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Understanding your cat

CAT BEHAVIOURS EXPLAINED Sainsbury's Bank Just what is your cat trying to tell you? ЦL Rubbing against your legs or furniture Showing you its behind This is my home, and I scent things to find my way around. Don't be offended, I'm just being friendly. We cats say hello to each other by sniffing tails, just like dogs. Slow closing of eyes/blinking Ears upright, sitting up and alert Ears forward I'm pleased to see you. If you hold out your hand, I might give it a bump to say hello (or a sniff if I'm shy). You're getting a kiss. If you copy me, I might just do it again. If I'm in the mood. I'm listening intently. Was it a bird or a mouse? I'm not sure, but l'm off to find out. Kneading Rolling on back to expose stomach I'm getting comfy. Kneading you makes me feel good, as I think about how I used to knead my I trust you, but watch your fingers if you decide to give me a tickle; I might be in the mood to play. mum. BARK BARK Back hunched up with tail and fur on end I'm being defensive. I'm puffing my hair out to make myself look bigger, so whatever l'm scared of leaves me alone. Cat in a box/bag This might look silly to you, but it makes me feel safe; I can see you, but you can't see me! Cat 'gift I've brought you a mouse to try and teach you how to hunt. See what a good hunter I am. It's your turn now. PURR Purring I purr because of most things (dinner, strokes, sitting in sunshine), but mainly because you've given me some form of 'contact and I like it. Sainsbury's Bank

Understanding your cat

shared by Suzy on Jul 03
Do you know what your cat is trying to say to you? Have a look at the Sainsbury's Bank visual guide to find out.


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