Just like their owners, cats can experience a whole range of emotions. The only problem is, they can’t tell us. They don’t even have thumbs to write down their feelings in a diary.
As a cat owner, …oh who are we kidding, you never really ‘own’ a cat…you sometimes wonder who’s living with who! But, it’s important to understand cat behaviour as a way to know whether your feline friend is happy, scared or angry.
Your cat’s body language is the clearest way to tell whether they are living the happy, healthy lives they deserve. If you can’t read the signs, your pets could be at risk of being unhappy for some, or even all of their lives. And no-one wants to see an unhappy cat, unless it’s Grumpy Cat.
That’s why Wilko are proudly partnering with the RSPCA to give you the best advice on how to care for your pets. Their animal experts have put together this handy cat behaviour guide to help us all correctly identify body language signals and know what our cats could be feeling.
The difference between Mittens and Molly
Remember, every cat is an individual and as a result they’ll all have slightly different behaviour. The best way to know what normal behaviour looks like for your kitty, is to spend some time with them to really get to know them.
Take note of how differently they behave around their scratching post, playing with their favourite toy, when there are treats around, when they meet strangers and when they are just being lazy in their bed.
Once you understand your cat’s emotions, you can be on the lookout for any sudden changes.
Tell tale signs
These new unwanted habits could indicate stress, fear or pain:
– High levels of grooming
– Sleeping hunched
– Altered feeding/toileting habits
– Spraying indoors
– Disappearing or avoiding people
If you’re ever worried about your cat, it’s best to contact your vet for advice.