Cat Psychology For Dummies.
Look! cats are clever and you need some cat psychology if you really want to understand your moggie and have deep meaningful relationship with him/her. Most owners (8 out of 10 or something) believe that their cats are aloof haughty creatures who regard them (the owners) as lesser beings placed upon the earth solely to facilitate food and shelter to them (the cats). Despite glaring evidence to support this theory it is not true. Cats can be very loyal and trusting friends as this article will hopefully explain. A brief study of some basic cat psychology will soon have you looking at your cat in a completely different way. The thing is, our cats are constantly attempting to communicate with us but we just aren’t listening. Put another way, we don’t always understand their language and so we miss what they are trying to tell us. So sit up, pin your ears back and pay attention whilst I explain some of the basics of cat communication.
Cat Psychology and Body Language.
Unlike human language which is expressed primarily by sound, cats use a variety of mediums to communicate and the main one is body language. They are constantly sending out signals using both the position and movement of their bodies. The main instrument in this “body language” is the tail. A study of cat psychology shows that the animal expresses itself in many ways using the tail. Tail erect shows that your cat is pleased to see you (usually displayed at dinner time) whilst tail between the legs can be a display of either submission or even (depending upon other factors) a reediness to attack!. A swishing tail is a warning to back off especially if its moving quickly and thumping it means your retreat is long past overdue. Many cats will use this as a signal that they are in no mood for fuss or play and just wish to be left alone right at that moment. Your next warning is likely to be a nasty scratch should you be foolish enough to persist.
Cat Psychology and Dancing Cheek to Cheek
In the cats cheeks are strong scent glands which it uses to leave its own scent on objects, other cats and you. Cat psychology teaches that when your kitty rubs his cheeks against you he is saying lets be friends. He may however be saying “where the hell is my breakfast”. This is because when kittens are being weaned off their mothers milk onto solids she will partially digest the food in her own stomach. The rubbing of the cheeks is a signal to regurgitate the warm food and your cat may still identify this demand process with obtaining food from you. There are so many more subtle signs and messages involved in cat psychology so it is important to look out for them and learn a little of how to read them. Many of these behaviours are instinctive and harp back to when your cats ancestors lived in the wild but they will still employ them in the home enviourment. Most “odd” behaviours that your cat may develop can be traced back to theses instinctive reactions so its worth further study. If you want to know more about the fascinating subject of cat psychology take a look here.