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What is my cat trying to tell me

Cat emotions are very complex, but we do know that cats have a language that goes beyond the sounds they make and the signals they give. Cats communicate a great deal through body language, like sitting in a particular position that means "I'm comfortable here". They also have facial expressions that can mean a lot.

Some of the more common body language signals cats give are:

Arched back: A cat that is feeling threatened, cornered, or injured will arch its back, and make a low growl sound.

A cat that is feeling threatened, cornered, or injured will arch its back, and make a low growl sound. Crouching: Cats will crouch low to the ground when they are feeling threatened, and will do so to try to blend in with their surroundings.

Cats will crouch low to the ground when they are feeling threatened, and will do so to try to blend in with their surroundings. Tail held high: A cat showing aggression will hold its tail vertically up, and may even present it to another cat to show that he is prepared to fight.

A cat showing aggression will hold its tail vertically up, and may even present it to another cat to show that he is prepared to fight. Purring: Cats purr when they are happy, and this is an extremely calming noise.

Cats purr when they are happy, and this is an extremely calming noise. Growling: Cats will make a low growl sound to indicate that they are feeling threatened, or are being aggressive.

Cats will make a low growl sound to indicate that they are feeling threatened, or are being aggressive. Sideways look: This is a look that indicates that a cat isn't happy, and that it might be time to leave the area.

This is a look that indicates that a cat isn't happy, and that it might be time to leave the area. Eyes half-closed: This is a look that indicates that a cat is feeling relaxed, and is ready to sleep.

This is a look that indicates that a cat is feeling relaxed, and is ready to sleep. Tail held high: Tail held high is a common sign of contentment, and is one that is given by many cats.

Tail held high is a common sign of contentment, and is one that is given by many cats. Licking itself: Cats frequently lick themselves to clean themselves, and to show that they are feeling comfortable.

Cats frequently lick themselves to clean themselves, and to show that they are feeling comfortable. Lying in a relaxed position: A relaxed cat will lie very still, with its head and tail relaxed.

A relaxed cat will lie very still, with its head and tail relaxed. Purring: Cats purr to communicate, and this is often how they communicate when they are happy and relaxed.

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