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.
A TAIL STRAIGHT UP in the air, with a relaxed flick of the top of the tail
LOTS OF AFFECTION, including rubbing against your legs or cuddling in your lap.
A high pitched “MEOW!” while chatting with you.
LYING ON ITS BACK with four paws stretched out.
Being curious and PLAYFUL like a kitten.
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.
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
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.
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.