claws are pressed against the skin.
4. Why do cats scratch furniture?
The cat has several good reasons for its itching. On the one hand, it wants to sharpen its front claws, and on the other hand, it needs to get rid of worn-out old claw parts and practice pulling the claws in and out. At the same time, the cat marks the scent with the help of the scent glands that are on the underside of the front paws. So it is no coincidence if it is your favorite armchair that is the hardest used, you have left your scent there and the cat responds with its own scent mark.
5. If a cat shoots its back
The cat shoots its back because it is scared. By bending the back and standing with stiff legs, it looks as big as possible, which of course is positive in the meeting with, for example, a threatening dog. This attitude is often complemented by a loud hiss. If the cat instead crawls with its tail drawn, it is probably worried. Then the whiskers are also often pulled back.
6. About the cat’s tail
When the cat turns on its tail, it is a sign of fear or anxiety, that it is in some form of conflict. Waving it at the tip of the tail signals arousal during, for example, a hunt, while a whipping tail shows that the cat is angry. However, when the tail points straight up, you can be sure that your cat is happy and satisfied.
7. When the cat puts its ears back
When the ears are lowered towards the head, it means that the cat is uncomfortable in some way, either scared or aggressive. If it also closes its eyes and waves its tail, it is time to look out so you do not get bitten. If, on the other hand, the ears are straight up, the cat is either relaxed and satisfied or actively interested.
So how do you know that a cat likes you?
When the cat spins with you, it is a sign of affection and well-being. It rubs its head or tail against your legs because it likes to be close to you. When a cat steps on its lap, it returns to its childhood behavior when it breastfed its mother. For the cat, it is a cozy moment and a way to show their affection. Even when the cat rolls on the floor in front of you, it shows that it likes you. Cats only do this when they feel relaxed with a person.