Multiple years of watching cats helped me to conclude that each cat or cat has its own individual language for communicating with its owner. We always and almost without mistake understand when our kitty wants to eat or sleep and when she just needs attention. For all the uniqueness of this language there are also common features. For example, all cats ask for food in the same way or show us that they are in pain. In this article I have described the main features of cat behavior which may help untrained humans to better understand their needs.
1. The cat wants to eat
You certainly won't miss it! The cat won't let you. He will walk in circles around you, not giving you a pass. With his muzzle up and his tail high up, he will rub your feet, from time to time making a sound like a satisfied "mea!". This is the surest sign that it is time for his lunch.
There are a number of additional signs. For example, you have sat down with something delicious in front of the television, and although the food from our table is not suitable for cats, they don't know about it. Cats, too, as well as dogs, sometimes beg.
Your pet will rest his head against you, kicking you like a calf. He will purr to you, sing songs, look into your eyes, psychologically blackmailing. All his sight as if to say: "I love you so much, let me eat! Well, if you are completely unintelligent, he can easily try to take his paw...
Cats are nocturnal animals. Of course, they will sleep a little in the evening, but, as a rule, at four in the morning they announce "rise". And they wake up very hungry. And you have at this time of the dream. So they will try to correct this misunderstanding: the rest of the night they will sing you songs at the bedroom door, and if they get to your bed they will not hesitate to "dig out" you with their paw from under the covers.
There are several options. The easiest is to leave some dry food and water from the evening. Then the cat will get up, eat, and most likely go back to bed. Or - get up with her and run to feed her. This is tricky. Or listen to her/his serenades until morning.
2. The cat has something that hurts
Your cat suddenly didn't ask for food in the morning and didn't even come out to you. And when you offered her food yourself, she didn't pay attention to the food. Instead, it sits tense on its belly, its fur is ruffled, and its pupils may be dilated. This is a sure sign that she has something that hurts.
And it's not necessarily her stomach. It could be anything. I once had a cat fall from the second floor and break her paw, sitting exactly the same way. That said, if they're not feeling well at all, when you try to pick them up they can be aggressive and even try to bite you. But after all, you and I sometimes snap at our pets when we feel bad. All as with humans.
So do not waste time, go to the vet. He will do some tests, X-rays, ultrasound and he will understand what's wrong with your cat.
Other signs of a sick cat
Here are some more signs when something is wrong with a kitty:
The tongue is very much and constantly sticking out of the mouth. The cat does not retract it at all. This is a very bad sign. It usually indicates some serious disease. I had this once with a cat. As it turned out, urolithiasis. I didn't realize it right away, and he went into a coma. Thank God, he's fine now, he's been cured. But when you see this, don't hesitate.
Also cats can start coughing as if. This could be a sign of either worms or, if the cat is old, a heart attack, or it could choke on a thread, a raindrop (from a Christmas tree) or something else.
If cats vomited as a veterinarian friend explained to me, up to two times, it's normal. Cats can swallow their own hair and then vomit. They can purposely provoke their own vomiting, for example by eating grass in the country house. Sometimes on an empty stomach they can vomit white foam. But when she vomits non-stop or vomits once, but there you see blood, or vomits unnaturally bright, yellow like a marker, for example, it could be a sign of infection or some other disease. You should go to the vet right away.
If the cat is shaking something. With its head, for example, it may have sore ears. If with her paw, look carefully, she might have hurt herself 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
The cat is in a playful mood, doesn't give you a break, brings you toys, tries to make a toy from you or from your slippers? Throws your balls under your feet, climbs on your arms and does not allow you to stare at the phone? She is bored.
Cats play all their lives. It is the most important part of their health, along with proper nutrition. Cats play even at a very advanced age. True, of course, less so. And certainly for kittens it's just 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 just necessary for her normal mental health to play with her from time to time. Plus, it will make you closer. And you, too, will get a huge positive charge of vivacity.
You don't have to buy some expensive toy to play together. If you do not have anything at hand, take a piece of paper and string. And you will see what pleasure you and your cat will have.
4. The cat demands cleanliness
Cats are very clean animals. They don't like a dirty litter box and will not go in it. If their potty is a mess they can sit down without the slightest remorse and make a puddle right on the floor. But as a rule, they will warn you in advance that it is time to clean up.
My cats, for example, in this case, begin to deliberately loudly bury something in the pot. They won't even touch the litter. Just bang their paws on the edge of the litter box and shout while doing so unhappily. And it's not that affectionate "mea" when they ask for food. No! It's clearly a swear word! You will find that they will scream differently. For some reason it seems to me at times like this that they are saying to me, "Man, get to the litter box quick!"
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5. The cat is about to attack
The cat has its ears turned back and folded into an envelope, staring at you intently without taking its eyes off, making creepy, chilling noises at the same time. Her pupils are dilated. She is about to attack you.
What did you expect? They are predators. They don't like familiarity. And you decide for yourself what you did to bring this gentle fluffy creature to such a state. All I'll say is that cats don't attack for no reason. So there was a reason. And the cat is just defensive.
Most often, of course, cats are aggressive. Especially not neutered. And in relation to each other. In the same area they will fight without end. They are very extraterritorial, so they won't tolerate anyone else. Although, I now have cats getting along quietly in the common area. But it hasn't been easy.
Cats can also become aggressive if they protect their kittens. There was an incident with me when I was a kid. I had a cat, she probably thought I was her kitten and was very protective of me from everything. And as soon as one of my pets raised his voice at me, even for a joke, this kitty would show very aggressive behavior.
In any case, remember that the expression "you reap what you sow" works here. How you treat your cat, so it will treat you.
6. A cat confesses his love
Most of the time our cats love us. And they are not shy about telling us so. If your favorite cat pats your head, purrs you - she says: "I love you. Just like that, for nothing. So can love only cats.
She may begin to lick you. Run up to you with an affectionate purr, such as cats-mothers call their kittens - now you also her kitten, and you need to be washed.
or, alternately moving her paws, will press you on the stomach or wherever, this is the so-called "milk walk" - now you are her mother. Adult animals do this too, sometimes all their lives. And it doesn't depend on whether the kitten had a mother or whether he lost her early for some reason.
I have so does a cat that was born before my eyes, now she is an adult and continues to live with her mother. I can say with certainty that she has not been neglected by her mother. It is simply a demonstration of love.
Cat lightly bites you, not hard, just a little bit of fangs. At the same time it rumbles. She does not bite. She's kissing you! How else could she do it?
And if a cat lets you scratch his belly - he trusts you with his life.
7. That's mine!
The moment a cat enters your home, it immediately begins marking its territory. Even if you don't have a cat, but a neutered cat. All the same. They will rub their faces against everything. They have special glands behind their ears that give off just their individual scent. It's part of their physiology.
They also mark territory with their paws. They have glands there, too. But after the cat tells the whole world "this is mine", the only unmarked object will be you.
So she will start rubbing her muzzle against you and try to "nip" a little. This is her way of saying that she owns you.
And there are extreme cases of displays of affection. Usually not neutered cats, everyone knows about it, leave their marks everywhere. With urine. And they can mark your personal belongings and even you. They don't want to hurt you in any way. Cats just say: "I love you and you're only mine/my cat, I'm not ready to share you with another cat".
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Dear readers! These are the basic "phrases" of the cat's phrase book. But, of course, anyone who has cats living at home will tell you a lot of new ones. It's all individual. And every cat makes up this phrasebook specifically for herself and her loved one.
Here are some more interesting "phrases", maybe you have the same:
- The cat sits motionless at the door and looks at her carefully - someone came, but I did not hear.
- The cat growls at the door - this is someone unfamiliar came.
- The cat defiantly sits with its back to me - it is offended.
- The cat sits opposite me, meows insistently and moves his muzzle to my hand - "I came, but you do not stroke me".
- The cat is very satisfied with something, purrs, moves its paws over, as when "milk walking" and, putting out its tongue slightly, from time to time gives out "mea" - it wants emotional support. It's like she's asking: "
- The cat stands up on its hind legs and puts its front ones on me - it wants to hold hands.
- The cat sits on the window sill and, looking out the window, makes these "and-and-and" sounds - swearing at the nasty bird.
- The cat digs its paw out of the bed, 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 its eyes, demonstratively digs up the made bed - it's time to go to bed.
And how does your cat communicate with you?