Body Language of Cats – AARCS


When they are ill or injured:  When a cat is feeling sick, their body language can be a little more subtle than most people can recognize.  They will howl or yowl but sometimes they can get a little too quiet as well.  That is why you need to pay a little more attention to what they are doing.  If you find your cat is lying in a crouched position with their head and ears down, it is a sure sign that something is wrong.  If they are lying in a way that is not normal to them, they are probably trying to avoid any pressure on that part of their body that is infected in some way.  They just want to avoid making what’s bothering them worse when they do this.  Their eyes may be dull and glassy as well.  So, when your feline friend is displaying this behavior, you might want to take them to the vet, ASAP!     

It’s hard enough to communicate person to person sometimes but with cats it is much trickier.  It is no one’s fault; it just is what it is (which is a challenge).  However, this is an obstacle that both the cat and owner can overcome together.  Just look at their eyes, tails, ears, postures, whiskers, and calls.  They will tell you what your cat’s mood is.  By gauging them, bonding with them, and looking at the world through their eyes you will better understand your feisty feline friend.  Just keep at it!





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