A Guide to Cat Body Language and Communication
Whenever I clean the litter box, my cat rolls around on his back on the floor next to it. Is this a thank you? Or some kind of objection? Or neither?
Maybe try communicating with your cat?
Our cats communicate differently with us than with other animals. They use great number of noises, sounds plus body language to communicate.
Let's take a cat's most common sound "meow" for and instance.
Have you ever noticed how the tone of "meow" changes when they express different states like hunger, anger, curiosity and happiness?
We know from research that cats have a language of their own.
In fact the meows you hear could be one of 20 different sounds they're making, all with slightly different inflections and behavioral responses.
Yes, meow means something.
What does it mean, you ask?
Good question. It's about the same as aloha in Hawaiian. The meaning changes.
Context matters hugely. Is it a mean meow, or a friendly one?
What about the cat's body action? Is he facing towards you, or away? Is the tail curled, or lying flat against the floor?
Depending on these points, "meow" could mean "let's watch a movie together" or "boy am I thirsty right now."
So getting the tone and body language right is critical!
The truth is you and I could understand what our cats are trying to say if we only listened and interpreted.
And both are quite easy to do.
Have you ever wanted to understand your cat? And respond back?
Then the guide described at https://talktomeow.xyz/will teach you the essentials of cat communication to open your ears (and your heart) into the fascinating world of feline communication, both verbal and nonverbal.
The guide is like the missing link that allows you to bond with your own feline friend as if he was a human child.
Some cats roll IN their litter box for various reasons. For one, they like the dust bath, to get rid of itches, parasites, etc. It is similar to cats rolling in the dirt outside. They will then wash the dust off.
In your kitty’s case, however, a more likely explanation is that he is happy to see the box cleaned and is re-marking it as his. As a cat rolls, it releases pheromones from scent glands along its body; these leave a message to other cats that “This is mine!” Even though there may not be other cats in the household, a cat may still like to claim his turf.
If your cat is purring at the same time, it most likely is saying thank you!
Recently I was diagnosed with sleep apnea which I had no idea I had as I always thought it was associated with being over weight or drinking heavily- before being diagnosed my car began waking me in the night by pulling my hair and biting my scalp - I truly believe she was waking me because I had stopped breathing - since using the cpap machine she no longer wakes me - I love her to bits and we are true soul mates - we found each other in Spain six years ago and my daughter and I absolutely adore her.
Bless you for taking care of the so easily discarded cats. There are a few ferals in my neighborhood whom I have fed, but they usually meet an unfortunate end from the foxes and bobcats.
I truly wish people would take the responsibility to spay and neuter!
Foxes don't eat cats. While they may occasionally prefer and eat a mouse or rat, their main diet is insects. Coyotes do catch and eat cats.
volunteer groups exist to help people get their cats or dogs "spayed"; the program name is: Trap-Neuter-Return;
My cat, Koal, is protective of me. Anyone who gets too close to me is met with a ball of fur( my cat). He likes to sleep at the foot of my bed, and if his brother enters the room, my cat will not let him on the bed if I am there.
He only meows if he wants food. When he is beside me, he purrs and makes soft sounds to let me know he is happy for the attention. He even comes running when I call his name. Who needs a dog, when I have such a wonderful ball of fur!
I've had the unusual good fortune to befriend, and be befriended by, two female ferals. "Sweet Thing" got her name as I watched daily this tiny mother bravely and savagely protect her endless stream of kittens until we caught her and got her spayed. Boy, was she mad! It took two years of being fed in my patio for her two decide she liked me. She would draw blood as soon as look at you so it was a shock when she walked under my hand during a feeding. I thought she was going to attack and I literally fell on my backside from a crouching position from shock! Bit by bit we became friendlier. She eventually moved in and would sleep on top of me on the bed along w/ 5 other cats - but she was always queen in her mind. She had such presence and personality. I grieved so when she died of a tumor. Since then another female I used to refer to as "Blur" has adopted me over the years. She moved so quickly you weren't really sure if you saw her, hence the name! She now goes by "Lily" has become more trusting and very affectionate. I've moved and visit her daily to feed her. I worry about trying to move a feral cat. Hopefully I'll figure this out soon. But, she is ever so sweet and head bumps me when I feed her. And, she's quite the talker when I greet her in the patio. To make a friend of a very wild cat is a special honor you never forget!