Cat Language: Do You Want to Know about Cat Body Language

For you as cat owners or cat lovers, it must be very interesting if you know the cat language because sometimes when you hear your cat’s sound which is very annoying, you do not know what was expressed by the cat.

As it is known, a cat has various meanings on its sounds depending on its pronunciation. Cats can also make a sound like snoring which is often liked by a human. Because the sound is not a vowel sound, then the cat can make purr and meow noises at the same time.

Cat as a pet, it turns out that they have a language to communicate with humans. According to the study which ever conducted, it was showed that African wild cats – the descent of domestic cat at home – do not have the capability of this cat language.

A psychologist from Cornell University, Nicholas Nicastro, compared the sound of hundreds of domestic cats (Felis Catus) and African wild cat (Felis Silvestris Lybica) several years ago.

Nicastro’s research showed that cat sounds or cat language are different when communicating different things to a human. When they ask for food, for example, the sound will be contrasted to when they are angry.

The way to examine it is Nicastro recorded about 100 “Miaw” from 12 to 26 cats and asked some people to hear them. They were asked to give for the cats’ sound assessment whether it’s “seduction”, “fun”, “important” or “demand”. The score is 1 to 7. The cats’ voice tone is then analyzed to determine how the pattern of “fun” or “demands” is.

When the cat was not happy, the meow will be longer, lower rear sound, rugged, and powerful. ”MiiiAWW!” said Nicastro to give an example. The sound is issued if the cat was hungry and asked for food.

If the cat is happy, her voice is flat with energy. The voice is sounded high-pitched and covered with a low tone.

Surprisingly, after the vote and comparison, there was a difference with the wild cats of Africa. Wild cats just made an unhappy sound. They don’t have a soft voice as your cat at home.

“Cats are animals that have learned how to affect our emotions,” says psychologist who was caring for two cats. ”And when we respond, we are also, essentially, homy creatures.”

Perhaps the best way to understand the language of cats is to recognize the body language of cats which are universal.

Here are a few examples of cat behavior that you can guess the mood of your cat.

  • Tilting and moving his head back – someone came too close.
  • Half-closed eyes and ears turned slightly to the side – your cat is comfortable with himself
  • Directing his ears, turned back, and her pupils shrink – this is a warning. Your cat is angry, so leave him for a moment.
  • Pupils dilated even in bright light – surprised cat.
  • Directing his ears, and eyes wide open – your cat wants to play!
  • Leaning his ears back, closes his eyes and looked a little – was invited to settle. Your cat tells you that he will not harm you and hope he gets the same treatment.

Cats’ body language will be easily recognizable if you study carefully the behavior of your cat.


Actually, there is also Meowlingual the translator tool cat language. After successfully creating Bowlingual (translator tool “dog language”), Takeda Co launched Meowlingual. You simply brought this tool into the cat’s head in a moment; this tool will translate the cat language into human language, like “I can not wait anymore” and others.

It would be fun if you can know the meaning of your beloved cat’s language.

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