Your Cat Has Its Own Secret Language. See Your Cat Do This? It’s NOT What You Think!

by Todd Briscoe
Todd is a LittleThings editor. He grew up in Texas and has lived in New York since 2003. He doesn't own a Boston terrier, but he will one day soon.

Growing up, I was always more of a dog person. I didn’t like how stand-offish cats were or why they were so skittish around me.

Then a “cat person” explained the appeal to me: Dogs may love you blindly, but when a cat loves and trusts you, you have earned it.

So now I absolutely adore felines! The fact that they’re so hard to read actually makes them even more entertaining. They are totally unpredictable. Just look at these kittens who turned their owner’s closet into their own apartment complex.

Or look at these two cats who are anything but helpful when their owner tries to make their bed.

The fun of cats is that their intentions are sometimes completely indecipherable — have you ever had a cat drag a dead rodent into the house?

That’s why I enlisted the help of Maya Borenstein from LittleThings to make these images. If you’re ever wondering what your cat’s trying to communicate, you can now find out!

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A Cat's Face

A Cat's Face
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1) If you see a cat with his or her ears perked forward, it means that cat is curious about you. Now’s a good time to hold out your hand to see if the cat will approach. A shy cat will slowly approach for a sniff, while a friendlier cat may rub against you.

2) If a cat’s ears are standing straight up and the cat is also sitting straight up, this cat is alert and possibly on the hunt. There’s a good chance they’ve heard something that they want — maybe a bird?

3) If a cat’s ears are flat back and his or her eyes are wide, they’re feeling very nervous or anxious.

Of course, this is just the start! If you’d like to find out what a cat’s noises mean, continue reading on the next page.