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How Cats Communicate With Their Pet Parents

To some, communication with cats could be a little puzzling. But devoted pet parents would agree that cats can communicate as efficiently as any other being. 

While we may not completely and fully understand everything, there’s a good deal of expression that is as clear as a human voice. Over a period of time, a pet parent learns to tune into the body language of their feline family members and thereby learns to communicate with the animal. It’s important to pay attention to the kitty’s body and its movements in detail, look out for other clues that might help you understand what your cat wants to tell you. 


Historically, cats started meowing for the purpose of communicating with their humans. Interestingly enough, amongst themselves, cats don’t usually meow. Meows could be used for various messages such as:

 “I need my food,” “Feed me now,” “Open the door,” “I don’t want to be disturbed, ”Look at me,” or “Stroke me.” 

One of my cats loves taking a walk on a leash and usually goes to the door and starts meowing to let me know that he wants me to take him for a walk.

Perhaps you’ve been on a long call, your cat may approach and meow for some attention. If you’ve overslept and missed a feeding time, they’d probably show up in your bed to wake you. And if you’re cuddling with your kitty, they’d definitely let you know through their meowing whether “That’s enough” or “More please.” 


As opposed to popular belief, purring isn’t only when the cat is trying to tell you that it is content or happy. Purring is related to comfort seeking behavior; cats purr when they’re happy, when they’re sick and want you to be around, or just happy to see you when you return home. 


When your cat blinks at you slowly, consider it a declaration of trust and love. Return the slow blinks by blinking back at your cat. In the feline world, cats blink in front of each other only when there is complete trust. 

Tail Movements

A cat’s tail often gives cues of their feelings. I’ve noticed that my cat taps her tail when she’s in snooze mode and what’s even more surprising is the fact that there’s a rhythm and a beat to the tapping. And that indicates that she’s peaceful but watchful. If a cat whips its tail when it’s alert it could be a sign of stress or potential danger, trying to tell you to stay away. 


Cats are very affectionate and will often rub themselves against your legs or arms. In the feline world, this mean possession and they’re marking their territory. Or, it could be a greeting when you get back home from work. It could very well be a type of kitty hug, too. 

Have you decoded more aspects of your cat’s personal communication style?

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