Years of experience observing cats helped me conclude that each cat or cat has its own individual language for communicating with its owner. We always and almost without errors understand when our kitty wants to eat or sleep, and when she just needs attention. Despite the uniqueness of this language, there are common features. For example, all cats equally ask for food or show us that something hurts them. In this article, I described the main features of the behavior of cats that will help an unprepared person to better understand their needs.What does the cat want to tell us?
1. The cat wants to eat
You definitely won’t miss it! The cat will not allow you. He will walk in circles around you, giving no passage. Raising its muzzle and raising its tail high, it will rub against your legs, making a sound from time to time that looks like a contented “me!”. This is the surest sign that it was time for him to dine.
There are a number of additional features. For example, you sat down with something tasty in front of the TV, and although the food from our table is not suitable for cats, they don’t know about it. Cats, like dogs, also sometimes beg. And then all evening you will not have rest!
Your pet will rest against your forehead, but butt at the same time as a calf. He will rumble to you, sing songs, look into his eyes, psychologically blackmailing. With all his appearance, as if saying: "I love you so much, give me food!". Well, if you’re completely mysterious, then he can try without hesitation and take his paw ...
Cats are nocturnal animals. Of course, they will sleep a little in the evening, but, as a rule, they announce a "rise" at four in the morning. In this case, very hungry wake up. And at that time you have the very dream. Therefore, they will try to correct this misunderstanding: the rest of the night to sing songs to you under the bedroom door, and if they get into your bed, then without hesitation “dig” you out with your paw from under the covers.
There are several options. The easiest way is to leave some dry food and water in the evening. Then the cat will get up, eat, and most likely, will go back to bed. Or - get up with her and run to feed. It's complicated. Or listen to her / his serenades until morning.
2. Something hurts the cat
Your cat suddenly did not ask for food in the morning and did not even come out to you. And when you yourself offered her to eat, she did not pay attention to the food. Instead, it sits tightly on the stomach, the hair is disheveled, and the pupils can be dilated. This is a sure sign that something is hurting her.
And this is not necessarily a stomach. It could be anything. One day, a cat fell from the second floor and broke its paw, it sat in the same way. At the same time, if they feel really bad, when trying to pick them up they can be aggressive and even try to bite you. But after all, sometimes we break down at home when we feel bad. Everything is like people have.
Therefore, do not waste time, go to the veterinarian. He will do tests, x-rays, ultrasounds and understand what happened to your kitty.The cat suddenly didn’t ask for food in the morning and didn’t even come to you - she is not well.
Other signs of cat malaise
Here are some more signs when something is wrong with the cat:
The tongue is very strongly and constantly sticking out of the mouth. The cat does not clean it at all. This is a very bad sign. As a rule, it speaks of some serious illness. It happened to me once with a cat. As it turned out, urolithiasis. I did not immediately understand, and he fell into a coma. Thank God, now everything is fine with him, healed. But when you see this, do not hesitate.
Yet cats can begin to cough. This can be a sign of either worms, or, if the cat is old, a heart attack, or it could choke on a thread, rain (from a Christmas tree) or something else.
If cat vomited, as a familiar veterinarian explained to me, up to two times is normal. Cats can swallow their own hair, and then they vomit. They can specifically provoke vomiting in themselves, for example, after eating grass in the country. Sometimes vomiting in the form of white foam can also be on an empty stomach. But when she vomits endlessly or vomits once, but there you see blood, or vomiting is unnaturally bright, yellow, like a marker, for example, it may be a sign of infection or some other disease. You should immediately contact your veterinarian.
If cat shakes something. Head, for example, then her ears may hurt. If the paw, then inspect carefully, she could get hurt somewhere, and it hurts to walk.
If the cat stopped licking, and before it was always clean - this is also a sign of ill health.
3. The cat is bored
A cat in a playful mood, does not give you a pass, while bringing you toys, trying to make a toy out of you or from your slippers? Throws her balls at your feet, gets into your arms and doesn’t allow you to stare at the phone? She is bored. Play with her!
Cats play their whole lives. This is the most important component of their health, along with proper nutrition. Cats play even at a very respectable age. True, of course, less. And kittens are simply vital for their good growth. For the proper development of muscles, bones and joints.
Cats are social animals, and if you have only one, she may be bored. Then it is simply necessary for her normal mental health to sometimes play with her. It will also make you closer. And you too will receive a huge positive charge of vivacity.
For a joint game it is not necessary to buy some kind of expensive toy. If you don’t have anything at hand, take a piece of paper and a rope. And you will see how much pleasure you and your cat will receive.It is simply necessary for the normal mental health of the cat to sometimes play with it.
4. The cat requires cleanliness
Cats are very clean animals. They do not like a dirty tray and will not go into it. If there is a mess in their pot, then without the least remorse they can sit nearby and make a puddle right on the floor. But, as a rule, they will warn you in advance that you need to clean.
My cats, for example, begin in this case to deliberately loudly bury something in the pot. At the same time, they will not even touch the filler. They simply tap with their paw along the edge of the tray and shout with displeasure at the same time. And this is not that affectionate "me" when they ask for food. Not! This is clearly a curse! You will understand that they will shout differently. For some reason, at such moments it seems to me that they are telling me: "Man, well, quickly to the tray!".
5. The cat is about to attack
The cat turned its ears back and folded them with an envelope, carefully looking at you, while making terrible, chilling souls, sounds. Her pupils are dilated. She is about to attack you now.
What did you expect? These are predators. They do not like familiarities. And you decide for yourself what you did to bring this gentle furry creature to such a state. I can only say that cats don’t attack just like that. So there was a reason. And the cat is just defending.
Most often, of course, cats are aggressive. Especially not neutered. And in relation to each other. In one square they will endlessly fight. They are very extraterritorial, so they won’t tolerate anyone else. Although, now I have cats coexist quietly in a common area. But it was not easy.
Cats can also become aggressive if they protect their kittens. It was an incident with me in childhood. I had a cat, she probably considered me her kitten and she really protected me from everything. And as soon as someone from my family raised their voices at me, even for a joke, this cat showed very aggressive behavior.
In any case, remember that the expression works here: "what you sow, you will reap." As you relate to your cat, so will she relate to you.
6. Cat declares love
Most often, our cats love us. And do not hesitate to tell us about it. If your darling butts you, rumbles to you - she says: "I love you." Just like that, for no reason. Only cats can love this way.
She may start to lick you. Run up to you with a gentle purr, such as cat-mothers call their kittens - now you are her kitten too, and you need to be washed.
Or, alternately fingering, he will click on your stomach or somewhere else, this is the so-called "milk walking" - now you are her mother. Adult animals do this too, sometimes all their lives. And this does not depend on whether the kitten had a mother or he lost it early for some reason.
This is what my cat does, which was born before my eyes, now she is already an adult and continues to live with her mother. I can say with confidence that she was not deprived of maternal care. It is just a manifestation of love.
The cat bites you slightly, not much, just bites its fangs a little. At the same time rumbles. She doesn’t bite. She kisses you! How else could she do this?
And if the cat lets you scratch your belly - he trusts you with his life.Most often, our cats love us and do not hesitate to tell us about it.
7. This is mine!
As soon as the cat enters your house, it immediately begins to mark its territory. Even if you do not have a cat, but a castrated cat. Does not matter. They will rub against all objects with their faces. Behind their ears are special glands that secrete only their individual smell. This is part of their physiology.
With their paws they also mark the territory. There are glands too. But after the cat says to the whole world “this is mine”, there will be only one unmarked object - it's you.
Therefore, she will begin to rub her muzzle about you and try to “claw” a little. So she says that you are her property.
And there are extreme cases of manifestation of love. Usually not castrated cats, everyone knows about it, leave their marks everywhere. Urine. And they can tag your personal items and even you. They do not want to offend you somehow. Cats simply say: "I love you and you are only mine / mine, I am not ready to share you with another cat."
Also read our 10 “no” material for a cat owner.
Dear readers! These are the main "phrases" from the cat phrasebook. But, of course, anyone with cats living at home will tell a ton of new ones. All individually. And each cat makes this phrasebook especially for himself and his beloved person.
Here are some more interesting "phrases", maybe you have the same:
- The cat sits motionless in front of the door and carefully looks at it - someone came, but I did not hear.
- The cat growls at the door - it's someone stranger came.
- The cat defiantly sat with its back to me - offended.
- The cat sits opposite me, demanding meows and with its muzzle lifts its hand - "I have come, but you are not stroking me."
- The cat is very happy with something, rumbling, fingering, as with "milk walking" and, slightly protruding the tongue, occasionally gives out "me" - she wants emotional support. She as if asks: "I'm good for you?"
- The kitten stood on its hind legs, and puts the front ones on me - it wants on the hands.
- The cat sits on the windowsill and, looking out the window, makes such "and-and-and" sounds - curses at the nasty bird.
- The cat digs its paw out of bed, and it can still gently, without claws, stroke the cheek with its paw - it’s time to get up.
- In the evening, the cat looks carefully into her eyes, defiantly digs out a made-up bed - it's time to go to bed.
How does your cat communicate with you?