Understanding your cat’s behaviour
Why does my cat behave like this?
Watch and observe your cat:
Kissy eyes – cats squeeze their eyes shut when they are happy.
Happy cats will greet you with the tail held high and the tip slightly bent.
Cats thrash their tails when they are annoyed or in a bad mood.
A flicking tail indicates that your cat is feeling tension.
An aggressive or nervous cat may pull it’s ears back and show the teeth and claws.
Cats scratch to release a scent from the pads in their paws.
Cats brush up against you to release scent.
They have glands around the face and also on the tail area and paws.
Purring for pleasure – a low frequency sound that is made from the cat’s chest, not from the vocal chords.
Whilst cats usually purr when relaxed and happy they can purr when in pain to try and comfort themselves.
A cat’s affection has to be earned, but they are loving and once trust is established they are loyal and can make devoted companions.
Cats have helped many children, adults and other animals.
Playing with your cat
Playing with your cat will continue to strengthen the bond between you.