You love your cat, but he also seems to be a mystery. Cats are well known to be aloof, independent, and an enigma to most of us. Haven’t you heard of someone describe a person as “cat-like” in their behavior? Meaning that they handle life in an independent and aloof way. Maybe we really just don’t recognize how our cats are interacting with us and what it means to them. Your cat gives messages in ways that we don’t typically, as humans, recognize. They use not just their voices, but smells and body language to get their messages across. If we could just learn to speak, or at least listen to, their communication we might understand them better and see them as less mysterious.
It is possible to learn their language enough to improve your interaction and relationship with your cat!
1Meows and purrs
The actions we notice most are probably the noises your cat makes, as we communicate primarily through our own vocalizations, speech. You will notice that younger cats tend to be more vocal than older cats and this is typical. Cats use fewer vocalizations at they get older, and the science world has found that mother and baby cat groups communicate through meowing. That raises the question of what your cat thinks of you if it meows at you regularly. Is it trying to care for you like it would a kitten?
You are very aware of the extremes of your cat’s noises – the yowls, purrs, hisses – as those communications convey their emotion quite clearly. But pay attention to your cat’s other noises and see if with consistency you can figure out what he is trying to tell you.