There isn’t a lot of research about the emotions of cats, but we do know that they have them. If you just observe your cat and some of her behaviors, you will definitely see some emotional behaviors. Knowing what emotions your cat has and how to identify them can help you better understand your cat and give her what she needs.
One of the most common emotions in animal is fear. It is evident when they are faced with a threatening experience. For cats, that could be a large dog that’s aggressive or trying to play with them. Your cat may flee to a safe place or make unpleasant noises to show it is experiencing fear.
Imagine how you would feel if an animal 10 times your size started to chase after you. It wouldn’t matter if the animal was playing or was trying to harm you. You would probably run in fear. Your cat will often have the same reaction, and she may not come down from her safe place until long after the dog has left. It is fear keeping her there, and you need to be prepared to provide safety and comfort for your cat in these kinds of circumstances.
Your cat may not love you the same way a human would, but it definitely has some ways of showing affection. While some people say that cats are cold creatures and are not capable of feeling love and displaying it toward others, cat owners know differently. Your cat may rub itself up against your leg or purr contentedly when you pet its fur just the right way. These are not just behaviors that are a way for the cat to get what she wants, they are also a way of expressing her affection toward you. Cats tend to display their love when they are well treated, as a way to reciprocate the care and affection that you show them.
Cats that are constantly pestered by loud noises or unruly dogs will have a spirit of irritation about them. if you feed your cat food it doesn’t like, it may act out and display its irritation towards you. Some cats will pee outside the litter box or knock over their food or litter box when they are irritated. There are lots of ways that cats show their irritation, and if you pay attention to the signs, then you may be able to do something about the problem. An irritated cat is unlikely to respond well to your own displays of affection, and she may not want to be petted or spend time with you. If that’s not an emotional display from your cat, then we don’t know what is.
Cat depression is a very real condition that is medically proven and terribly sad. There could be many reasons why cats can become depressed, and you should be aware of the signs and try to determine what could be causing it. Cats that miss their previous owners can be very sad and lonely. If your cat is getting older and unable to move around as freely as before, then she could become depressed about that as well. Cats that feel depression are more likely to not want to play. They are also more likely to act out and show signs of discontent. Your cat may refuse to eat its food when it is depressed, and it may not use the litter box properly. All of these are indications that your cat is suffering from the emotional problems related to depression.
If your cat is affectionate toward you or simply has a good disposition, then these can be an extension of its happiness. These attitudes are a clear sign that your cat is happy. A happy cat is a healthy one and will live longer. If your cat is not happy for much of its life, then it will be stressed, depressed and unhealthy. Cats that are happy will greet you with affection when you come home. They will also come quickly when you call them for food. If your cat is happy, then it will be playful and energetic, and you may often see it run around the house or the yard. Happy cats tend to be high energy cats, and you can tell by their body language if they are in a good mood or not.
Cat parents can typically tell how their cat is feeling just by looking at them. It’s obvious to longtime cat parents that their cat has emotions, and they know what signs to look for to tell if their cat is having a good day or if she needs some encouragement or affection. Your cat really does feel emotion, and if you know what to look for, you can tell what those emotions are and help your cat when she exhibits one of the negative ones.
About the Guest Post Author
Ron Wolff is a content editor at felineculture.com – a site for happy, healthy, and adventurous cats who are fuelled by nature