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Watch Your Cat's Body Language - It's How They Communicate With You!

Have you ever tried to figure out what your cat is thinking? 

Well, according to a few different articles, the way your cat touches your face, looks at you, and moves their body says a lot about how they feel about you.

 

Paws On The Face

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I have always wondered this with my cat - he constantly tries to put his paws on my face and hang out. What's that all about? According to Cuteness, if your cat touches your face with one or both paws, it's gesturing that it loves you. The cat's ears will also point to the side of their head, and they will purr. They may even touch their forehead against you.

 

 

Pitter Patter Paws

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Does your cat ever run around on you when you're trying to sleep? Or jump all over you when you're working on something? They may be signaling that they want something, like food for example. Cuteness says that they may tap their paws on you over and over to try and get your attention. Occasionally, they may also nip at you.

 

 

Twitching The Tail

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According to VetStreet, the tail, much like a dog's tail, is a mood barometer. They say that the tail will puff out when they are frightened or agitated. If your cat has kind of a lazy twitchy tip, that means the cat is happy and they are happy.

 

 

It's All In The Ears

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According to PetFinder, the ears forward means they are feeling content or playful. Ears straight up mean the cat is alert, ears turned back may mean that they are frustrated or over-stimulated. Ears turned sideways or back may mean they are nervous or anxious, and flat against the head means totally and completely scared. Keep your eyes peeled on your cat's ears, and they'll tell you a lot about the mood!

 

Watch Those Blinks

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On The Cut, they mention that Gary Weitzman's book How To Speak Cat: A Guide To Decoding Cat Language, “The slow blink really is an acceptance gesture,” Weitzman said. “They do that when they’re absolutely comfortable with you, and they do it with other cats as well... it’s likely an autonomic response … having to do with the cat having its cortisol [stress hormone] levels down.”

 

Next time you are hanging out with your cat, take in how they behave and you should be able to understand them better!