As concerned “cat parents” we all want happy cats, and yet often we question “is my cat happy?” Although every feline is an individual and, like humans, may show happiness in different ways, there are some pretty universal happy cat clues.
How To Know If Your Kitty Is Happy
Cats literally “say” they’re happy. Vocal kitties tell you all about it, and engage in long drawn out conversations. Generally the higher-pitched sounds are “happy” while lower pitched can have a bit of frustration and be more demanding.
Quiet cats may express happiness with silence, and vocalizes more to express unhappiness. Confusing, yes! But that’s why we love our enigmatic felines! While purrs aren’t always happy, for the most part they can be an indication of feline contentment or even bliss. Kitty chortles and trills-that “prrrrupttt!” sound many cats make, is a very good indication of cat happiness.
There are many eye, ear, fur, and body positions that indicate upset cat feelings, or contentment. One example is contented cat lays on its back with tummy exposed (as in photo). For example, the relaxed contented cat rests with front paws tucked under, ears forward, eyelids “sleepy” perhaps at half-mast. The eye-blink in return of your stare from across the room is a happy cat gesture. Sudden dilation of the eyes indicates arousal-happiness of a full food bowl, for example, can prompt this reflex. Happy cats hold whiskers slightly forward and fur smooth with tail relaxed. A joyful cat’s tail talk stands straight up with just the tip crooked in a ‘howdy’ greeting to people and other pets the cat considers friends.
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