Common Meanings Of Cat Behaviors

The cat is a noble animal, of undeniable intelligence, with intricate psychology, sensitive to many environmental and physical factors. In the world, we find different types of Behaviors Cat which act differently from each other perhaps because of its recent domestication, or simply because of its true nature. It has no shaped its behavior to the interests of humanity.

A person enjoying the company of a cat knows how difficult it is to understand what he wants to convey to us. Communication errors are the main reason why we hear so many people affirm their dislike for such a mystical and enigmatic animal. They are nicknamed “false”, “self-interested” and “self-centered”, without “bonding” with the tutors, only creating it concerning the territory, “individualists”, not enjoying sharing with their peers. However, these humans are sadly mistaken. They couldn’t be more wrong. Such adjectives can be attributed to some humans, but not to an animal, whose survival is not governed by such mediocre feelings.

Communication between cats involves three main forms: vocal expression, body posture, and visual or olfactory marks. Communication between the cat and another species is more complicated since different species do not have the innate ability to communicate with each other. However, humans can learn various communication signals from felines, making it possible for them to understand each other.

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Common Meanings Of Cat Behavior

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Vocal communication can convey general messages. They serve to keep other cats out of their territory, to attract females in heat, or even as a call to the young for the mother and vice versa. However, living with humans led cats to use this resource to communicate with their tutors as well. Because they understood that when they did something positive, they get food, cuddling, permission to access it. closed places, etc. Some of these sounds are produced with the mouth closed and others with the mouth open.

Sounds produced by  cats are:

  1. Purr is a noticeable sound or acts from two days of age. In the early days, it consists of a single syllable, which unfolds in several, as the kitten grows. The mother purrs when she approaches the chicks to feed them. They only stop purring when they are breastfeeding or when they sleep. The adult cat can purr in almost all situations, including in case of suffering, distress or even death. The act of emitting such sounds releases endorphins, which in these critical situations can give the animal some sense of comfort. But in general, this type of vocalization is associated with manifestations of pleasure. Anthropomorphizing a little, it can be compared to the human smile.
  2. The “growl” is a warning sign and occurs during a slow, steady exhalation. It is one of the forms of vocal communication, in which the sound is emitted with an open mouth and expresses an intense emotional state. The main objective will be to ward off danger or threat. Young kittens can make this noise, especially in food disputes with siblings. Adult cats use this feature to intimidate potential aggressors or territory invaders. It intends to impose a safety distance between both.
  3. The “snorting” is mainly intended to surprise the enemy. The cat uses this type of communication to ward off potential threats and is usually accompanied by body postures of avoidance. In the family context, it can occur in situations where the animal wants to end physical contact there, in case of sudden pain or discomfort or in the presence of a human or animal that intimidates him. If allowed, escape to a safe place will follow. If the animal resorts to “snarling” or “snorting”, the best attitude of its guardian will be to avoid conflict, for its safety. Allow the cat to take refuge and then calmly wait for the cat to come to you. Do not fight a cat in any of these emotional states. Both parties will lose. The animal only attacks if it is forced to because in its perspective it is in real danger.
  4. The “cry”, so similar to the real cry of the human baby, aims to attract something desired. It can be emitted by a cat in heat, to attract males, or by the male himself to attract the female. It also occurs in a family situation, when the cat feels alone and wants to call the guardian or another animal close to him.
  5. “Cooing” is a curious noise, in which the cat emits small vibrations of low intensity, accompanied by the movement of the whiskers slightly forward and the alternating dilation and contraction of the pupil. It represents a state of complete concentration on something very interesting for the cat, such as prey.




There are many Behaviors Pets, Cat who uses postures as a means of communication. However, they are less important in this species than in others. Because the maintenance of harmony in their social group is less significant than in animals whose social group as part of their natural way of life. With domestication and the imposition of sharing their lives with other cats, or for food convenience.

  1. “Submission” has little importance in this species. It serves to prevent an attack when escape is not possible. The ears are positioned close to the head and the cat remains crouched, curled up. They also have tail under the body, dilated pupil, looking discreetly, with subtle eye movements, for possible escape routes. This posture can also target the human being when trying to approach a poorly socialized, frightened or unknown cat. Be careful, because, in the impossibility of escape, which will be your first option. You can attack to defend yourself from what you consider to be a real danger.
  2. The “greeting” happens when the cat intends to approach another cat, animal or human being. It walks confidently towards the target, with the tail in an upright position and bent at the tip. It is a communication of affection. When they reach physical contact they do it with the head or the corner of the lips, followed by the shoulders and then the rest of the body. The attitude can be repeated on the other side of the body. At the same time, the tail, in an upright position, is rubbed against the head and back of the other cat. When petted, a friendly cat responds by pushing the petted body part towards the hand of the stroking human.
  3. Rolling from side to side, showing the abdomen, can be an invitation to play, or a greeting. It is not always an invitation to touch since this body area is the most protected because it is the most sensitive. So the cat can react badly if we try to touch it. Only when he is completely relaxed, well socialized and comfortable with the tutor’s presence. Then will he perhaps allow the tutor to stroke his belly?
  4. The “Halloween cat”, whose posture is perhaps the most well-known, popularized by the pagan party of North American origin. It assumes the arching of the body, with generalized piloerection, and often accompanied by “snorting”. It occurs, especially in situations of frightening surprises. Some situations such as the sudden appearance of a threat in your visual field. It aims to appear bigger and more intimidating, to ward off the threat.


  1. The “arching” of the tail on the back indicates a high degree of excitement, usually related to active play.

    Cats arch their backs

    Cats arch their backs when they are afraid, when they play and when they just need a good stretch.

  2. The tail in an “inverted U” position is more common in cases of recreational pursuit, usually accompanied by unrestrained running. It is common for two cats from the same social group to chase each other alternately. Also engage in hand-to-hand fighting, without offensive intent. This attitude occurs mainly in kittens, but also related adult cats, sharing the same house. the objects can be moved also.
  3. “Rapid tail movements” can have several meanings, but they usually convey some type of inner conflict, some doubt about what to do. When observing prey, the cat is in a degree of deep concentration, often emitting sounds similar to “cooing”. Only the rhythmic movement of the tip of the tail reveals its intention. The broader and more marked movement may mean that the cat is about to react negatively. Avoiding the reason for the conflict will be the next step, often accompanied by a tap and an escape. So, if we are petting the cat and it starts this kind of tail movement, it is, for us, a sign that we must stop the interaction there.
  4. Facial expressions that involve half-closed eyes, protrusion of the third eyelid, or both. It also related to the performance of a natural organic function, such as food, elimination, proper or social hygiene, and copulation. Dilatation of pupils with ears directed forward, which means play. Acute stress is associate when the rapid movement of the head from side to side.
  5. The “offensive threat” consists of direct visual contact with contracted pupils, mustaches facing forward and an erect body posture, accompanied by piloerection.