Understanding Cat Behaviour and Body Language
When your cat is Happy...
- The cat's ears are erect and its eyes are wide open.
- If totally relaxed, your cats eyes may be half closed.
- The cat is carrying it's tail high. The tip of the tail is hanging over the back. Or the tail is relaxed and low.
- The whole body is generally relaxed.
- The cats whiskers are in a neutral position.
If your cat is frightened or shy...
- The ears may be lying flat against the head.
- The whiskers are lying back or against the cats face.
- The cats tail is curled under the body.
- The cat may be trying to make itself look small, with the body low on the ground.
If your cat is defensive...
- A cat that is trying to defend itself will hiss
- The eats will be flat to the head.
- The tail is fluffed and erect.
- The cats back is arched.
- Whiskers are back and the cats pupils are large (dilated).
If your cat is aggressive and ready to pounce...
- It will swish its tail low to the ground.
- The cats ears will be forward
- The whiskers will be forward from the face and bristling.
- The cat will show it's teeth and hiss.
- The claws will be out.