Signs that my Cat is Happy
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When a cat is happy, everything around them is in harmony, including its human companions. But as cats can't speak, how do you know if your pet is happy?
In fact, there are many different ways of knowing the mood of your cat. Cats are creatures that express their feelings through a wide range of body language and all types of noises and meows.
In order for you to know a little more about your pet, and so that you can communicate better with it, here at AnimalWised we've compiled a list of signs that your cat is happy.
The body posture of a cat can tell you if it is happy. When your pet has its head up and keeps it like this, it is telling you that it feels good and safe at that time and place. If, at the same time, its head is pointing forward, it means that it is saying hello and welcoming you to touch and pet it. This is the right time to hold out your hand so that your cat can smell it, and then place it down on its head for a tender hello.
The same applies to the tail; if it is straight up in the air it is a sign of happiness, and when the tip of the tail makes a small hook it means it is excited.
You know that your cat is having a pleasant and happy sleep when it sleeps with its legs tucked under, because this is a sign that it's comfortable and totally relaxed in that environment. Your cat feels at home.
A cat is at its absolute happiest when it lies on its back with its paws in the air. When you see your cat in this position, go and give it lots of cuddles and express your own happiness with it, sharing the moment together.
Noises and sounds
When a cat is happy it wants everyone to know about it, and it will do this by trying to converse with you with long meows. High pitched tones express joy and happiness, but deeper tones mean it's uncomfortable, upset and reserved.
Cats are very vocal animals. Not only do they communicate with meows, but they also make noises which are completely unique to their species - they purr. Keep an ear out for your cat purring as you pet it, because it is a sign that it is enjoying whatever is happening.
However, if it purrs when you approach it, it might mean that it won't be very assertive with this next encounter.
The eyes are the window to the soul
If your cat looks at you with half-closed eyes, it is not mysteriously watching you, but quite the opposite. This is a sign that it appreciates you and feels happy. Remember that a cat's eyes are the gateway of emotional expression.
If, for example, you see your cat's eyes dilate when you place delicious food in front of it, this means that it is very happy and satisfied. The sudden dilation of a cat's eyes is a clear sign of excitement and happiness.
What makes cats happy?
Cats love preening and grooming themselves; this isn't only a sign that they like to keep clean, but also that they are happy. If you see your cat constantly preening itself or grooming other cats or pets that you have at home, it means it is always happy.
A sign of happiness and appreciation for you or another human being is when it rubs up against a person's body. This is how cats greet people, offering a friendly and warm embrace.
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