I were playing outside when she noticed the cat sitting in the
window of the house across the street. There are two cats that live
in that house with two dogs. We started to wonder if they all talked
to each other.
know much about
cats so I asked our
cat friend Fo
how cats talk to each other and other animals and humans. (Fo lives in India so she speaks Hindi. See her saying "Hello" in the picture)
said that cats communicate lots of different ways. They use their
voices, they use their bodies, and they use
scents. Interesting, so do dogs.
use their voices to let you know what they want. They purr when they
are happy and they howl when they are scared or angry. A
cat meowing while standing near their bowl probably means you are
late with their dinner.
use their eyes, ears and tails to let you know what they are
thinking. If you see a cat puffing up her tail, baring her teeth,
arching her back and bringing out her claws, it most likely means she
is not happy and it's best to back away cuz
she ready to fight.
have a good sense of smell so their bestest way to communicate is by
scent. They mark their territory with scent to let other cats know
to stay way. When kittens are born, the can't see at all so the only
way they know where their mama is is by smell. Cats
have glands in their faces that release their scent. Lots
of time you will see kittens kissing noses or
with their mama. Grown cats will touch noses or rub their heads with
cats they are friendly with.
are another place where cats release scent. When you see a cat
are marking their territory.
cats spray to mark their territory which makes their humans very
unhappy if they do it inside the house.
couldn't tell us much about eye blinking or staring because she is
blind but she said that her friend Alpha told her that she blinks or
her eyes to
all the time because blinking and
closing her eyes is
a sign of trust.
opposite of blinking is starting. Cats don't like eye contact so if
a cat is staring it means they feel threatened so it is better to not
go near them.
use their tails to communicate
confident cat will walk with their tail held high. If you see a cat
with their tail tucked between their legs, it means they are insecure
sounds like cats and dogs have a lot in common as far as how we
communicate. Now if I see a cat showing her teeth and claws, I know
to keep walking by and not stop to say hello.
good for people to understand how their pets communicate so they can
make life less stressful for everyone. Like when you see your dog or
cat sitting near the treat jar, it probably means they want a cookie
and you should give them one so they don't get stressed.