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Can You Speak Cat?

“Meow meow meow meow meow? Meow meow meow!”

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    In rare instances, cats might purr when they’re feeling sick, but most of the time if your cat is purring, that means they’re feeling content and happy! (source: http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/why-cats-purr/)

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    Cats might show their fangs if they’re yawning or just meowing normally, but an angry cat will accompany their fangs with dilated pupils, ears pulled back tight, a hiss or growl, and a tense, defensive body stance. (source: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/cat_communication.html?)

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    A slow blink or wink is your cat’s way of indicating that he or she trusts you. It’s a sign of affection, so blink or wink back to let them know the feeling is mutual! (source: http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/cat-kisses/)

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    Sometimes (especially during intense petting sessions) cats use gentle bites and nibbles as a sign of affection. It’s kind of like a little kitty kiss! But if you’re ever being bitten by your cat, he might be telling you that he’s not happy with whatever’s happening right now. Always consider seeking professional advice! (source: http://pawspetcareathome.com/the-dreaded-love-bite-from-your-cat-why-do-they-do-that/)

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    A stiff, puffed out tail is a sure sign of an angry or frightened cat, so if your cat’s tail is puffed up like a pipe cleaner, you’d be wise to steer clear for a while. (source: http://jacksongalaxy.com/2011/10/18/the-tail-speaks-louder-than-words/)

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    Kneading, or “making biscuits”, is a way for cats to relax. It goes back to when they were kittens and they would knead their mother while suckling, so if your cat is kneading you, she’s associating you with the comfort and security of her mother! (source: http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/why-does-my-cat-knead-me)

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    Scratching is an innate feline behaviour and it serves a number of functions for cats: 1) Scratching horizontal surfaces when waking up, during play or sexual excitation. 2) Scratching on vertical surfaces to keep claws trimmed OR to send a signal - only this can be qualified as marking behaviour. If your cat is only scratching one or two specific areas in your home, it is likely to be keeping its claws in shape for “hunting.” If the scratching becomes more widespread, is in particularly visible areas, or is centred on prominent objects, this may be an indication that the cat is anxious and unsettled. (source: http://www.manningvet.com.au/cat-behavioural-problems.html)

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    Cats have a strong predatory instinct. Basically, they have an urge to kill things. They also have a driving instinct to teach their young to hunt, even if they don’t have any kittens. So the next time your kitty brings a dead or wounded animal to the doorstep, go easy on her. She’s just following her heart! (source: http://www.livescience.com/34471-cats-dead-animals.html)

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    Unlike dogs, who can usually be transitioned into a calmer mood through petting, cat petting usually intensifies the mood they’re already in. Most cats prefer to be stroked on the head and neck, and the best time to pet a cat is when it’s completely relaxed and comfortable. If your cat is angry, stressed, or in an intense play/hunting mood, save the petting until he or she has calmed down a bit! (source: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/cat_communication.html)

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    In nature, running water is generally cleaner than stagnant water, where bacteria has a chance to settle. Therefore, most wild animals prefer running water (from a stream or river) to stagnant water (from a pond or pool). Your cat’s instincts are telling her that running water is a safer source than her water bowl, and the sink is just what she’s looking for! (source: http://www.aboutcatsonline.com/articles/catwater.html)

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    Cats deposit pheromones (which are chemical signals of communication to themselves or other cats) from glands on their faces when rubbing objects such as the corners of walls or furniture. They leave behind different messages – facial pheromone tells the cat that they are in an area they recognise and are safe. Cats regularly re-mark with these pheromones as they go around their home. (source: http://www.cats.org.uk/uploads/documents/cat-care-leaflets-2013/EG10_Managing_your_cat's_behaviour.pdf)

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