How to Properly Read Your Cat’s Body Language

A Visual Guide

Need help reading your cat’s body language? If you’ve ever wondered why your cat “randomly” bites or goes from relaxed to spaz mode in what seems like an instant, chances are you’re missing—or misreading­—your cat’s body language cues. They’re not so subtle if you’re paying attention and know how to “read” cat!

Happy cat body language guide
If your cat is showing you the above body language you have one happy kitty on your hands! They feel relaxed, safe and comfortable with you.


body language of a tense cat inspecting its environment
A cat with this body language is feeling tense and needing to assess the current environment before being able to relax. With pricked up ears and a low, straight tail this cat is on high alert!


Cat slow blinking, a cat's sign of love and affection
Does your cat give you the slow blink? If so, you should be flattered! A slow blink from a cat is the ultimate sign of love and trust, showing you that they’re completely comfortable and enjoying your company.



happy cat squinting- cat squinting to show they're happy and smiling
A squinting cat is feeling happy, and is offering you the kitty version of a smile. Want to smile back? Next time your cat makes those cute squint-y eyes at you, squint back at them to show you understand.


playful cats with S tails and big pupils who want to play
Is your cat making that “S” shaped tail at you and wiggling around playfully? Might be time to break out the toys, this cat is in a good mood and wants to run around.



signs of an anxious cat with ears back and crouching low
A cat with their ears back and crouching is ready for fight or flight. Unsure of what’s going on and what to do next, this cat is anxious or fearful and preparing themselves for anything.
cat with fur sticking up and ears flattened being anxious and ready to attack
This cat is ready to pounce or run! With a puffy, agitated tail and flattened ears, your cats adrenaline is sure to be pumping as they prepare for their next move. Be careful touching a cat showing this body language as they wont want any extra stimulation when they’re already riled up.

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  • Aleeya

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  • Desre' Kapp

    While playing with my cat he would suddenly change and bite me. sometimes he would actually attack me. what am I doing wrong

  • Jan

    My cat also, would be lying on my chest one minute, then proceed to bite me hard on my face! She is normally an affectionate cat. She will be 2 on 8/17/19. What am I doing wrong???

  • Dolce

    Watch the tail…if a kitty is overstimulated, even by affectionate pats, the tail starts getting “swishy”. If you see that, give it a break otherwise kitty will let you know enough’s enough!

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  • Carolyn Temperly

    Very well described it will help me.

  • Sophia

    I love the facts now I know my cat better

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