For those of us who call ourselves cat moms or cat dads, the struggle to know for certain whether or not our beloved feline friend loves us is such a real thing. One minute, our cat can be doing something utterly adorable, like rubbing their heads and bodies against our jeans and love-shedding all over us while in the next, they can be hissing at us or clawing at our arms to get us to stop with the cuddles. This can be not only exasperating but also painful quite literally.
As they say, forewarned is forearmed, so here are the signs that should tell you if your cat wants a hug or wants to be left alone, as listed down by the South Boston Animal Hospital.
1. A flick of the Tail
In the case of your feline friend, the best and most surefire way to know if she is getting agitated or angry is when you see her tail moving vigorously, as opposed to the languid swish they normally display. Unlike dogs, cats will move their tails fast from side to side to tell you that they are annoyed if you’re to pet or cuddle them. Don’t feel bad, though. Cats will typically relax in a few minutes.
2. Staring Contest
Cats began to be domesticated a few years after dogs so our feline friends are technically still more attuned with their inner wildcats. This is why most cats don’t like it when their humans look at them dead in the eye for some time. For many cats that are domestic or wild, staring at them is not a good way to interact as they think that you are challenging their dominance and will usually retaliate with their own angry stare.
In most cats, aggression is very easy to spot. A cat hitting and slapping something or someone is obviously a sign that they are not pleased. The best way to go about it is to always make sure that you at least have a general idea on the reason behind this behavior. Some cats might be prone to hitting if their temperament is different or if they have been rescued and have lived a feral life before domesticity. Other cats might simply be annoyed if you touch their belly or their hind legs, the body parts they usually don’t like being touched.
4. Keep an Eye on Those Ears
It’s also helpful to look at the ears of your cat to tell if they’re angry or not. Cats that are relaxed have ears that are erect and attentive and move along to whatever the cat might be listening to. When the ears are pushed back, it means petting the cat is a no-no.
5. Voice Lessons
Cats meowing has many interpretations. Some say it’s a universal type of communication that cats use to tell their own and their humans something important. Some say it’s something cats use exclusively to send their humans a message. A vocal cat that may be purring is a good sign, but if she is yowling, hissing, or growling, it is a sign of an angry cat.