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How To Assess Your Cat’s Body Language

What is your cat trying to tell you?

What is your cat trying to tell you?

Do you feel like your cat talks to you? You’re not wrong! Along with meowing, howling, chirping, or hissing, cats communicate in a variety of non-verbal ways too. In a huge way, your cat is talking to you all the time, but it may be difficult to surmise what they’re actually trying to say with their body language. Once you know what to look out for, you’ll find that, although you’re not actually having conversations with your cat, your line of communication with your feline friend is much more open.

Check their Tail

Your cat’s tail is a great indicator of their feelings–anywhere from comfortable to upset or bored. If your cat’s tail is high with a small curl forward, they’re happy or content. If their tail begins to twitch, pay attention to what they’re looking at, as your cat is probably interested in something. Check for a twitching or wagging tail as they’re about to pounce on a toy or if they’re looking out a window. If your cat’s tail is more rigid and they’re wagging it with more force, they may be overwhelmed and stressed out. A tail that is wrapped under their belly is indicating concern about a situation and a tail that is puffy and held stiffly behind them means they’re terrified.

Look at their Ears

Cats don’t just listen with their ears, they can indicate a host of different feelings with them. Your cat is relaxed if their ears are facing forward or slightly to the side. Ears that are pricked forward can indicate excitement or interest in something, like a toy. If you think your cat may be nervous, look out for their ears to twitch quickly, if you notice that their ears are pinned tightly down, they are upset: either fearful or agitated.

Make Eye Contact

Specifically, the pupils of your cat’s eyes will tell you if your cat is relaxed or agitated. A calm kitty will have normal, not dilated, pupils, their eyes will be open and they will make eye contact with you. (However, if your cat is extremely relaxed, their eyes may be slightly closed.) Dilated pupils indicate excitement, but pay attention to what your cat is gazing at. If your cat has a fixed gaze, they may be ready to pounce, but if your cat is avoiding eye contact and their eyes are darting around the room, they may be looking for a way to escape, like if you just brought them home.


For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!

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