Oscar’s Guide To Feline Communication

Unfortunately we cats cannot actually speak although imagine how brilliantly articulate we would be if we could! But if you watch us there are always lots of useful clues to how we are feeling about life.

Rubbing the head, or body, against a person or object is the way your cat marks its territory, a warning to other cats that you already have a cat in charge in the household.

An arched back, straight legs, staring eyes and an electric shock tail indicate that your cat is ready to attack. Stand clear!oscar-body-language

A cat licking his lips and gazing fixedly down the garden is thinking, “If that bird would just stay put for twenty seconds …”

When your cat greets you by rolling on its back and presenting you with a furry tummy to admire it is showing that it has complete trust in you. However attempts to tickle that tempting fluffy tummy may well result in a well timed swipe with a paw as this is a very sensitive area!

Purring generally means “oh yes, I like that” and “yes – she’s going for the can opener!”. But your cat can also purr when in pain or distress – we are not consistent creatures!

A quiet clicking noise may mean that your cat has spotted an unsuspecting bird and is planning lunch.

That endearing little chirping sound, used by mother cats to organise their kittens together, is used by adult cats to say “hi” to their owners. This is seen as very endearing and is normally good for an extra large portion of food. A tactic often used at meal times.

Hissing and spitting is a clear signal to clear the area fast!

A straight tail with a slight kink at the tip indicates something interesting has been spotted.

A tail held stiffly at right-angles to the body means “hi, it’s good to see you”.

A tail with a twitchy tip means “I’m starting to get angry”.

A tail waved vigorously from side to side means “I’m not happy – I suggest you get out of my way now!”.

An arched tail with the fur fluffed means “this is my territory – hang around and the fur will fly!”.

A tail held low with fur fluffed out means “I’m frightened” – not that I ever am, of course!