Cats are complex, independent (and a little bit sassy) animals. So sometimes it can be difficult to tell how your little one is feeling. But just like us, oftentimes cats give away exactly how they feel through their body language and speech.
Here are 8 subtle signs your cat is feeling “purr-fectly” content.
1. “Paw-sitive” Purring
Purring is a surefire (and perhaps the most familiar) sign your cat is as happy as can be. A soft, soothing purr tells you that she’s feeling blissful and at ease. And did you know that your little one’s happiness can directly benefit your well-being, too? That’s right – purring offers therapeutic effects on your health. The calming vibrations of purring have been linked to lowered stress levels, decreased heart attack risk, lowered blood pressure, and even strengthened bones and accelerated healing of infections and swelling. So if you’re looking to relax, “fur-tunately,” curling up with your cat should do the trick!
2. Forever Playful
Happy cats seem incessantly active and playful. Kittens, especially, are constantly playing and jumping around. As they grow older, the amount of play tends to steadily decline. But any extent of play activity – from running around to chasing her tail to playing with toys – is a superb indicator of your cat’s overall happiness. However, it’s important to note that while arthritis becomes a growing health concern as we age, it’s widespread among cats as well. A noticeable decrease in activity and a reluctance to move are signs of this painful joint disease. For more information, check out 8 Signs of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats.
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3. Kneading (or “Making Biscuits”)
Kneading is a widespread behavior among happy cats. It’s the rhythmic raising and lowering of her front paws on a pillow, pile of clothing, her favorite blanket or even your stomach. The trigger of this common behavior remains unknown, but there are several theories. One of the most popular theories is that kneading for pleasure may be linked to kittens promoting the flow of milk from their mothers. Some may find this behavior annoying (especially if your little one is kneading on you while you’re trying to fall asleep), but think of it as free acupuncture! And recent research has found that acupuncture outperforms traditional treatment in relieving arthritis, migraines and chronic pain.
4. Tails Up! (And Ears, Too!)
Your cat’s tail says a lot about how she’s feeling. From friendly and satisfied to scared and angry, the position of her tail speaks volumes – so it’s important for you to know what to look for. If your furry friend is proudly holding her tail up high toward the sky, she is “fur-sure” feeling happy in her surroundings. Bonus: Is the tip of her tail twitching? She’s feeling ecstatic!
The positioning of her ears is also a giveaway into her mood. A relaxed cat places her ears forward, a curious cat’s ears appear erect, and a happy and alert cat positions her ears straight up and slightly forward.
*Graphic provided by MessyBeast.com here.
5. It’s All in the Eyes
The phrase “eyes are the windows to the soul” rings true for cats as well! The eyes are a tell-all into how your furry friend is feeling. When her eyes dilate, you can be certain she is exceptionally happy. And if your cat slowly blinks at you when you gaze into her pretty little eyes, she is feeling quite content. This slow blink, or even starring back at you with half-closed eyes, is an indication of trust and loving affection. Try returning the motion by slowly blinking back at her to solidify your bond.
6. Early Riser
Happy cats sleep for roughly 10 to 16 hours each day, mainly during the night. Does your little one seem to have a habit of waking up early? That’s a good sign – she is ready for breakfast bright and early so that she cease the day! The beauty rest location of choice is also a great measure of your cat’s overall happiness. Sleeping with other cats is an indicator of positive relationships, while snuggling up next to you shows that she trusts you. And pay close attention to her sleeping position – if your cat sleeps with her paws tucked under, it’s a sign she feels relaxed and content within her environment.
7. Groomed to Impress
Does your furry friend constantly seem to be licking her paws? This is her way of cleaning herself. And joyful cats tend to keep themselves well-groomed at all times. In fact, poor grooming is actually an indicator of unhappiness. She may even try to groom you as well! You see, your cat’s kisses signify a trusting, positive bond between the two of you. And if you have more than one cat in your home, you may notice them trying to groom each other. That’s a sign they enjoy each other’s company.
8. Evening Snuggles
After a long day, your cat may curl up with you on your favorite chair. And as she sweetly nestles herself in your lap and begins purring as you stroke her, it’s a definite sign she’s as content as can be. She may even cuddle up to your other pets. This indicator of affection signifies a positive relationship between your furry little ones.
If your sweet little best friend meets some (or all!) of the indicators of happiness above, well then that’s just “cat-astic!”