Between sounds and body language, cats have quite a vocabulary. It is handy to know what kitty is saying. Your relationship with the cat will improve, you will enjoy the cat more, and kitty will be happier once you get the hang of it.
|Hello||Cat raises tail when walking towards you.|
|Pet me||Cat rolls around on the floor with its tummy up.|
|You are pissing me off||Cat jerks tail back and forth, looks at you with slitty eyes. Could|
be followed by hissing and/or a mean meow.
|Feed me||Meowing, purring, twisting around your legs, and generally bugging you until you turn towards their bowl. This is followed by them scurrying in front of you.|
|This is mine||Rubbing up against you, the dog, or an object, usually head first. There are glands in the cat face that produce a chemical that is distributed to things they rub their head on. It tells other cats “this is mine”.|
|Let’s play||The minute you move, the kitty crouches down and hides behind something that isn’t large enough to cover them, eyes shining. Brings their toy to you.|
|I love you||A slow blink while looking at you. Bringing you a toy, a mouse, something they found.|
Sitting on you and purring.
|I want to be underneath this blanket||Cat pats the blanket and then looks at you. The trick is to raise the blanket so the cat can go underneath while the cat is standing on it, patting. They don’t understand the concept of move, I’ll raise the blanket, and then you will get to go underneath.|
|Come along now||Mother cats make a small sound to call their kittens. This is called trilling. It is 3-5 variations in a 3 second meow. Kind of like me me me. With the “me” being the beginning sound of a meow. My youngest cat, who has never had kittens, uses that sound for “get up and feed me”.|
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