How to Decipher a Cats Body Language

This is a guide on how to use your cat's body language to determine their mood. Be aware that all cats are different!

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How to Decipher a Cats Body Language
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In order to truly decipher a cat's body language, you should know the cat pretty well as different cats react with different body language to different situations.

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This is my kitty, Simon. Right now he's fairly indifferent as to anything that's happening. He's relaxed, but alert because his ears are pricked and his head is moving about as he hears things.

This is my kitty, Simon. Right now he's fairly indifferent as to anything that's happening. He's relaxed, but alert because his ears are pricked and his head is moving about as he hears things.

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A cat's ears and tail are very important in deciphering their body language. They'll be the first things to change when their mood changes.

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When all of my cats (I have 5) rub their faces on walls and doors, it means that they're in a loving mood. In this video Simon is telling me to pet him using his body language.

When all of my cats (I have 5) rub their faces on walls and doors, it means that they're in a loving mood. In this video Simon is telling me to pet him using his body language.

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This video is a good depiction of how a cat's tail moves when he's playful. He saw the light on my flash and wanted to chase it. Then he saw his tail and wanted to chase that.

This video is a good depiction of how a cat's tail moves when he's playful. He saw the light on my flash and wanted to chase it. Then he saw his tail and wanted to chase that.

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Please be cautious when a cat's tail flicks as Simon's did in the previous video. It can mean that the cat is playful, but it can also mean that he/she is agitated and/or annoyed

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This is a cat who is ready to pounce. In this case, on a toy. If you watch very closely, you can see his little kitty behind wiggle in preparation for his pounce. This shows that he is playful.

This is a cat who is ready to pounce. In this case, on a toy. If you watch very closely, you can see his little kitty behind wiggle in preparation for his pounce. This shows that he is playful.

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Lovable kitty who wants to play in the laundry basket and chase my fingers

Lovable kitty who wants to play in the laundry basket and chase my fingers

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He loves playing like this

He loves playing like this

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He saw his tail and attacked it. I apologize for my obnoxious laugh. It surprised even me

He saw his tail and attacked it. I apologize for my obnoxious laugh. It surprised even me

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This is a very content and relaxed Simon. He is spending quality time with his owner and enjoying the A/C that just kicked on

This is a very content and relaxed Simon. He is spending quality time with his owner and enjoying the A/C that just kicked on

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This is a very lazy kitty who has gotten tired of sitting in one position. Stretchhhhhh

This is a very lazy kitty who has gotten tired of sitting in one position. Stretchhhhhh

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Simon is very curious as to what is under this recliner. His conclusion? Nothing interesting

Simon is very curious as to what is under this recliner. His conclusion? Nothing interesting

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He loves sleeping on my head at night. Simon says my pillow is very comfortable.

He loves sleeping on my head at night. Simon says my pillow is very comfortable.

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This is a very happy kitty bonding with his owner. He wanted lots of love and kisses when I got home from school that weekend 😻

This is a very happy kitty bonding with his owner. He wanted lots of love and kisses when I got home from school that weekend 😻

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More kitty love. He is nudging my face with his head to show his affection for me 😺

More kitty love. He is nudging my face with his head to show his affection for me 😺

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A very curious kitty. Simon has recently decided to examine my guinea pigs very closely. He's still trying to figure out what they are 🐱

A very curious kitty. Simon has recently decided to examine my guinea pigs very closely. He's still trying to figure out what they are 🐱

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A sleepy Simon who would have rather not been disturbed. It's okay though, he still loves me.

A sleepy Simon who would have rather not been disturbed. It's okay though, he still loves me.

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Another sleepy Simon. This time content to snuggle with our newest family member, Jasper.

Another sleepy Simon. This time content to snuggle with our newest family member, Jasper.

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Relaxed and alert as he sits with me in the living room, hoping that dinner time is sooner than it is.

Relaxed and alert as he sits with me in the living room, hoping that dinner time is sooner than it is.

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Updated on June 6, 2016. Sorry it took so long! I've been at school! Thanks everyone! Simon says "meow!" 🐱

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