Feline Body Language
Photo provided by Friskies Explorer MammaBRN.
Cats are top-notch in the communication department. Even if you often feel as if you can’t figure kitty out, she is constantly communicating with either her voice, scent or her body. The problem is that we usually don’t pay close enough attention to what kitty is saying. The most frequent reason I see an owner get bitten has to do with misreading or not paying attention to what the cat was saying through her body language.
In general, a cat’s body language is basically distance-increasing or distance-decreasing. In other words, kitty is telling you that she’d prefer you not come any closer or that it’s ok to move forward.
When you really think about it, you’re probably very familiar with much of your cat’s body language but it’s’ easy to not pay attention to it. With just a little more awareness before approaching your cat, you’ll probably start to notice ear position, whether the body posture is relaxed and inviting or tense and reluctant. Does her paw look as if it’s ready to issue a warning shot? If so, moving closer toward her will probably be a good idea.
If you have a cat you’d like to be able to get closer to but it seems as if she’s reluctant, part of the problem might be that her body language is being misinterpreted. Observe your kitty a little more closely and I’ll get you’ll start getting good at reading what she’s saying.
Do you feel you’re good at reading your cat’s body language?
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