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Getting to know your Cat

 

Are you a new pet owner?  If you’ve just made a new addition to your family by the way of a cat, you must be excited!  After all, you should be.  It can be a big responsibility to own a cat, but the rewards you receive makes it so worthwhile.  It can fill your heart with joy to see the love and compassion in the eyes of your cat, although that is not all that you will see.

 

Each day as you get to know your cat more and more, they will begin to show many traits and characteristics. After all, all living animals have their own personalities.  In very little time you’ll get to understand your cat just as if they were one of the kids or a friend.

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As nice as it is to hear that you may be understanding your pet in no time at all, you may be looking for more information.  So how exactly do you get to understand your pet? They won’t respond like a human but there are other signals that your pet may send you to help you understand their wants and needs.  To be the best pet owner possible and to provide your cat with proper care, it’s important for you notice and take action when these signals are displayed.

For starters, do you know when your cat may be ready to fight?  Whether your cat is ready to attack you, another person in your home, or another pet, this is a sign that you need to look out for.  Cats, like humans, can develop a wide array of emotions, including anger.  If your cat has their head down and is in a crouching position, they may be ready to pounce.  Many cats will also try to hide behind an object so that they can’t be seen and they will move their tail back and forth in a horizontal pattern.  Some cats will also deal with their anger by hiding or retreating to an area that they feel comfortable or safe in.

Gray-cat-ready-to-attack_2560x1440However, some cats will also pounce with the intent to play and display other playful signals.  A happy cat and one who wants to play is usually very active.  Your cat, when happy and excited, may always be on the move.  He or she may be extra cuddly with you, hoping you will give them the extra attention and playtime.  Another sign of a happy and excited cat is one whose head, tail, and ears are straight up.

 

Seeing love and compassion in your cat’s eyes as mentioned earlier, may actually not be as difficult to see as you think. It’s been said that when a cat squints whilst looking at you, it’s their way of saying “I love you”.  It’s also been said that biting and licking are other ways that cats show love and affection.

 

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These are just a few of many ways to understanding your cat. All of which should not be rushed. Just give them the proper amount of love and attention, watch their reactions, and make note of any habits your new friend may develop.  In time, you and your new pet will know each other inside out.