How to communicate with cats

Any owner of a cat will find it difficult to communicate with the cat at first. Because we are humans, cats are cats, and of course these two creatures cannot easily communicate. After a while of course you’ll be able to catch some cat habits, but this will take a lot of time. So here is FamiPet to provide you with information on how to communicate with cats as well as the meaning of cat gestures.

I. How do cats show their thoughts?
1. Understand how cats express thoughts through cries

Cats express emotions and think a lot through their cats’ calls. We often hear cats sometimes yelling “meow”, sometimes growling. Sometimes the cat makes long sounds, sometimes the cats make short sounds. These are all meaningful calls your cat wants to express to you. Here are some basic cat sounds you should know to communicate with your cat:

Short “meow”: greeting.
Calling “Meo” repeatedly: greeting excitedly.
Low-pitched “Meo”: request water or food.
Lasting “Meo” (with gru): there is a need for something.
Calling “Meo” (with gru) at a low level: complaint or dissatisfaction.
Calling “Meo” (with gru) in the upper range: anger, pain or fear.
Blinking lips-teeth continuously, fast: excitement, frustration.
Soft humming (a combination of “meow” and purring with warped sounds): a friendly greeting, often used when the mother calls her baby.
Whining: Invitation for close contact or attention.
Wheezing, coughing: is a sign that cats feel seriously affected.
2. Understand how cats express thoughts through body language

Besides using sounds, cats use their body language to express thoughts and feelings. Cats even use their bodies more than they use sounds. Capturing body language to communicate with the cat will certainly be easier than guessing the cat’s sound. Here are some gestures that show how your cat feels and thinks:

The tail is straight or up, curled at the end, twitching, pounding repeatedly, vibrating: happy happily.
The tail hairs are carried in an N-shape, the tail is straight, the tail is not erect, but it is low, the tail is low, concealed below or behind: a serious invasion.
The pupils are enlarged: excited (happy), extremely frightened (when being aggressive).
Blinks: very comfortable state.
Sniff your nose and tilt your head: accept the owner
Rubbed at you: mark you as own.
Rub your wet nose with you: an affectionate gesture for the person you love.
Ear behind: fear, anxiety, excitement, curiosity
Tongue out to lick the lower lip: anxiety, fear.
Rub your head, body and tail with other people or animals: welcome.
Sniff nose: Identify identity.
Scratch: this is a normal sign of excitement or joy.
Lick: a sign of trust. The cat has treated you as its family (like the mother cat cleaning up the kitten). The second case is that it is demanding something delicious you are holding.
II. How to communicate with cats simply
After you’ve learned what your cat’s gestures and actions convey, it’s time to interact with your cat again. You can refer to the following:
Use a slightly higher tone: friendly. Lower tone: expressing dissatisfaction
Train your cat to conditioned reflexes. Like every time you feed your cat you will say “come here to eat” or “time to eat”.
The act of blinking slowly when looking at a cat is considered non-threatening. Therefore cats will be more friendly.
You should not stare directly into the cat’s eyes, as this behavior is aggressive.
If you want your cat to sit, pat on the surface of the chair and use a gentle, positive tone of voice.
Always be consistent between intention to gesture. If you say “no”, make sure you are not soft-hearted and do the opposite.
Use quick and high-pitched whistles to express the “no” command. This sound in “cat language” is meant to warn and punish.
Hopefully, the above information will be of some help in your communication with your cat. I wish you success communicating with cats

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