Unlike their fellow dogs, cats are animals with a more complex own language and perhaps difficult for us to learn at first. It will not always be easy or quick to understand what our kitten wants to convey to us, but below we will leave you a series of keys to understand what our cat means.
Forms of communication in cats
We could classify, broadly speaking, two ways of communication main cats possess: one from their basic instincts and natural, and another through its behavior. But we cannot understand what our cat wants to tell us taking into account only a specific behavior, but we must interpret the movements, gestures, meows and any other gesture as a set.
The basic instincts of any feline are mainly summarized in one: mark your territory. They love to spread their scent and leave their mark throughout the space that they consider theirs. It is a way to leave your mark on the place and also warn other potential cats that this is their area. For this reason it is very important that the cat has its own place to rest or to line its nails on its scratching post. This will relieve stress and be able to mark your zone.
Another widely known form of communication is the meow: according to their tone and intensity, our feline will try to tell us what their need is.
The short meows and multiple are usually used as greeting, while when it is a long meow, is trying to communicate a need: food, attention …
But if there is a form of expression that drives all of us who have a pussy crazy, it is without a doubt the purr. Besides doing it when they feel comfortable, happy and calm, there are other reasons why they can purr; when they are hungry, they feel stressed or when they feel some kind of pain.
As they do so, endorphins are released that allow the animal (through the vibrations they produce) to relax and calm down in case of being nervous.
Did you know that cats use their meows to communicate with humans, and not with other cats?
It is a characteristic that they learned through their evolution, since they observed that they could not communicate with people in the same way as with their peers and they adapted their language to achieve better communication.
Although they are not able to distinguish words and pay the same attention as their fellow dogs, there have been studies that ensure that they arei recognize your name, even though they do not always obey when listening.
And your cat, did you know these keys to understand what our cat means? How does it communicate with you? Can you tell us in the comments?
Pet Specialist Technician. I work every day with what I like the most: pets. I combine my profession with various NGOs in the sector that help thousands of animals that have been victims of abuse and neglect every day. Always in continuous training to continue understanding and offering the best services to the animal world.