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How to judge a cat’s mood?

Update Time:2023/12/5
How to judge a cat’s mood?



Cats use their entire body to communicate, from their tail to their ears and eyes. While cat body language can be complex, these few guidelines can help you decipher what your cat is thinking and read their feelings.
However, keep in mind that every cat is a special individual, so the exact way your cat displays certain emotions may be unique. Let’s take a look at some of the body language of cats when they are relaxed, happy, curious, fearful, angry, and sick.


1. When the cat feels relaxed or content

Most of the time, cats feel relaxed and content.

Body: A relaxed cat, usually lying on its side or back with its hind legs splayed.

Tail: Their tail is basically stationary and does not wag.

Eyes: They may be closed or partially open. When a cat looks at you with half-open eyes, or they are "blinking slowly," it's a sign of "appreciation" because it shows that they trust you enough not to be in your presence. There is a lot of vigilance around.

Ears: A relaxed cat's ears will be erect and pointed forward in a neutral position.

Behavior: They may purr or knead their paws (also known as "kneading"). A happy and contented cat will usually groom itself in a relaxed manner to spend time with its owner.

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2. When the cat feels happy

A happy cat will be more active than a relaxed cat.

Body: They may arch their back as they rub against you, in a slow and relaxed manner, but without "hackles raised".

Tail: The tail is usually straight, but the hair on the tail is flat rather than standing up. The end of their tail is curved like a question mark.

Eyes: They may slowly "wink" at you, nudge you with their head, or nudge you with their head.

Ears: A happy cat will have its ears raised and pointed into the distance.

Behavior: Many cats will happily greet other cats, dogs, or people in the home by meowing or purring when they are happy.

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3. When the cat feels funny/curious

Having a "playful" and curious cat is fun to be around.

Body: Much of the body language seen during cat play reflects the body language of a hunting cat.

Tail: Their tail may quiver and wag in excitement, or may be held straight up when playing with another cat or person to show friendliness.

Eyes: A playful cat staring intently at an object, such as a toy or laser pointer.

Ears: A relaxed cat's ears will be erect and pointed forward in a neutral position.

Behavior: A cat that is usually very quiet will make chirping sounds when playing. A playful cat may display hunting behaviors such as stalking, crouching, lunging, waving its claws, biting, and kicking its hind legs.

When the cat growls, hisses, or lowers their ears, it indicates that the game has escalated to a point of frustration or anger, and the cat should be stopped immediately.

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4. When the cat feels stressed/fearful

Cats who are stressed or scared will often hide as their instinct is usually to run away from something that is stressing them out. However, if the cat doesn't run away or hide, they will use body language to indicate that something is wrong.

Physical: They may be in a crouched or tense body position, (such as a hen crouch) and may suddenly begin to run rapidly and repeatedly in the same spot.

Back: An arched back, with the hair on its back and tail sticking up, is another sure sign that a cat is scared. Trying to appear bigger.

Sound: They may also hiss and "ha" in an attempt to scare away whatever is causing their fear.

Tail: Their tail may twitch or shake. Eyes: At this time, the cat’s pupils will be dilated.

Behavior: Stressed cats may also relieve themselves outside the litter box. They may walk with a flat back, but with their ears, head, and tail pointed downward.

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5. When the cat feels angry/aggressive

When a cat feels angry and aggressive but is not observed in time. There are some "too late" consequences, the cat has scratched or bit someone.
When a cat becomes angry, there is often a safe time for the owner to notice and deal with it. And it will issue a warning to tell the shit shovel officer, "I'm not happy! I'm angry!"

Body: The cat may become motionless before attacking.

Tail: They will flick their tail violently and widely, or extend their tail straight out. Eyes: cats will stare at their target of attack intently.

Ears: A cat with one ear set back ("airplane ear"), teeth exposed, and hissing indicates an angry cat. Behavior: Cats show anger and aggression by growling, hissing, and even yelling.

If you notice these behaviors in your cat, you should calmly leave the area and give your cat some time to calm down. You should not approach a cat exhibiting this kind of body language because they have "warned you" that serious consequences may occur. If you have a serious bite or severe scratch from a cat, seek medical attention immediately. If your cat frequently displays aggressive, fearful, or anxious moods, talk to your veterinarian to rule out potential factors that may be affecting his mood. A veterinary behaviorist can be an effective helper and can help you change your cat's behavior if he or she seems unhappy, relaxed, or playful at home.


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6. When cats are sick/injured

It's actually hard to tell when a cat is sick or injured. Cats are carnivores, but they are also prey for many other species

Because of this, cats can hide their weakness, illness, and injury very well (as we all know, cats are very tolerant of pain), and their owners may not realize it or notice it. Signs that your cat may be sick include:
① Hiding or hiding for a long time
② Lack of interest in food or water
③ Urinating or defecating outside the cat litter box
④Limp
⑤ Open your mouth and breathe (panting, panting)
⑥ Make a sound (such as "woo woo")

If you notice any of these signs, seek medical attention immediately.

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