Horse whispering… dog whispering… so…what about cat whispering? Any cat whisperers out there? Can anyone speak "Cat"?
Cats are complicated animals, and communicating with them can be a challenge. Cat whispering hasn't gained the popularity and success that dog and horse whispering have, but there are ways to communicate with Kitty. You can read your cat's body language to understand her feelings, and you can send her positive messages to let her know she's loved and appreciated. Here are some tips on how to understand what your cat wants and to help you to better understand and communicate with your cat. Who knows…you may become the next "Cat Whisperer"!
Cats show their expressions with intricate changes of their body from head to tail. For example, here are some signs of cat communication:
By watching your cats behavior, you can better communicate or understand what he or she is saying. As every cat lover knows, cats are complex animals. This is merely the basic body language of a cat, but every cat is different and has her own quirks. Observation and bonding are important to learn the specific ways your cat expresses her emotions.
What about cat feelings? Cats have unusual habits that also reveal their feelings. If you're petting your cat and she appears to be wagging her tail, she's not giving you the same message that the family dog would be giving you with his tail. Kitty is telling you she's had enough, and if you continue to pet her, she may bite you. If Kitty was sitting in the window watching a bird and her tail was flicking and thumping, you would know she wanted to attack the bird. The same applies to your hand.
On the contrary, if you're petting your cat and she's kneading your leg with her paws, she's showing you love and appreciation. This kneading action begins when Kitty is a nursing kitten. She kneads on her mother's breast while she eats. Cats continue kneading as adults, kneading their bedding, their owners, a stuffed animal…. anything that makes them happy.
Cat Rubbing and Marking
What is a cat saying when doing the cat rubbing or cat marking behaviors? Cats also show their appreciation by rubbing their scent glands on people or objects. These scent glands, which produce chemicals called pheromones, are located on the forehead, near the mouth, around the paw pads, at the tip of the tail, and around the anus. Whatever a cat rubs her head or face on, she is happily claiming as hers, and she is showing appreciation.
Cat marking from the rear end (such as urine spraying) is a behavior reserved for times of anxiety, for aggressive territory marking, and as a sexual enticement. Intact cats (especially males) are more likely to urine mark. Marking with the glands around the paw pads is done during scratching. This is a very common way for a cat to claim territory, both visually with scratch marks and with the scent of pheromones. Scratching also provides an emotional outlet for cats and a way to stretch after a long nap.