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Owners do not understand their cats, survey reveals

Posted by: Laura Varley  Date: 07/08/2013   Category: Latest News

A new survey has revealed that cat owners do not understand their cats’ body language, which could be quite worrying, a charity says.

According to a press release on cats.org.uk, a survey by Cats Protection, a feline welfare charity, looked at 1,100 adult cat owners. The results showed that the majority of cat owners cannot tell what their cat is trying to tell them. For example, 76 per cent did not know an upright tail is a greeting signal and one in 20 thought that the reason a cat rubs its face against something, is because it has an itchy face, instead of marking its’ territory.

A lot of owners may assume that when their furry friend comes through the cat flap purring, it is just happy to see its owner again. However, it can actually be a sign of pain too, yet two-thirds of owners were unaware of this fact.

Another worrying statistic showed that almost half of cat owners (49 per cent) do not know that cats licking their lips is a sign of stress, reports itv.com.

There were some things feline lovers got right though, 69 per cent knew that a slow blink is a sign of relaxation and 68 per cent realised when cats lie on their back they are greeting them.

Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager, Nicky Trevorrow, said: “Cats are often considered to be independent and able to look after themselves whereas dogs are usually perceived to ‘need’ their owners. The reality is that while cats are pretty good at surviving without us, they do of course have needs. If these aren’t met, it can lead to stress and behavioural problems.”