We might never know exactly what a cat is thinking, but it’s possible to get a pretty good idea of what they are feeling by learning to read feline facial expressions. Unfortunately, a recent study found that reading cat facial expressions is pretty hard for most people to do. If you’re wondering how you might do, take a cat faces interactive quiz here.)
Learning to read cat body language is another skill you can employ to try to get inside your cat’s head. This is somewhat easier than learning to read cat facial expressions. Understanding what certain feline postures and body movements mean can shed a lot of light on what’s going on inside your cat’s head.
For example, some of the signs that a cat is feeling calm and at peace include a relaxed body, ears in a relaxed and neutral position (not drawn back), and whiskers in a relaxed position, with the pupils of the eyes appearing as small slits. Signs that a cat is feeling mildly stressed include a stiff body, head turned away, body leaning back or crouched low to the ground, whiskers extended forward, and pupils slightly dilated.
Body language that indicates a very stressed, anxious or frightened cat include: ears turned backward or folded flat against the head, tail low, body crouched very flat to the ground, hair standing up on the body and tail (possibly with an arched back), and the pupils of the eyes very dilated. A very scared or aggressive cat may also hiss, spit, growl, and swat with her claws.
Get Inside Your Cat’s Head
Even if you never know for sure what your cat is thinking about, it can be fun to envision what might be going on inside its mysterious mind. The next time you see your cat, take note of its facial expression and body language, and try to imagine what it might be thinking. For all you know, your cat simply thinking about how much it loves you.
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