Cats are one of the most expressive animals on the planet. You can certainly tell if a cat is happy, in need of attention, annoyed or just in its own world! From chasing mice to rolling around on the floor, there has to be a reason behind all this! So how does one exactly read Cat Behaviour?
By now you must have realized that cats have the tendency to rub themselves up against people’s feet, people’s body or just people in general (!) whenever greeting a person. This is a form of active greeting in contrast to the more lazy way of greeting, by rolling around on the floor, tummy facing the sky. However, greeting is not as simple as you may think it is within cat behaviour. If a cat lays down tummy facing the sky, it trusts the people he/she is around as the exposure of a cat’s tummy is a very vulnerable position. This would show the distinct relationship with the people around it from the cat’s point of view!
Although purring may sound very soothing to the ears, it is not necessarily always the best sign of cat behaviour. Many people get confused with purring being only associated with pleasure. Purring can be a sign of a cat in pain, agony or even labour pains! On the other hand, a cat that approaches you purring is often a friendly cat which gives you the signal of permission to pet it. Often you can tell if a cat is friendly by giving it a lengthened ‘meow’ with the best imitation of a cat you can possibly do! Most of the cats I have done it to change their initial direction and walk up to me purring! Signs of a friendly cat!
It will eventually be normal for outdoor cats to leave their owner gifts. Gifts meaning, dead mice, dead birds or anything else they manage to catch. Consider it this way, the cat loves you! Thus, this effort of cat behaviour should never be punished as it is the cats attempt to bond the owner-cat relationship further into a next stage!
Tail movements may be due to a cat being indecisive over a particular issue. “should I stay or should I go?!” However, although this could mean a cat is indecisive, there is the potential other whereby the cat could be feeling threatened and in an angry position thus signaling for the other party to back away. This form of cat behaviour is often misinterpreted especially since one has to know their cat through and through to be able to judge such tricky cat behaviour!