The Ailurophile Gazette

Deciphering your cat's body language

[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 23, 2016 7:50:18 PM / by Kitty Master

Cats are a mysterious bunch but you don't have to be so clueless about their quirks. I'm sure we've all encountered a cat, want to feed or pet it and suddenly it either runs away or just refuses to acknowledge you (and in some cases, get hissed at)? Well, it all boils down to how much a cat trusts you and a cat's body language will show it. While humanity has tried its best to domesticate Felix catus for thousands of years, many of their wild traits and natural instinct to distrust humans remain.

There's a community cat that lives near my house - jet black coat makes him look like a mini panther - and even though I ocassionaly feed him, he refuses to let me pet him or he just stays from a cationary distance while waiting for to leave food and be on my way. It took months of minute encounters like this before he started warming up to me. Nowadays, he runs up to meet me when I bring food, does the whole rubbing against your feet and even asks for seconds.

It all comes down to building trust and patience. Allow a cat to know and trust you. Remember, a cat chooses you and not the other way around.  So once the cat reaches the very last illustration on the bottom, congratulations! You made it into the exclusive feline circle of trust. Exercise caution when trying to rub its belly though.

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Meanwhile, check out these smart apps you and your cat can use for playtime:

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Image from Catsu The Cat

 

Topics: resource, cat behavior

Kitty Master

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