How to tell what your cat is thinking
Cats don’t like having their tummies stroked, but instead roll over as a display of trust, dailymail.co.uk reports.
New information released by Cats Protection identified cat behaviour and the ways owners most often misread them. One of the biggest was the issue of cats rolling over, as this is usually a sign that they want their tummies stroked. In fact, Cats Protection claimed, they don’t like this but instead roll over to show trust that the owner actually won’t touch their stomachs.
Instead, it was proclaimed, this should be interpreted as a sign that cats want to be stroked on their heads.
Other behavioural traits included slow blinking, which indicates contentedness and calmness. Cats that walk along with their tail extended were deemed to be showing the owner that they’re happy to see them, maybe even saying a version of “hello”.
Meanwhile, any time one makes a point to come running through the cat flap only to rub itself along the owner’s legs was said to be its way of letting the owner know he or she smells different. Thus, the cat will mark its territory on their clothes once more.
At the other end of the happiness spectrum, flattened ears can signal fright, whilst licking of lips could be an indication the cat is feeling nauseous or stressed. This shouldn’t always be taken as read, however, as the licking of lips could also simply be the cat cleaning itself.
Commenting, Cat Protection behaviour manager Nicky Trevorrow told telegraph.co.uk: “They are quite complicated and subtle in their behaviour, much more so than social species like ourselves and dogs.
“Unlike dogs and humans, cats have not evolved the complex facial muscles that allow them to make obvious expressions. They are more subtle and can be difficult to read, so owners also need to look for non-facial signals that can indicate how their cat is feeling.”