What Does the Cat Wante to Tell Us?
What does the cat wante to tell us?
Many years of cat observation experience has helped me to conclude that each cat or cat has its own individual language to communicate with its owner. We always understand almost without error when our cat wants to eat or sleep and when she just needs attention. While this language is unique, there are also common features. For example, all cats ask for food in the same way or show us that they are in pain. In this article I have described the main features of cat behaviour that will help an untrained person to better understand their needs.
1. The cat is hungry.
You're not gonna miss this for sure! The cat won't let you. It'll walk in circles around you, keeping you from getting through. With his face up and his tail high, he'll rub against your legs, occasionally making a sound that looks like a happy "me!". That's the truest sign that it's time for him to have lunch.
There are a number of additional signs. For example, you sat down with something delicious in front of the TV, and although the food from our table is not suitable for cats, they do not know about it. Cats, too, like dogs, sometimes beg. And then you'll have no peace all night!
Your favorite will browbeat you like a calf. He will rumble, sing songs, look you in the eye, psychologically blackmailing. With all his looks, as if saying, "I love you so much, let me eat!" Well, and if you're not a good one, then he can try without hesitation and take his paw...
Cats are night animals. Of course, they will sleep a little in the evening, but as a rule, at four o'clock in the morning they announce "rise". And they wake up very hungry. And at this time you're having the most sleep. That's why they will try to correct this misunderstanding: all the rest of the night they will sing you songs under the door of your bedroom, and if they get into your bed, they will not hesitate to "dig out" you with their paws from under the blanket.
There are several options. The easiest is to leave some dry food and water from the evening. Then the cat will get up, eat, and probably go back to bed. Either get up with it and run and feed it. It's complicated. Either listen to her/him serenades until morning.
2. The cat's in some kind of pain.
Your cat suddenly didn't ask for food this morning and didn't even come to you. And when you asked her to eat, she didn't pay attention to the food. Instead, she sits tensely on her stomach, her coat is ruffled and her pupils may be dilated. That's a sure sign that she's in pain.
And it doesn't have to be her stomach. It could be anything. I once had a cat fall from the second floor and broke its paw, sat just like that. And if they're not feeling well at all, they can be aggressive and even try to bite you. But sometimes you and I get off on our own home when we're not feeling well. It's just like people.
So don't waste your time, go to the vet. He'll do tests, X-rays, ultrasounds, and he'll know what happened to your cat.
Other signs of cat ailment
Here are some more signs when there's something wrong with a cat:
The tongue is very hard and constantly sticking out of its mouth. The cat doesn't clean it up at all. That's a very bad sign. It usually indicates some kind of serious illness. I had this once with a cat. As it turns out, it's a urinary stone disease. I didn't get it right away, so he went into a coma. Thank God he's all right now, he's been cured. But when you see this, don't be shy.
More cats can start coughing, kind of. It can be a sign of either worms or, if the cat is old, a heart attack, or it could choke on thread, rain (from a tree) or something else.
If she vomits, as my vet explained to me, up to twice is normal. Cats can swallow their own hair and then vomit. They can vomit on purpose, for example, by eating herbs at their dacha. Sometimes there may also be white foam vomiting on an empty stomach. But when she vomits or vomits once, but there you see blood, or vomiting unnaturally bright, yellow as a marker, for example, it can be a sign of infection or some other disease. You should see a vet right away.
If a cat is shaking something. Her head, for example, maybe her ears hurt. If it's a paw, take a good look, it could hurt somewhere and it hurts to walk.
If a cat stops licking out and she's always been clean before, it's also a sign of ill health.
3. The cat is bored.
Is the cat in a playful mood, not giving you passage, while bringing you toys, trying to make a toy out of you or from your slippers? Throwing its balls under your feet, climbed up on your hands and does not allow you to stare at the phone? She's bored. Play with her!
Cats have been playing all their lives. It's the most important part of their health, along with proper nutrition. Cats play even at a very respectable age. True, of course, it's less. And cats are just vital for their good growth. For proper development of muscles, bones and joints.
Cats are social animals, and if you only have one, they can be bored. Then it's just essential for her normal mental health to play with her sometimes. Plus, it'll bring you closer. And you'll get a huge positive energy boost, too.
You don't have to buy some expensive toy to play together. If you have nothing on hand at all, take a piece of paper and a rope. And you'll see what a pleasure you and your kitty will get.
4. The cat demands purity.
Cats are very clean animals. They don't like a dirty tray and won't go in it. If their pot is a mess, they can sit next to each other and make a puddle right on the floor without the slightest remorse. But as a rule, they'll warn you in advance that you have to clean up.
My cats, for example, will then deliberately start burying something in the pot loudly. They won't even touch the filler. They're just pawing at the edge of the tray and screaming annoyingly. And it's not that gentle "me" when they ask for food. No! It's clearly a curse! You'll know they'll scream differently. For some reason, at times like this, I feel like they're telling me, "Man, get to the tray!"
5. The cat is about to attack.
The cat turned its ears back and folded them up with an envelope, looking at you carefully and making horrible, cold sounds at the same time. Her pupils are dilated. She is about to attack you.
And what did you expect? They're predators. They don't like family names. And you'll decide for yourself what you've done to bring this delicate, fluffy creature to such a state. I'll just say that cats don't just attack like that. So, there was a reason. And the cat's just defending itself.
Most of the time, of course, cats are aggressive. Especially not castrated. And in relation to each other. In the same square, they'll fight all the time. They're very extraterritorial, so they won't tolerate anyone else. Although, I do have cats in the common area right now. But it hasn't been easy.
Cats can become aggressive, too, if they protect their kittens. I had an incident when I was a kid. I had a cat, she probably thought I was her kitten and kept me safe from everything. And as soon as one of my pets raised his voice at me, even for a joke, this cat showed a very aggressive behavior.
Anyway, remember that there's a saying: "What you sow, you reap." As you treat your cat, so will she treat you.
6. The cat declares its love.
Most of the time, our cats love us. And they're not shy about telling us that. If your pet pushes your head, rumbles at you, she says, "I love you." For no reason, no way. Only cats can love you like that.
She can start licking you. Running up to you with a gentle purr, like mom cats calling their kittens - now you're her kitten too, and you need to wash up.
Or she'll press your stomach or something, it's called "milk walking" - you're her mum now. Adult animals do that too, sometimes for life. And it doesn't depend on whether the kitten has a mother or has lost her early for some reason.
I have a cat that was born before my eyes, it's an adult now and it lives with its mother. I can tell you with certainty that she has not been deprived of her mother's care. It's just a show of love.
The cat bites you a little, not a lot, just a little bit with its fangs. And it rumbles. It doesn't bite. It kisses you! How else would she do that?
And if a cat lets you scratch its belly, it trusts you with its life.
7. Seven. That's mine!
As soon as the cat enters your house, it starts marking its territory. Even if you don't have a cat, it's a castrated cat. It's all the same. They'll rub their faces against all objects. Behind their ears, they have special glands that secrete only their individual scent. It's part of their physiology.
They mark the territory with their paws, too. There are glands there, too. But after the cat says "it's mine" to the world, there's only one unmarked object left - it's you.
So it starts rubbing its face against you and trying to "claw" a little. So she says you're her property.
And there are extreme cases of love. Usually not castrated cats, everyone knows about it, leave their marks everywhere. Urine. And they can tag your personal belongings and even you. They don't want to hurt you in any way. The cats just say, "I love you and you're just mine/ mine, I'm not ready to share you with another cat."
These are the basic "phrases" from the cat phrasebook. But, of course, anyone who has cats at home will tell a lot of new ones. Everything is individual. And each cat makes up this phrasebook especially for himself and his loved one.
Here are some more interesting "phrases", maybe you have the same:
The cat sits still in front of the door and looks at it carefully - someone came, and I did not hear.
The cat growls at the door - it's somebody who hasn't come.
The cat defiantly sat down with his back to me - I was offended.
The cat sits in front of me, meowing demandingly and giving me a hand with its muzzle - "I've come, and you're not stroking me".
The cat is very happy with something, rumbles, goes over with his legs, as with "milk walking" and, powerfully sticking out his tongue, from time to time gives "me" - she wants emotional support. She kind of asks: "I'm good, right?"
The kitten stands on her hind legs, and the front legs put it on me - she wants to put it on her hands.
The cat sits on the window sill and looks out the window and makes these "i-i-i" noises - curses at the nasty bird.
The cat digs a paw out of bed, can still carefully, without claws, stroke a paw on a cheek - it is time to get up.
In the evening the cat looks closely into the eyes, demonstratively digs up the bed - it's time to go to bed.
And how does your cat communicate with you?
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