A cat that begs you, rubs your legs, or overloads you with cuddles. The behavior of cats is fascinating and sometimes surprising. But what does your cat want to explain to you? With these six tips, you will learn more about your cat’s behavior and learn to recognize the cat’s special behaviors.
1. Knowing how to interpret cat behaviors? First, you need to know your cat!
In order to interpret its behaviors, you will first need to know your cat well. Each cat is different and your cat’s behavior may be based on his character or breed. For example, if your cat yawns while eating, this may be because you have become accustomed to getting a little tastier along with food and is, therefore, drawing your attention. But in other cases, yawning can mean stress. So it is important to get to know your cat before labeling its behavior.
2. Try to think like a cat
When you try to understand your cat, try to look at the world from his point of view. Keep in mind that cats are solitary animals that generally have no problem being alone. This is especially true for larger cats; in the first phase of life, having a friend is very important, among other things for socializing the cat. Furthermore, cats are real hunters. To express this instinct, they need sufficient challenges: cats that are not challenged enough are more likely to suffer from stress and are more likely to adopt aggressive behaviors. Hence, especially for the indoor cat, it is important to provide sufficient challenges at home.
3. Remember that cats can distinguish the quality
Despising food or taking a bite only when the croquettes are fresh, is typical behavior of cats. It has everything to do with their excellent nose. If the food is not fresh or is no longer good, the cat will immediately notice it. Then, the cat doesn’t need much food, because they have small stomachs. Therefore, the cat tends to eat small but frequent quantities and prefers quality to quantity. These foods will make your cat very happy!
4. Pay attention to your cat’s physical language
Tail up, tail down, flattened ears, mustache backward, big eyes, arched back. It is important to understand your cat’s physical language in order to interpret its behavior. You can recognize a happy cat from the position of the tail: the straight candle tail with the curled tip (like a kind of question mark) is a sign of happiness. Instead, nervously shaking the tail means that the cat is uncomfortable; he is warning you that he doesn’t like the situation, and we must be careful. And who has never seen it: the arched cat and the swollen tail? It means that the cat is afraid or very angry.
5. Give your cat time to gradually get used to the changes
Cats are real routine animals and are very sensitive to stress. Any change in their environment can create a source of stress for them. Think of a new roommate, a new partner, a child, or another cat in the house. Your cat will need time to gradually get used to the new situation. Even the holiday period can cause stress in your cat. Therefore, prepare your cat and also the possible cat sitter for the changed situation, even if only for a short time.
6. Strange behavior? Contact your vet!
Cats are masters at hiding pain. Yet there are some behaviors that can betray them, including anxious behavior, making little movement, peeing at home, and abnormal aggression. If you recognize these or other abnormal behaviors (which you have never seen in your cat before), always contact the vet.