cat behavior

cat BEHAVIOR

While it might not be possible to have a conversation with your cat about how it’s feeling, there are many ways to identify whether your cat is happy and relaxed or distressed and upset.

Being able to pick up on these signals will increase your cat’s feeling of security and will increase its show of love and affection to you and your entire household.

SIGNS OF A HAPPY CAT

Happy cat hold their tails up

A TAIL STRAIGHT UP in the air, with a relaxed flick of the top of the tail

Happy cats showing their underside

LOTS OF AFFECTION, including rubbing against your legs or cuddling in your lap.

A high pitched “MEOW!” while chatting with you.

happy cats have healthy appetites

A healthy APPETITE.

happy cats show their underside and want to play

LYING ON ITS BACK with four paws stretched out.

happy cats like to play and spend more time with their owners

Being curious and PLAYFUL like a kitten.

Cats are at their most loving and well behaved when they feel safe and in control of their environment.

When they feel this control, they will carefully mark their home using facial marking via the release of pheromones. This release happens each time a cat rubs its face against furniture or nuzzles up against your legs.

It's not possible to have a conversation with your cat about feelings, but there are ways to identify if your cat is happy and relaxed or stressed and upset.

Recognizing these signals will help you increase your cat’s feeling of security and will increase its show of love and affection to you and your entire household

SIGNS OF AN UNHAPPY CAT

7 signs to look out for include:

There are many things that can cause a cat stress.  

Even small changes in your home can upset your cat.  Activities such as moving, redecorating or rearranging furniture disrupt your cat's normal routine which is upsetting and stressful.  That stress can lead to unhappy behavior such as less interaction with you, hiding, general mischief or even scratching or urine spraying.

Using a Feliway® product can help your cat feel more safe and secure during times of change.  

Place a Feliway diffuser in the area your cat frequents the most to help them to adjust more easily to any changes going on.  You can also spray Feliway on new furniture to "mark" it as safe

For more information on cat behavior, visit the American Association of Feline Practitioners website.

We have more simple tips on things you can do to help cats feel more at home. Take a look at our Happy Home section for additional tips and advice.