In general, if they point forward and slightly outward, then every thing’s cool. If the ears are erect and facing forward, they’re wide awake and may be exploring something it hears. If the ears are twitching nervously back and forth, they’re agitated or anxious. These are the main identifiers:
Alert and Interested
When your cat’s ears are completely upright, this means the cat is alert and interested in something. Is it dinner time? Are you playing with a new toy? When your cat’s ears are in this position, she is most likely not interested in cuddling because she is otherwise engaged, so it’s best not to force petting or other cuddly behavior – unless the cat is greeting you.
Relaxed and Happy
A cat’s ears may quickly go from alert and upright to pointing slightly to the side. This means kitty is relaxed, happy and content – it indicates he is ready for cuddling, petting or being picked up.
Aggressive or Displeased
If your cat’s ears move from a forward position to flattened down or backward, it likely means he does not like what is happening. This could mean she dislikes being scratched where you’re scratching her, or she’s annoyed, or she’s afraid. This position is important to keep in mind because it is often a precursor to aggression in cats. If your cat’s ears are down, it’s a good idea to give kitty some space to cool off.
Next up…the Tail…
There really is a lot more to cats than meets the eye. Listen to what they say and learn.
My cats have taught me a lot about life and what’s truly important. They are wise creatures.
If I’ve learned a lesson from my cat (Chester) – it’s that the present moment is all we have. Cats aren’t scrambling to meet a deadline or race the clock. Sometimes it’s wise to stop and smell the roses.
My cat always believes in the principle of ‘why do today what can wait until tomorrow’ 🙂
Something I learned from my cat – she will always seek out the sunniest, warmest spot in the house to sleep the day away.
My cat Simon has at least 5 different types of meows. I can understand each and ever one of them now.
I have regular conversations with my Persian (Samantha)
Been watching my cats tail after reading this – mostly upright…means she adores me I assume. 🙂
Thank you for sharing this. I adore my sweet cat. Now I can understand her vocalizing.
Love cats..have 3 in my home.
My sweet Lola would talk to me. I would meow and she always answered. She would come into the bathroom while I was either in the shower or tub. Walk around meowing so loud and actually stand or sit on the edge and talk to me while I bathed. It was the best part of my day.
I listen to what they say, and love all 3 of them for the wonderful friends they are,
and thank them for the lessons they have taught me.
My old man Sox who is 16 years old has recently started getting in my lap. Love it.
We talk all the time he meows and I meows back. I always know what he talking about, my boyfriend says I crazy lol.
Cats are wonderful and adoring creatures. My grandcat Fiona Glenn Anne is a loveable and quirky girl. She will let you know what and when she wants it! Every time I see her she rubs her face gently all over mine. Cats have scent glands in their face she makes sure everyone knows I belong to her!
I have a cat name Mickey Jr. Mickey is my brid and
Joel to me. He always tells me went he wants his wet food. There a time when he wanted to go out side. I tell him no and he meow back to me.
My eldest cat has a large vocabulary compared to other cats I know. He makes dozens of different sounds all with their own unique meaning.
Fell out of bed feeling down. This has brehitgned my day!
Very true! Makes a change to see soneome spell it out like that. 🙂
We loved our amazing, giant Tabby cat and Since he was the quintessential absolutely perfect everything a Tabby Cat could or should look like and be like, we called him TABBY! The largest and Most beautiful cat I have ever seen! We loved him and he loved us back in his natural, regal and always dignified manner. He amazed everyone who met him. He acquired feline leukemia as a young adult and though we did have a vet who followed him and prescribed meds, Tabby passed away before he reached middle age. We lost him but we will never forget him🐾💕
Love cats..have 5 in my home.