Our favourite feline companions can be more aloof than dogs and their behaviour can be harder to read. We all want the best for our kitties but how can you tell if they are happy or not? Here are some tell tale signs to look out for in a happy cat.
Look at your cat’s body language
As with dogs, a happy cat will be relaxed. Sleeping with their paws tucked under is a good sign they are feeling relaxed and at home.
Your cat’s eyes are a good indication of how they are feeling, especially the dilated eyes seen in a happy cat. If your cat is content their ears will likely be facing forwards and their tail held straight up with just the tip crooked to greet you.
Listen to your cat
Cats can be very vocal creatures, and the pitch of your cat’s miaow will tell you a lot about how they are feeling. A happy cat will usually have a high-pitched miaow whereas a low-pitched sound may signal that your cat is upset or annoyed. Purring is usually a good indication that your cat is feeling content.
Is your cat grooming themselves?
A cat that is feeling content and healthy will usually keep themselves (and often other household cats!) clean and well groomed. However, if you cat is feeling unwell or depressed it may stop grooming altogether so this is something to be aware of.
Your cat’s sleeping and eating habits
Cats love their sleep so it’s not unusual for them to sleep around 15 hours a day (and as much as 20 hours for a kitten). Where they sleep is quite telling, and a happy cat will choose a social spot near the rest of the family for its catnaps. If your cat is hiding away it may be a sign that they are feeling under par. A change in eating habits or a loss of appetite can also indicate that something is wrong.
A happy cat is playful
Cats are naturally playful creatures and a happy, healthy kitty will usually love the interaction of playing a bit of cat and mouse or chase. As well as helping you to bond with your cat, playing certain games can be good for nurturing their hunting instincts.
You know your pet
Ultimately as an owner you will know what your cat’s normal temperament and habits are. If you notice any sudden changes in them keep in mind that pets can find change in the home stressful, and can be affected by personal loss just like we can (they may even be missing another pet). Figuring out what the problem is the first step to helping your cat get her mojo back, and of course if you are worried about your pet's health speak to your vet straightaway for advice.