In the first half of this post we’ve talked about how do cats express happiness and more precisely about the sounds and the vocal clues they give and the body language that shows when a cat is feeling happy and content.
This second post will show you how cats express happiness through several behavior related cues. So let’s find out which are these clues.
How Do Cats Express Happiness
Like humans, cats will express their moods right through their behavior, but you’ll have to observe them for a while before managing to correctly interpret those signs.
A happy cat is always confident. She’s super interested by whatever she’s doing at the moment or by anything new in the house, meaning that she’s comfortable in those surroundings. Engaging in finding out everything that’s new in your home or simply calmly analyzing what’s happening from a distance are clear signs of a confident – and therefore happy and content cat.
Playfulness is probably one of the best indicators for a happy cat. Just watch kittens. Everything they do all day long is play and be happy. But that applies to adult cats as well – and humans nonetheless. Adult cats will play a lot less often than kittens, but if they play, that’s a good sign of feline happiness. They can play with anything, even other little – or larger – furry friends, which means that they like and trust that company. And trust translates into happiness.
The place where our furry little friends choose to sleep is another indicator of happiness. As is company. If something changes in where a cat chooses to sleep, you’ll know that something’s wrong, but if your feline friend chooses to sleep or nap in your lap for example, that’s a sign of trust on her behalf and nonetheless a sign of her happiness. When a cat is always looking for her preferred companion to share her sleep or nap time with, it indicates a happy relationship with that person or fellow cat. Or another fellow furry friend – dogs and mice included.
In general, a cat that keeps herself well groomed signals that her happiness levels are normal. Poor grooming is always the result of unhappiness or health problems. Also, grooming another fellow cat, signals a positive and happy relationship. Sometimes that other fellow cat may even be the owner, as it’s known that cats regard their owners as just other fellow – and larger – cats. So be happy when your furry friend starts licking your nose. She’s only trying to say that she’s happy with you. Or with your nose at least.
Last but not least, you should always look for signs of happiness or lack of it on a cat’s eating habits. Normal healthy appetites usually show a happy and content cat. If something is wrong, their appetite changes as well.
Together with the vocal clues and body language we talked about in the first post, these are the main ways through which cats express happiness.