Do you think your cat is purring because he’s happy to see you? Not always! Cats are the queens of conflicting messages – here’s how to understand your feline.
13# She watches you from afar
It can be difficult to know if your cat is holding her away because she is upset or if she stays away because, well, it’s a cat and cats are weird. But if your furry friend is actively avoiding you when he’s normally playful or staying longer than usual, it’s a sign that she’s crazy, frightened or anxious, says Michael Rueb, cat behavior expert and head of operations at the National Cat Protection Society. Angry cats will keep their distance when they are baffled by, for example, a loud and sudden voice, quick movements or even an unknown smell on your jacket, he explains. The solution? Let her have her place, she’ll come back when she’s ready.
12# He growls at you
Do you think they are just dogs that growl? So you have never seen an angry cat. Angry cats can make a wide variety of noises that signal their discontent, including a throaty growl, Rueb says. If your bestie expresses his feelings, start by giving him room, then slowly do things that will create a positive relationship, such as eating, playing with toys, bathing or talking softly, says Rueb. By learning the truth about these little things that tick, you can also replace the grunts with purring.