The scientists believe cats can use hundreds of vocalizations to communicate with humans. They have developed this elaborated this communication system to get things they want. You need to learn how to understand your cat’s vocalization so that you can establish a better relationship with your feline companion.
Read your cat’s body language
Cats can effectively use their body language for communication. They can position their tail in various ways to signal different things. Cats use tail position coupled with vocalization to reveal their desires. For example, your cat is happy if it keeps its tail straight with a little curl at the end. Tail twitching shows your cat is feeling excited and it is playful or feeling threatened if its tail is sticking up. Other things you must notice about your cat are:
- Observe your cat’s face to reveal when it is playful, scared, angry, and feeling uneasy.
- Cats can lift their nose and tilt their head back to greet you.
- It will lay its ears back when feeling scared or when it wants to play.
- They are worried when they flick tongue out to lick lower lips.
- The communication behavior of cats is pretty strange and somewhat entertaining. For example, they will rub against you to declare you their property. They express their love by tapping wet nose to you, and playful head-butting means cats want to play with you.
Communicate with your feline companion
Cats quickly recognize you as their friend and owner. They continuously learn how to talk to you. So, you should also talk back. Your cat will raise tone or its voice to be friendly, and it will reduce the sound of its voice to reveal aggression. Treat it like a kid and respond appropriately. The following tips will help you further in communicating better.
- Use nonverbal communication cues to talk to your cat. Use your hands, eyes, whistle, and other signs to communicate with your cat. Do not make direct eye contact and do not yell because cats hate such behavior.
- Train your cat to understand voice commands. You should always accompany voice commands with signals to help cats learn the meaning of those signals. Use the same voice tone to express it is doing something wrong, and it must stop doing that. Similarly, use a different tone to show your affection.
Cats may take some extra time, but they can also learn how to respond to different commands. You should treat your feline companion with patience and never use punishment as a teaching method.
Listen to your cat
Cats love to talk. They always meow whenever they need something. You should understand how it communicates and why communicates. Our feline companions do not trust vocalization as much as we do. Their facial expression, a complex system of scent, touches, and complex body language, reveals a lot of things about their desire. So, focus on these things instead of waiting for its meow.
- Know how your cat meows in different situations and respond accordingly.
- Understand non-meowing sounds to reveal when your cat is happy, excited, and angry.
- You cat can use other particular vocalizations when they are alert, playful, and angry. Listen to your cat to recognize these sounds. It will help you in understanding how your cat is doing when it is out of sight.
Follow these tips to know more about your cat’s communication methods. Better communication will help you in establishing a stronger bond with your cat.