cat behaviour


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.


Happy cat hold their tails 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 in control of their environment.

Cats are territorial by nature and need time to adjust to unfamiliar people, places and smells.

When cats feel comfortable in their environment, they rub their cheeks against walls and furniture or nuzzle up against your legs. This leaves a message, undetectable to humans, known as a feline facial pheromone.

If you see your cat displaying this facial marking behaviour, it’s a good sign your cat is feeling safe and secure.


6 signs to watch for include:

Cats are good at hiding stress

Unlike dogs, who give obvious behavioural signs when they need something, cats are far more discrete and complex when it comes to showing signs of stress.

Knowing the common warning signs that your cat is feeling stressed is essential in identifying their emotional well-being and making the changes necessary to improve their feeling of security and contentment. Using a Feliway Diffuser or Feliway Spray can help reduce stress by comforting and reassuring your cat that their environment is a safe, familiar place to be.

Learn more about causes of stress in cats.

Want to learn more about cat behaviour?

Visit the International Cat Care website for even more great information on cat behaviour and tips for understanding your cat.