Unlike their fellow dogs, cats are animals with a more complex language and perhaps difficult for us to learn at first. It will not always be easy or quick to understand what our kitty wants to convey to us, but below we will leave you with a series of keys to understand what our cat means.
Forms of communication in cats
We could broadly classify two forms of communication main ones that cats possess: one coming from their basic instincts and natural, and another through its behaviour. But we cannot understand what our cat wants to tell us by taking into account only a specific behavior, but we must interpret the movements, gestures, meows and any other gesture as a whole.
The basic instincts of any feline are mainly summarized in one: mark their territory. They love to spread his scent and leave a mark throughout the space they consider theirs. It is a way of leaving their mark on the place and also warn other possible cats that this is their area. For this reason it is very important that the cat has its own place to rest or to put its nails on its scratching post. In this way you will relieve stress and you can mark your zone.
Another widely known form of communication is meow: according to its tone and intensity, our feline will try to tell us what is the need they have.
The short meows and multiple are usually used as greetingwhile when it comes to a long meowis trying to communicate a need: food, care…
But if there is a form of expression that drives all of us who have a pussycat crazy, it is without a doubt the purr. In addition to doing it when they feel comfortable, happy and calm, there are other reasons why they can purr; when they are hungry, feel stressed or when they feel any kind of pain.
As they do so, endorphins are released that allow the animal (through the vibrations they produce) to relax and calm down if they are nervous.
Did you know that cats use their meows to communicate with humans, and not with other cats?
It is a characteristic that they learned through their evolution, since they observed that they could not communicate with people in the same way as with their peers and adapted their language to achieve better communication.
Despite the fact that they are not able to distinguish words and pay the same attention as their fellow dogs, studies have been carried out that ensure that they areI recognize your nameeven though they don’t always obey when they hear it.
And your cat, did you know these keys to understand what our cat means? How does he communicate with you? tell us in the comments?
Technical Specialist in Pets. I work every day with what I like the most: pets. I combine my profession with various NGOs in the sector that help thousands of animals that have been victims of abuse and neglect every day. Always in continuous training to continue understanding and offering the best services to the animal world.