March 9, 2016

What Does Your Cat’s Body Language Mean?

Your cat’s body language and gestures say so much about his or her personality and needs. I’ll explain by asking a somewhat embarrassing question…

At the risk of sounding crude, have you ever wondered why your cat puts his or her rear end right in your face?
Your cat is actually asking you to bond with him or her! In other words, a display of cat butt means “I love you.”

(Let’s be glad that dogs communicate their affections in other ways.)

But what about your cat’s other body language? Keep reading to discover how to determine your cat’s emotions through his or her body language.


If your cat is rolled up into a ball, but all four feet are on the ground, this is a sign that your cat is worried about something.

Keep in mind that your feline pal will often sleep or relax while in this position; however, you can tell the difference between rest and worry by seeing where his feet are.

If her paws are on the ground, and she is standing in rolled-up/crouched position, it’s an indication of worry.
This body language does not mean that the cat has severe anxiety—animals have common stressors and emotions like people do every day.


If your cat is standing with his tail straight in the air, this is a general sign of contentment. Note that her tail must not be shaking or moving vigorously, as this is not a sign of happiness.

Your cat will often stand in front of you in this tail-straight-up position. Most likely, she is telling you “Hi. It’s good to see you.”

When you’re greeted with a friendly hello, pay attention to what happens next, as your cat is likely to tell you what he needs. It could be food, a pat on the head, or the desire to go hunt insects and swat at dust motes.


When your cat gets on his back, that body language means he trusts you. This “omega” position is often a sign of submission, which isn’t a bad thing in a cat’s world.

When your friend is submissive, your cat knows you mean no harm.

This on-the-back position could also be an invitation to play or a request for belly rubs. On some occasions, this body language is a request for food.

Look at her eyes, as well. If the eyes are half-closed or droopy, it’s a sign that your cat is relaxed and trusts you.


Other than a casual butt in the face, your cat will often express love through his tail. Look for a shaking tail, as this is a sign of affection.

However, do pay attention to whether or not the fur is flared out. A shaking tail with flat fur means love. However, if the tail is expanding, it means anger or irritation.

As with any relationship, communication can get complicated. Hopefully, this blog helps you understand what your cat needs.

One of those needs is, of course, food. And I promise you—your cat’s tail will shake happily with The Original CrockPET Diet®




Cheers to a Lifetime of Great Health!
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