Even though stereotypes suggest that cats are uncaring and aloof creatures, most of them are quite affectionate and intelligent pets. Even though they don’t speak the human language, they are able to communicate their wants, feelings and moods in a very effective way. If you want to tune in to your cat’s feelings and emotions and strengthen your bond with your feline, an owner needs to learn to speak cat. Once you learn to read signs and body language of your kitty, you will be able to tell when she is in the mood for human interaction and feeling happy. Here are some signs that will show you that she’s happy:
Similar to most animals, nonverbal communication is typically used by cats for conveying their feelings. A happy kitty will have an easy and relaxed posture and expression. Their tail will be straight up and may bend slightly in the form of a question mark. Owners will notice a gentle quiver or shake in their tail when their feline is extremely happy such as when they greet you after a while. Her ears will face slightly to the sides or forward and remain erect. The pupils of the cat will be of the right size, depending on the light in the room. The cat may even give owners a slow blink and you can give her one in return to tell her that you love her.
Kneading and Head Butting
Head butting and kneading are both familiar activities for cat owners as they are behaviors of relaxed and happy cats. Kneading is instinctive in cats and is seen from kitten-hood. They knead their mother’s belly for boosting milk flow. Your cat is showing how safe, happy and content she feels when she kneads you. She displays happiness and affection when rubbing her face and head against you and also marks you with pheromones to show other cats that you belong to her.
Purring and Other Sounds
One of the best-known indicators of feline happiness is the rhythmic rumbling of a purr. While purring is usually associated with good moods in felines, sometimes cats may also purr when they are injured or feeling anxious as a way of self-comfort. You can assume your kitty is happy when she looks content, curls in your lap and purrs. They may also use other signs for communicating with you. When they make chirping sounds, they probably want you to follow them while a friendly meow is a request for attention or food and even a greeting.
Grooming and Affectionate Behavior
When your cat feels affectionate and happy, she will spend a lot of time grooming themselves and will do the same to you. This means they will nibble their hair or skin affectionately or lick their owners. A happy and trusting cat also rolls over and exposes her belly for the owner to rub her tummy. Happy cats mostly want to be near their owners so they will curl in your lap or chest.