Understanding Your Cat’s Attitude Better: 10 Behaviors to Observe

For a first-time cat owner, it can be quite difficult to figure out what your cat wants. Everything will seem new to you so you can end up clueless about your kitty’s continuous purring.

Communication is the key to building a long-lasting relationship with your feline friend. But how do you effectively communicate with your cat when you can’t even understand him?

To get a better sense of what your cat is trying to tell you, a Dubai pet food delivery service shares the following insights on your pet’s behavior.

1. Avoidance

Contrary to what most people think, cats aren’t loners and are actually social creatures. If your pet suddenly disappears for a long period of time or starts avoiding everyone, consider this a red flag. Other disturbing signs may include less use or no longer using the litter box.

A sudden change in your cat’s normal behavior may indicate a medical problem. Bring your cat to the vet to pinpoint the cause of your pet’s change of behavior.

2. Balling

Does your cat crouch into a tight little ball? Depending on the current environment he’s in, he may be telling you that he’s afraid. This posture also means that your pet doesn’t want anyone to bother him.

Balling up is usually an action performed by a cat when he wants to make himself invisible. This occurs during periods of fear or uncertainty, particularly during vet visits.

3. Ear action

Seeing pricked ears from your cat is an indication that he’s interested in what’s going around him. Ears inclined forward and held erect show that your feline is feeling friendly and relaxed. However, if your cat’s ears go down and lay flat against his head, this is a serious sign of aggression and possible antagonists must be kept out of the way to prevent a fight from erupting.

4. Head butt

If your cat rams another cat with his head, it means he is fond of that animal. Cats usually make head butt actions to show their affection. This is their way of demonstrating their feelings and leaving their scent as a form of communication.

5. Hisses and growls

If you hear this from your cat, then that means he’s frightened. He’s trying to make himself sound brave and scary to protect himself. You will usually experience this behavior from your cat when he encounters a strange or threatening animal.

6. Kneading

A cat kneading his paws against a blanket or anything soft means he has regressed to the time when he’s still nursing. A kneading kitten is feeling content, happy, and relaxed – similar to how he feels with his mother. If you find yourself on the receiving end of this behavior, consider it as a compliment.

7. Lying on his back

If your feline is lying on his back, these can mean many different things. It’s crucial that you don’t take this behavior out of context immediately. Observe your cat’s body as a whole including his eyes, ears, paws and tail, then see if he is:

  • Napping with the belly exposed – means that he’s feeling relaxed and secure
  • Simultaneously purring and kneading paws in the air – means that he’s content and stress-free
  • Lying on her back with dilated pupils or flattened ears – means that he feels threatened and is ready to fight

8. Meows

As you get to spend more time with your cat, you will start to hear distinct “meows” from him.

  • Low-pitched meows – means your cat is not comfortable and unhappy
  • High-pitched meows – means your cat is happy with you
  • Repetitive meows – means that your cat wants your attention

9. Rolling over

If your kitty tends to roll over his back and stretch his legs when you’re around, that means he has complete obedience and trust in you. This is also another indication that your pet wants your undivided attention.

10. Tail Up

A cat greeting you with his tail held high mean he’s giving you his warmest welcome. With his ears in a relaxed position and pupils not dilated, this is a sure sign that your kitty is in a good mood.

Just like how you take time to make a friend, you need to go through the same process to understand your cat better. Be patient, show your affection, and let your pet have some fun by giving him cat toys so that he will realize that you only want the best for him.


Farah Al-Khojai is the Managing Partner of Pet’s Delight. A passionate entrepreneur, Farah holds a Bsc in Government from the London School of Economics. She is always on the lookout for new opportunities to develop and grow the pet and equestrian retail and wholesale market in the UAE and beyond, and is proud to be at the helm of the first and the largest pet care provider in the market representing world-class brands including Orijen, Applaws, Hunter, Savic, Flamingo, Ruffwear and Rogz.

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