Learn to Speak a Cat’s Language

 How to better understand your kitty.


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Cat Intro Slide

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Cats, like dogs, use their ears, tails, mouths and bodies to give us hints about how they’re feeling, but they don’t always use them in the same way. A dog wagging her tail loosely at medium height might indicate friendliness, but a cat moving her tail back and forth might indicate that an unfriendly encounter is imminent. Let’s not sell our kitty friends short; they have so much to say. Give a listen.


Note: This is a general guide to cat body language. Every cat has a unique range and style of expressiveness using normal feline body cues.


Tracey Stewart and her husband, Jon, live in New Jersey with their children and 14 rescued animals. She is a former veterinary technician. This excerpt is from her book, Do Unto Animals (Artisan Books).


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No, you’re not imagining things. That really is a smile. This kitty is happy to see you. Purrrrr!


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Hunting Mode

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Hunting is one of a cat’s most natural behaviors. Felines on the hunt keep their bodies low and stalk their prey in silence and with determination. Steady…steady…pounce!


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The typical “scaredy-cat” keeps her tail between her legs, crouches low and is bright-eyed and fluffy-tailed.


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A relaxed cat who approaches you and exposes her belly without hesitation is showing a sign of trust and calm.


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Frightened

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A kitty with a rounded back and fur standing on end is saying, “Protect me. I’m scared!”