Cat ear language: how to learn to decipher it

Cat ear language: learn to decipher it

Cat ear language

They twitch, they fall backward, they get pointy. Ears are definitively a means of communication of your feline friend. But what is up with this cat ear language? What is the message behind the movements of your cat’s ear?

Although cats are mysterious, understanding what it is that they want to say with their ears is only a matter of paying close attention. Your cat will use her ears to express how she feels, needs or desires. Check out how to decipher cat ear language.

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A curious cat

When a cat perceives an unusual sound, he will point the funnel-shaped pinna (external ear flap) towards such sound. They obviously do this to try to gather as much information as possible. If you are observant enough, you have noticed that they do this even during their sleep.

An agitated cat

When a cat is agitated, he will flicker his ears. The ears face sideways and vibrate very quickly. If the person or animal causing this agitation does not go away, the cat will proceed to charge and attack.

An uneasy cat

Remember those airplane ears extended flat to the sides. This is an indication of that your cat is feeling threatened or uneasy. The position of the ears also helps buffer any upsetting sound coming from the sides. Ears that are lying down are also more protected in the case of an attack. You should interpret this a sign to stop doing or to remove whatever is making your cat uneasy or threatened.

An angry or scared cat

When a cat is in fear or angry he will place his ears flat against his head. This will protect them from any scratch or bite. If the owner ignores the warning, a cat with his ears facing backward will attack.

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