Understanding Cats Behaviour
Cats are great companions for humans. They are independent and wonderfully curious animals, who jump and climb and hide and seek. We must carefully observe and understand their behaviours and body language to help ensure they stay happy and healthy.
Our wonderful feline animal friends are mysterious, majestic, curious and are amazing.
Like dogs, cats do a lot of communication with their bodies. They like to vocalise through meowing, purring, and hissing. When cats have something to say they often will purr, another way they communicate with us and each other. Kittens will purr at their mothers to encourage the mother to continue nursing them. They purr when they want attention or want to be stroked, the vibrations from the sound can have a calming effect on people.
Although a purr can also indicate sickness or being unwell, and in fact the vibrations and frequencies are known to help heal bone damage and tendons in an injured cat. It is a form of self-medication and pain control and can help ease breathing, self-calm and build muscles, can indicate they are relaxed and safe among other health benefits. Cats who are frightened will often purr to themselves, this is to help them when they are anxious or stressed.
The actual sound of a purr is made by air passing the vocal cords which then rattles them.
Feral cats do not vocalise as much because they watch everything and all comings and goings of their colonies. They will often hide and run away from humans, behaving like their wild ancestors. Although mothers will vocalise to their kittens.
Eventually cats adapted to living alongside their humans, accepting of humans and being more sociable. With cats living in homes, they seem to vocalise more because it is a good way to get attention from humans.
They like to greet us by rubbing around our legs or nuzzling its head and licking the person’s hands or the face, which is a friendly gesture.
It is important to work hard to gain their trust, especially if they are nervous cats. Let them come to you and avoid invading their space, cats are incredibly independent animals, and it is important to make sure they feel they have the freedom to live this way.
The cat is a predatory animal and need to vent their hunting instinct, this will help lower their stress. They like to play and will often react when playing with a ball as if they found a mouse and chase it to catch it.
Cats can get quite bored or frustrated quickly and sometimes the slightest thing can set them off and they start running around for no reason. They like to play and to test their social and combative behaviour. Make sure you are giving them plenty of playtime sessions, to help reduce boredom. This will also help to lower any stress they might be experiencing, and it gives them an opportunity to use any extra energy they have.
Here are a few tips for understanding your cat:
- If you are playing with your cat and they gently bite, you must stop.
- Cats will tell you if they do not want to be disturbed, like growling at you.
- When you greet your cat do it slowly and let them come to you
- All cats are unique and show their feelings in different ways.
Spend time with them to get to know their character, personality, behaviour, and nature which will help create the bond between you both.
Every cat has their own way of communicating and no one knows their cat better than you.
If you are every worried or concerned about your beloved pet, always speak to your veterinary for advice and help.