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Mysterious language of cats, part two

I promised you that I would have a part two to the mysterious language of cats.  Here are a few more facts from by Abigail P. that might help you in understanding the “language” of your furry feline.

The Interference. Sometimes cat owners joke about how much their cats love to interfere with whatever you happen to be doing at the time.  If you work at home on your laptop, you have probably experienced your cat clambering on top of your keyboard, interrupting the work you are desperately trying to finish.  

When cats do this, they are letting you know that the attention you are giving to your work should, in fact, be directed at them instead.  Coming between you and the object you are engaged with is their way of commanding that you stop what you are doing to pet them.

The Rejection. Cats are known for being far more stubborn than dogs.  They return affection on their own terms and can be quite the divas at the best of times.  

They are also intelligent creatures and can understand the call of their name.  This means that if you call for your cat and they ignore you, it’s because they don’t want to respond.  

Don’t take it personally, though — they will come back when they feel like it, or when they get hungry.

The Intense Chatter. There are a few reasons why cats make that intense chattering sound.  If it is accompanied by an intense glare at a bird outside the window, you can bet on it being a sign of frustration.  

Experts believe cats make this sound because they want to pounce on their prey but are frustrated that there is an obstacle preventing the catch.  Other experts believe that making this sound warms up the muscles before the pounce and is a result of natural instinct rather than frustration.

The Tail Lift. Cats are upfront about whether or not they are enjoying your company.  If they don’t want your affection, they will turn their backs and walk away.  

One sign that is often misread, however, is when cats display their back end.  People often take this as a sign of rejection but it’s actually a display of trust.  Cats lift up their tails as a way of opening up to you and letting you know that they are truly comfortable in your presence.

Hope you enjoyed reading these facts on the mysterious language of our feline friends. To read even more, check out the website by Abigail P.

If you are looking for a family pet, check out the Central Aroostook Humane Society. We have some wonderful animals there that are looking for their forever home. 

And please, be responsible pet owners, and have your pets spayed or neutered.

Gail Wieder is a member of the board at the Central Aroostook Humane Society.

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