A mini-course in cat language

A mini-course in cat language

How cats communicate

Read here everything about the body language of cats

Some cats are silent, while others just “chatter” the ears off your head. And of course we chatter back, because that is great fun. But cats really communicate with their bodies. Because with their tail, ears and eyes they show exactly how they feel. And once you understand how that is, you always know what your cat wants to tell you.

How cats communicate

Does your cat run to you very enthusiastically when you get home and give you lots of cups? Then he is happy to see you. Or does your cat first stretch out quietly and then casually walk up to you for a pat? That’s another way to show that he likes you there.

So every cat is different, but they have one thing in common: they communicate through body language. And because we think it’s important that you and your cat become the very best of friends, here we tell you about the 10 most common forms of communication from cats.

1. I like you and I am friendly

Cats love their owners and they love to show it. Does your cat greet you with its ears up, its eyes half open and its tail in the air with a slight bow at the end? Then he tells you he likes you.

2. I trust you

If your cat lies on its back and shows its stomach, it says that it is comfortable with you – its stomach is the most vulnerable part of its body. By the way, it is not an invitation to pet his stomach, because not every cat likes that.

3. I am friendly and relaxed

Have you ever seen your cat “wink”? In cat language that means “everything is okay and I mean no harm.” Nice to know: if your cat is afraid of something, you can do the same to him. Look at him from a distance and close your eyes every now and then. This lets you know that it is safe.

4. I am enthusiastic

Scratching things is in cats’ nature – it relaxes them. Always have a cat tree at home, because then you can be sure that your furniture will be spared. But cats can also scratch enthusiastically when they are excited and happy. Therefore, never punish them if they do, but rather give them a nice pat.

5. This is mine!

You’ve probably seen your cat rubbing its head against a door, bush or cat toy. Your cat then leaves its own scent with a gland located near their mouth. He lets other cats know: go away, this is mine!

6. I’m tense

Cats are sensitive critters – if something changes in the house or they don’t trust someone or something, they can become tense. And you can clearly see that in their posture: their ears move to the side, their hind legs sink a bit and their tail hangs low to the ground.

7. I am anxious

Anyone who has taken their cat to the vet knows this position – your cat sits hunched over, ears to the side and tail curled tightly around him on the treatment table. Your cat shows that it is anxious and prefers to hide.

8. I feel threatened

A cat that feels threatened can look terrifying: its eyes are large, its ears completely flat, and it blows at you. If your cat behaves like this, he is especially afraid and indicates that he wants to be left alone. It is therefore best to do that.

9. I am irritated

Who does not know him – the swishing cat’s tail. When two cats have a conflict, it means the start of an attack. But if your cat is lying or sitting quietly and starts to whip its tail, it shows that it is irritated. Does he do that when you are petting him? Then you better stop for a while.

10. I think this is very dirty

Many cats are picky eaters. If something changes in their daily meal, they may very well turn their noses about it. And they like to show that too: they look at the bowl with food and withdraw their heads. And if they think it’s really dirty, they just walk away

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DE LUIE REBEL

Katten slapen gemiddeld 16 uur per dag en doen dat vol overgave: er wordt gerekt, gestrekt en schaamteloos gegaapt. Heerlijk. De Luie Rebel is er wel héél goed in. Die laat rennen en spelen liever aan een ander over en ploft met gemak overal neer voor een overheerlijk dutje. Maar het liefst ligt deze Rebel in een lekker zacht mandje of hangmatje.


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DE KRABBEL REBEL

Katten hebben van nature de behoefte om hun nagels te scherpen. Ze markeren daarmee hun territorium en worden er ontspannen en blij van. De Krabbel Rebel weet van geen ophouden als het om krabbelen gaat. Maak van je huis daarom een feestje voor deze Rebel en zet één (of meer) goede krabpalen neer.


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DE OUTDOOR REBEL

Buitenkatten houden van hun vrijheid en van avontuur. Ze verstoppen zich vaak in struiken en houden de hele buurt in de gaten. Ze kunnen zich uren vermaken met rondvliegende insecten en nemen – als het even meezit – een echte muis voor je mee naar huis. De Outdoor Rebel komt thuis om gezellig met de baasjes te kroelen en rustig te eten. En stelt het op prijs als er een fijn plekje is om uit te rusten voor het volgende avontuur.


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DE INDOOR REBEL

Sommige katten blijven liever binnen. Of het baasje wil dit graag. Indoor Rebels vinden het heerlijk om naar buiten te kijken – naar al het spannends wat zich daar afspeelt. Je maakt deze katten blij door het binnen net zo spannend te maken als buiten. Prikkel hun instincten met speeltjes en krabmeubels waar ze lekker in kunnen klimmen, want dan blijven ze gelukkig en gezond.


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THE LAZY REBEL

Cats sleep up to 16 hours a day with full commitment: lots of stretching and shameless yawning… Mhmm, delicious. The lazy Rebel masters this trait like no other and prefers to leave the running and playing to someone else. This lazy napper is able to lie down anywhere to take a well-deserved rest, but they prefer a nice and soft hammock or basket.


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THE SCRATCHING REBEL

Cats naturally have the need to sharpen their nails. This way they mark their territory. It also makes them relaxed and happy. The scratching Rebel will never stop when it comes to this. Transform your house into a “scratching paradise” for this Rebel and supply it with one or several good cat trees.


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THE OUTDOOR REBEL

Outdoor cats love adventure and freedom. They often hide in bushes to keep an eye on their surroundings. They can entertain themselves for hours with bugs flying around and they might even take home a real mouse for you! The outdoor Rebel will come home to cuddle with its owner and to eat peacefully. This adventurer would appreciate it if there is a nice spot in your house to rest before the next adventure.


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THE INDOOR REBEL

Some cats prefer to stay inside, this can also be a decision made by the owner. Indoor Rebels enjoy watching the outside world – and everything exciting that happens there. You can make these cats happy by making the indoor world just as exciting as the outdoor world. Stimulate their senses with toys and cat furniture in which they can climb. This way they remain healthy and happy.


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DER FAULE REBELL

Katzen schlafen durchschnittlich 16 Stunden pro Tag und tun dies voller Hingabe. Sie strecken sich, dehnen sich und gähnen unverhohlen. Herrlich! Der faule Rebell ist sehr gut darin. Er überlässt das Toben und Spielen am liebsten jemand anderem und macht stattdessen lieber ein kleines Nickerchen. Am liebsten bevorzugt dieser Schläfer ein weiches Sofa oder ein gepolsterte Liegefläche.


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DER KRATZENDE REBELL

Katzen haben von Natur aus das Bedürfnis, ihre Nägel zu schärfen. Damit markieren sie zum einen ihr Territorium und verhindern zum anderen, dass die Nägel zu lang werden und einwachsen. Kratzen, wetzen und schärfen macht sie entspannt und glücklich. Der Kratz-Rebell kennt dann auch kein Halten mehr, wenn es ums Wetzen und Kratzen geht. Mach dein Zuhause also zu einer Partyzone für diesen Rebellen und stelle einen (oder mehrere) gute Kratzbäume mit viel Wetzmöglichkeiten auf.


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DER OUTDOOR-REBELL

Freigängerkatzen lieben die Freiheit und das Abenteuer. Oft verstecken sie sich im Gebüsch und behalten die ganze Nachbarschaft im Auge. Sie können sich stundenlang mit fliegenden Insekten vergnügen, streunen herum und bringen im schlimmsten Fall eine Maus als Geschenk mit nach Hause. Der Outdoor-Rebell kommt nur nach Hause, um mit den Besitzern eventuell zu kuscheln und sich sein Fressen servieren zu lassen. Und er schätzt es über alle Maßen, wenn er einen schönen, gemütlichen Platz am liebsten auf einem Kratzbaum zum Ausruhen für das nächste Abenteuer angeboten bekommt.


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DER INDOOR-REBELL

Einige Katzen sind reine Indoor-Rebellen. Entweder, weil sie es vorziehen in einem warmen und gefahrlosen Zuhause zu leben oder weil der Besitzer dies so möchte. Indoor-Rebellen lieben es nach draußen zu schauen – und das aufregende Leben draußen aus sicherer Entfernung zu beobachten. Diese Katzen sind glücklich, wenn man drinnen die gleichen Abenteuer simuliert, die sie draußen beobachten können. Stimuliere deren Instinkte mit Spielzeug und Kratzmöbeln, in denen sie herumklettern und toben können, damit sie gesund, agil und glücklich bleiben.


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