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Thomasina

Do some of the things your cats do seem, well, just plain weird. Thomasina shares her expert purrls of wisdom on cat behavior and why cats do the things they do from a cat's point of view.

Cat Body Language Translated

By Category: Cat Behavior, Cat Body Language, How Cats Communicate

Oh… you’re not fluent in catspeak? I put together this glossary of cat body language, so you can understand what your cat’s saying to you. 

This yawning cat isn't being rude. In cat body language, yawning means the cat is relaxed.

When your cat yawns, he’s not bored or being rude.

What does yawning mean in cat body language, Thomasina? When I have friends over, my cat yawns at them. Why is he so rude? They think he’s bored with them!

— Embarrassed 

Hey, Embarrassed…

I don’t think your cat’s bored. Most of us love watching humans. Some of the things you do are just so funny and cute. If we had cell phones, we’d be snapping pictures and posting them on Facebook and Instagram all day!

While humans communicate with words, we communicate mostly with body language. Cat body language isn’t that hard to understand when you know what you’re looking for. 


Cats yawn when they’re relaxed. Yawning sends a reassuring, non-threatening message. It’s one of the ways we say we’re comfortable with you and don’t want to fight. So your friends should be happy when your cat yawns at them. Would they yawn back? He’d be surprised and pleased that they speak his language. 

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Our human wrote a whole article on cat body language. Check it out. It’s pretty interesting.

 

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