Confused by Your Cat? Decode Their Quirky Behaviour

Tabby Kitten behind a cushionSource: Stock Snap.

Have you ever wondered what your cat might be thinking?

Cats are remarkably inventive and lovable balls of fluff, but they’re so secretive that you never quite know what they’re planning. So, in order to further Human-Cat relations, we’ve found the perfect guide to finding out exactly what your cat is trying to say.

Understanding what they want is one thing, but don’t forget to make sure that your cat stays happy, vital and healthy with wonderfully tasty kitten and cat food that ensures they get all of the nutrition, vitamins and minerals they need to keep their nine lives intact.

I’m Talking to You

It’s easy to misunderstand your cat or to merely assume that they just want some attention. But taking the time to understand what your cat is trying to convey is one of the most important foundations of maintaining a good relationship. Unlike dogs, who wear their feelings on their faces (and tails), cats are much more subtle.

Listen out for mewling and purrs, keep an eye on a cat that retreats or hides from company, and pay attention to their body language. If a cat is unhappy, they’ll make this known to you with yowling and a destructive ‘don’t care’ attitude.

Recent scientific studies are researching these signs of feline behaviour. It’s slowly becoming apparent that cats are just as expressive as their canine companions, just in very different ways. In order to build a solid cat-human relationship, we really have to ‘listen’ to our cats.

Take the time to interpret what your cat is trying to say.


Man holding a kitten to his faceSource: Visual Hunt.

Understanding Your Cat

Cats are incredibly clever creatures – everything they do has a deeper meaning. From the position of their ears to the level of their purr, your cat is always communicating something to you.

Why does your cat greet you by brushing against your legs? Should you be offended when your cat shows you its behind? Why does your cat insist on bringing dead mice into the house?

This adorably informative and fun guide to feline behaviour reveals all. See below to decode what your cat is trying to tell you.  



Rubbing against your legs or furniture

This is my home, and I scent things to find my way around.

Showing you its behind

Don't be offended, I'm just being friendly. We cats say hello to each other by sniffing tails, just like dogs.

Ears forward

I'm pleased to see you. If you hold out your hand, I might give it a bump to say hello (or a sniff if I'm shy).

Slow closing of eyes/blinking

You're getting a kiss. If you copy me, I might just do it again. If I'm in the mood.

Ears upright, sitting
up and alert

I'm listening intently. Was it a bird or a mouse? I'm not sure, but I'm off to find out.


I'm getting comfy. Kneading you makes me feel good, as I think about how I used to knead my mum.

Rolling on back to expose stomach

I trust you, but watch your fingers if you decide to give me a tickle; I might be in the mood to play.

Back hunched up with tail and fur on end

I'm being defensive. I'm puffing my hair out to make myself look bigger, so whatever I'm scared of leaves me alone.

Cat in a box/bag

This might look silly to you, but it makes me feel safe; I can see you, but you can't see me!

Cat in a box/bag

This might look silly to you, but it makes me feel safe; I can see you, but you can't see me!

Cat 'gift'

I've brought you a mouse to try and teach you how to hunt. See what a good hunter I am.

It's your turn now.


I purr because of most things (dinner, strokes, sitting in sunshine), but mainly because you've given me some form of 'contact' and I like it.

A highly useful illustrated guide to cat behaviour. Source: Sainsbury’s.

Keeping Your Cat Happy

A happy cat means a happy home, so making sure that your cat has everything they need should be a top priority.

Give your cat a safe, dry space as their own personal hideout. Encourage rest and relaxation with warm, soft blankets and plush pillows – though remember to clean these regularly to keep them free from infection and bugs. Ensure that your cat has easy access to a litter box to avoid unpleasant accidents, and don’t let them get bored by providing toys, treats and a scratching post (before those sharp nails get started on the new couch).

Above all, keep your cat fit and healthy by making sure that they get well-balanced meals full of important vitamins and minerals, without any pesky artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Our grain free range of kitten and cat food is natural and nutritious, and super tasty too.

White Fluffy cat in Autumn LeavesTreat your cat to some delicious kitten and cat food. Source: Pexels.

We know how much you love your cat, so we hope that this handy guide helps you to understand them better. As long as you notice their behaviour and mannerisms, and feed them healthy and delicious meals, you’ll be getting along swimmingly for years to come.

And the next time your cat brings you a mouse, you’ll know exactly what they mean.


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