Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Guide to Cat Body Language

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Thursday Trivia series for a very important video we three cats think everyone planning to adopt a cat needs to watch!


Recently, Cat's Protection, the UK's leading feline welfare charity, posted a video on how to interpret a cat's body language that we'd like to share with you.

But what's really interesting to us are the statistics they gathered from a survey on cat behavior that prompted the creation of this video.

So enjoy the video below, but then be sure to scroll down to view some of those statistics  - we think some of them may surprise you!

A few surprising stats

In the study that led to the production of this video, Cat's Protection found that fully one-third of people polled thought a cat who rolls onto its back wants its belly rubbed like a dog.
Seasoned cat owners can tell you that's a sure way to earn yourself a seriously scratched hand!

Four in ten people thought a cat with its ears back would benefit from a comforting cuddle. Well, at least they understood that "ears-back" meant frightened! But a cat that's scared needs his space - not a human hug! They also need a place to hide until the fear and stress subside.

Half of cat owners polled did not know that a cat will lick its lips when stressed. One third of them thought it meant the cat was hungry. Not so - often it's the exact opposite. Cats lick they're lips when nauseous, too.

And finally, our favorite (at least in the Darwin Award Cat-egory!).

Drum roll please:
25% of cat owners polled actually thought we kitties intentionally shed our fur to mark territory.

Uhm, no-o-ooo...

But we will admit that stropping your legs when you come home is as much to re-scent you as it is to greet you.

(You have nooo idea how stinky you smell when you get home - all those strange office and shopping scents and all, you know.)

That's enough Kitty Confession for one day. Hope you enjoyed the video!


  1. The video was well done, thanks for sharing it. That poor scared cat, though--I felt so sorry for it. I'm guessing a new intake (at the time of the video).

    I'm lucky in that the boys, especially Derry, LOVE to have their tummies rubbed, but I wouldn't touch another cat there unless I knew they enjoyed it. LOL.

  2. I didn't know when you expose your belly, you don't want to get it rubbed. Great share!

    I watched all 3 minutes of it. P.S. Now I know that purring can also mean you guys are in pain

  3. Cosmo and Ling are the only ones who actually ask for tummy rubs. Try to tummy rub Tutu and you get a cat latched on your hand. Hahaha.

  4. We too did this post last Tuesday. Very informative for non cat speaking people. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. Great video and some great things about behavior in cats. It is interesting to hear what different things mean. Good post.

  6. Great video and some great things about behavior in cats. It is interesting to hear what different things mean. Good post.

  7. I think it is criminal how dense so many humans (including humans who live with cats) are when it comes to reading our behavior! I have a lot of work cut out ahead of me.

  8. That is a great vid. Cats Protection is a great group.
    I think most of us blogging kittie have Dads and Moms who are a bit ahead of the curve.
    Funny you mentioned the Dawins!
    Dad shows us the winners every year

  9. Great video. We are surprised that 50% knew that lip-licking was a stress behavior. We haven't found many people who knew that one at all!

  10. Great video! All humans should see it. Me-Ommmmm

  11. Cool stuff! Rumblemum didn't know the lick the lips thing (pfft, she calls herself a cat person!)

  12. That's a great video!! I have really noticed with my foster, Lori, the difference of when to pet her and when not to. When she is lying on her belly or walking around, I can pet her all over and as much as I want. When she lays on her side, even though she is purring, blinking and making biscuits, I can only pet her on her head, and only for a few times.

  13. Very well-done video. Thank you for sharing. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty may, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  14. The video was well done, thanks for sharing it !
    Me too re-scent my mom-person when she comes home from work :)


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