When your cat’s back is arched, take notice of their fur to decipher what it means. If their fur is standing up, they are either fearful or irritated, but if their fur is flat–and they may be rubbing up against you–it’s an invitation to pet them. Does your cat often lie on its back with its belly exposed? Not only is this adorable, but it often means your cat is comfortable and happy. But let’s not forget that cats are complicated beings, so of course this is not always the case. Mieshelle Nagelschneider of The Cat Behavior Clinic told Real Simple that owners should pay attention to their cat’s overall body language in this position. If a cat’s ears are flat and pupils dilated while on their back, they may be ready to attack, so you should keep your distance.
Yes, it’s time to discuss one of the greatest attributes of a cat: the tail. Whether your cat’s tail is huge and fluffy, short and skinny or somewhere in-between, it is a telling indicator of how she is feeling at any given moment. If a cat’s tail is standing up straight, but is not “fluffed,” this means they are excited and alert. Try saying something positive in a cheerful voice when your cat is at ease, and you will often see their tail go straight up. But if a cat’s tail is straight up with its fur standing on end, they’re frightened. Cats will indicate that they feel nervous or apprehensive by holding the tail low and sometimes between the legs. Have you ever been petting your cat peacefully, when suddenly their tail starts thrashing? This is their way of telling you “I’ve had enough, leave me alone now.”
Cats have a reputation for being secretive, aloof and sometimes even conniving, but now that you know what to look for, you might find that your cat is not always as secretive as she thinks. So, the next time you find yourself talking to your cat, pay close attention because she may have a lot to say!