It is not difficult to ‘listen’ to your cat and by reading your cat’s body language and behaviour you will be able to understand your cat far better.
The world knows all about the famous “dog whisperer”, Cesar Millan, and many loved the book (and the film), “The Horse Whisperer”. So, what about cats? Is it possible to decode the things that cats do? Actually, you can start to recognise your pet’s body language, and even know what it is they are “saying” when they make certain vocalisations!
Though it may upset the cat lovers of the world to read that their beloved pets are not really all that mysterious, the truth about cats is that they do use a lot of very obvious gestures, movements, and sounds to give away their thoughts or feelings.
As an example, we have all witnessed our cats swishing their tails in what appears to be vexation or annoyance. In all reality, that is precisely what the cat is saying – “I am seriously annoyed right now.”
There are many ways that cats will convey information, and most of it is with their tails, ears and eyes, but there other methods that they use as well.
It is not rocket science to “read” a cat, but we hope the tips above clarified any questions you might have had about the ways that cats use parts of their body and vocalisations to communicate. By reading your cat’s body language you will be able to further understand your cat and this will make life a lot happier for both of you.
Marcus Falley is a contributor to Courses Direct, an Australian based Education and Training company providing online courses and distance education in a range of industries, including animal courses such as cat psychology and training.
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Ross is a UK Siamese & Oriental Cat Breeder breeding and showing his cats and kittens under the prefix Burnthwaites . He is the author of various cat related websites and blogs including 'Siamese Cat Breeder'. When not showing his cats he can often be found stewarding or judging at cat shows. He works as a Web Developer and specialises in small business websites and content marketing. He is also a blogger, amateur photographer and videographer and last but certainly not least husband and father.
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