Our feline companions can be more distant than dogs, and their behavior can be more difficult to interpret. We all want the best for our cats, but how can we tell if they are happy? Here are some indications of a happy cat:
Take Notice of Your Cat's Body Language
A relaxed cat is a happy cat. Sleeping with their paws tucked under indicates that they are content and at peace. Your cat's eyes, particularly the widened eyes observed in a happy cat, are an indicator of how they are feeling. Your cat's ears will most likely be facing forward, and their tail will be held straight up with only the tip crooked if they're happy.
Give Importance to Your Cat
Cats are vocal animals, and the pitch of your cat's miaow may reveal a lot about how they're feeling. A high-pitched miaow indicates a happy cat, but a low-pitched miaow indicates an upset or annoyed cat. Purring is a sign that your cat is happy.
Is Your Cat Grooming Itself?
When a cat is happy and healthy, it will typically keep itself, clean and groomed. If your cat is sick or sad, it may stop grooming completely, so keep that in mind.
The Sleeping and Eating Habits of Your Cat
Cats enjoy sleeping, and it's not uncommon for cats to sleep for up to 15 hours every day and 20 hours for a kitten. A happy cat will pick a sociable location close to the members of the household for its catnaps. If your cat is hiding,
it might be an indication that they are not feeling well. A change in eating habits or a loss in appetite might also be concerning.
A Playful Cat Is a Happy Cat.
Generally, cats are lively creatures, and a content, healthy feline will typically enjoy a game 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
As an owner, you will eventually learn about your cat's normal temperament and behaviours. If you see any sudden changes in them, take into consideration that pets, like humans, can be stressed by changes in the household and can be impacted by personal loss (they may even be missing another pet).