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Cat’s Temperament

Cat’s temperament is usually compared to the behavior of another pet – the dog. The faithful, tractable and sometimes even servile nature of the dog seems more acceptable for people than the self-willed and to some extent uncontrollable temperament of the cat. Only after understanding the specific character of the cat, can one start loving this remarkable animal.

The relationship between a man and the domestic cat is very specific. The animal understands very well that the proprietor looks after her and provides for a favorable way of life. Nevertheless the cat manages to keep her individuality, the care, which she gets, does not turn her into a slave and does not impair her personality.

In the process of domesticating besides the need of food, another need has also arisen – close relationship with man: caressing, stretching in the lap when she has such a wish or mood. It seems that only wild or semi-wild cats (e.g. ownless ones) do not have the need of such human attention.

If a cat, which has been bred at home, is deprived for a long time of daily communication with people and contacts with her proprietor, in spite of the perfect way of life, will inevitably get a feeling of inefficiency and aggrievance and in more severe cases neural disorder.

That’s why when you spare time of your daily life for your pet, you have to remember that it is not enough only to feed and comb the animal, you have to talk to it. “Talk” to the cat with a gentle and friendly voice. Mind that you can say what you like – nevertheless her will not understand most of the words pronounced. The main thing is to talk to her! If your talking is accompanied by caressing, gentle stroking – you have to know that for the puffy creature these are the best moments of the day.

Cats communicate with each other with the help of different sounds, almost unnoticeable changes in the appearance or in the eyes, and when it is necessary in the curve of the body or certain parts of it. The sounds in the cat’s “vocabulary” have specific meaning.

Cats try in different ways to make contact with a man, to tell him their “opinion”, intention, mood or desire. If the man accepts these symbols correctly, a close and perfect relationship will arise between him and the animal, a complete mutual understanding will appear.

Here we will give you short “dictionary” of cat’s “symbols”.

  • The cat rubs hear head in the man’s body – love, devotion, open-heartedness, thirst for caresses or a sign of relaxation;
  • Raised ears – curiosity;
  • Ears bent backwards – warning, protectiveness;
  • Ears close to the head – readiness for an attack;
  • The animal is looking carefully around, then thoroughly licking its fur – complete or false calmness;
  • Narrowed eyes – calmness or sleepiness;
  • Purring – calmness;
  • Discontented purring – a feel of pain;
  • Purring which reminds of growling – dissatisfaction;
  • Mewing – greeting and sometimes request;
  • Mewing with interruption and shade of screaming – respond to human behavior or voice;
  • Wailing – spite;
  • Interrupted cry – fright;
  • Quiet purring which ends with dissatisfied growling – patience has limits;
  • Hissing and hurtling – readiness for defence, giving notice to the target of attack;
  • Restrained growling of cat feeding its youngsters – protecting little ones of possible danger;
  • The same but ending with rising intonation – warning man or another creature not to come close to the pusses;
  • Caressing man with its paw – intimate adherence, tenderness;
  • Curved back – threatening the enemy, the cat is very irritated and ready for defence;
  • Flapping its tail – anger;
  • Drooping tail – fatigue;
  • Drooping tail for a long time – disgust and disappointment ;
  • Gentle flap of the end of the tail – interest;
  • Slow curving of the whole tail – doubt if the contacts of the animal with a certain person will end in peace and quiet;
  • Strained tail of the animal which from time to time shudders – warning;
  • The tail is taut backwards and is kept still – readiness for attack;
  • The tail is raised upwards – satisfaction;
  • The tail is raised but its end is loose – joyful excitement.

Besides the above-mentioned symbols, which are used by all representatives of cats, each cat also uses her own symbols with the help of which she makes contact with those around. That’s why each proprietor can add to this list his personal observations.

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