In the first of a three-part series of visual guides about cat behaviour, we’re examining common cat body language and postures.
Learning to understand your cat by reading their body
language is a fascinating part of owning a cat and it can improve the
relationship between you. Cats can be very subtle in their body language and
can be difficult to ‘read’ as they have not evolved the many visual
communication signals that are seen in social species, like dogs. Spend time
watching your cat – see how they move and interacts with their environment, their
facial expressions, body postures and vocalisations in different situations –
and you can start to build a picture of how your cat is feeling. Here are a few
common body postures to give you clues about your cat’s mood:
Should you have any concerns about your cat’s health or
behaviour, consult your vet.
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To find out more about
feline behaviour, read our Essential Guide leaflet: Understanding your cat’s behaviour or access our free online e-learning course: Understanding Feline Origins.