How to Read Your Cat’s Different Moods

How to Read Your Cat’s Different MoodsMost cats are mysterious and moody by nature, that’s why we love them, right? But sometimes we just want to know what they’re thinking and feeling without having to ask!

Here are a few basic cat behaviours and what they most likely mean, according to feline behaviour and training specialist, Melissa J. Sigala.




When a cat is content or happy, his body language is calm and laid back: a raised tail with a little curve at the tip, and eyes that blink slowly and lovingly at you. Content cats may deign to give you a little massage with their paws, or maybe even groom you as they would a kitten!

Scared cats will flick back their ears, growl, hiss or hide. Have you ever seen a “Halloween cat” one with a hunched back facing off against an antagonist sideways? That’s a definite sign of fear, and he’s trying to look as intimidating as possible! In contrast, a cat may scrunch himself up to look as tiny and un-intimidating as possible, if he’s trying to defend himself with a submissive stance.

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When your cat thumps or twitches his tail in a fast, agitated manner, it’s a sure sign that something or someone is annoying him. Ears turned sideways are another sign of agitation, as are prolonged and loud vocalizations.

Does your cat sometimes scratch or bite shoes, blankets, clothes, etc.? Anxious cats will chew on inanimate objects as well as groom themselves in excess as a way of relieving stress.

Have you ever seen an angry cat? This mood is hard to mistake since the cat’s aggression is on clear display: bared teeth, growling, constricted pupils, and lunging. In this instance, it’s best to steer clear until your fur baby’s mood has calmed down!

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At the other end of the spectrum lies (literally!) the affectionate cat. When your kitty is ready to show you the love, expect it to come in the form of slow eye blinks, head butting, and even a lick or two. And if your cat lies down next to you with his back toward you, it’s the ultimate sign of affection as it shows he trusts you enough to “turn his back on you”!

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16 Comments
  1. Hey Sharonoox says

    This is good information for cat lovers. I don’t have a cat so I’ll share this with my friends who has.

  2. Travel Blogger says

    Very interesting! I had cats when I was a kid, but I never really paid much attention to their moods. I really just tried to dress them up so they were never very happy. But they are very interesting creatures.

  3. Guest says

    This is good information for cat lovers. I don’t have a cat so I’ll share this with my friends who has.

  4. Elizabeth O. says

    These are great tips for cat owners! I’ve seen some of these behaviors from our cats and I think it’s definitely important to be more observant of their different behaviors.

  5. Guest says

    Very interesting! I had cats when I was a kid, but I never really paid much attention to their moods. I really just tried to dress them up so they were never very happy. But they are very interesting creatures.

  6. kelly reci says

    Never thought about that! What a nice tips! Will share it to my bff who loves cats!!

  7. Guest says

    These are great tips for cat owners! I’ve seen some of these behaviors from our cats and I think it’s definitely important to be more observant of their different behaviors.

  8. Guest says

    Never thought about that! What a nice tips! Will share it to my bff who loves cats!!

  9. Catvills says

    Thanks for the information. Now I know what my cat is trying to tell me. I am sometimes puzzled with my cat’s behavior, so it is great that I have this information on hand. I will share this post with my friend too. She’s got 5 cats.

  10. Cindy Dent Gordon says

    I love this article. My cats are so finicky sometimes, and they have huge personalities.

  11. Guest says

    Thanks for the information. Now I know what my cat is trying to tell me. I am sometimes puzzled with my cat’s behavior, so it is great that I have this information on hand. I will share this post with my friend too. She’s got 5 cats.

  12. Guest says

    I love this article. My cats are so finicky sometimes, and they have huge personalities.

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