Is My Cat Happy? Things You NEED to Know
Is my cat happy?
That is a question many pet parents ask themselves on a daily basis.
Cats are an unique species that don't always show signs of emotion. Whether it be happy, sad or indifferent, we may be constantly guessing as to what mood our feline friend is feeling.
In this article we are going to uncover the mysteries of those feline emotions and the tell-tale signs that you may not have noticed before.
Is my cat happy? These are the things you need to know.
The "Eyes" Have It
They say "the eyes are the windows to the soul," but in a cat's case, it can say a lot about its mood.
A happy cat's eyes will dilate in pleasure. This could be when they see you or when their food bowl is full (don't stand in front of the food bowl or you may not know for sure if it's you your cat is happy to see).
Another "eye" emotional response is the "slow-blinky." This is when your cat slowly blinks her eyes when you are looking directly at her. This means your cat is very content in your presence. Try doing it back to let your cat know you feel the same.
Some cats, more than others, are real chatterboxes. They love to tell you all about their day in long "conversations." But even if your feline isn't so talkative, he can still let you know he's feeling fine by the pitch of his meows. A high-pitched vocalization is usually used for a happy moment. This could be when it's treat time or when you've come home from a long day away. Pay attention to your cat's various vocalizations and you will soon be able to differentiate what he's trying to tell you.
A happy cat will lie with its feet tucked under its body. This body posture tells you your cat is at ease with you and whomever else may be in the room.
A super-happy and content cat will sleep on its back. All animal's view their underparts as extremely vulnerable, so if kitty rolls over and offers up her belly for a good scratch, you know you've hit the pinnacle of trust and happiness in your cat's mind.
The Tell "Tail"
When your cat approaches you with her tail straight up in the air it means, "I'm so happy to see you." Another happy tell tail sign is when a cat approaches with her tail straight up, but with a bend at the end (I call this the question mark tail). This is an indication of happiness, but with a bit of reserve thrown in. You may notice your feline friend does this when new people enter your home. However, usually once the initial "investigation" of the new folks is over (and your cat is pleased with them) she will resort back to the happy tail position.
Another tell tail sign of happiness it the quivering tail. This is when your cat's tail is straight up in the air, and the end is quivering very quickly. This is a sign of extreme happiness and excitement.
Happy Head Posture
A cat that is happy to see you will extend its head straight out to you as an invitation to scratch it. Once kitty is satisfied your intentions are good, she may even rub her face along your hand, or give you a gentle "head bonk."
Watch Those Whiskers
The cat's whiskers are remarkable for so many reasons, one of those is the indication of its mood.
A happy cat's whiskers will be positioned slightly to the side or in the neutral position. But watch, if something catches kitty's attention they may perk forward.
I Can "Ear" You
When your cat's happy and relaxed, his ears will be facing forward, but tilted back just slightly. If you see your cat's ears swivel, listen up, because he has heard something that has caught his attention. If it's the sound of the treat bag, he'll be even more happy.
Purring is Tricky
We may think cats purr when they're happy, but this can be tricky. Cats do purr when they are feeling content, but they will also purr when they are in pain or feeling under the weather (this helps soothe them). To know if your cat is purring because he is feeling happy and content, you may have to read the above body languages to know for sure.
Interest in What's Going On
Happy, healthy cats will take an interest in what's going on in their environment. This includes playing with toys, following their special someone around, eating and drinking and just having a general activity level.
If your cat does not seem to be interacting in a normal way, is hiding a lot, has stopped eating/drinking or has exhibited any signs of illness, be sure to take him to the veterinarian for a check up.
Is My Cat Happy? Now You Know
It may take some time for you to get to know exactly what your cat is trying to tell you. But reading her body language and listening to those vocalizations is a good step in the right direction. Afterall, having a happy cat is what every good pet parent wants.
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