How do you read your cat’s thoughts?

in the cat's mind

It’s not like sometimes you want to enter your cat’s mind to find out what he thinks, what he hides, how he looks at you. In this way you could better understand it, to know it. How do you read your cat’s thoughts? The cat is a very expressive animal.

You could try to decipher its language, following its movements or looking it in the eye. We will probably never know exactly what and how our cats think. We could try to understand them more easily by following their body language. In this post, I will reveal to you how you read your cat’s thoughts.

When the eyes speak

The look of a cat can tell you a lot about what is going on in her mind. So, when she looks at you intently and stays still, she’s more than likely upset or there’s something wrong with her. As for the look that seems to “beg” for your attention and love, there is no need to talk.

Any cat owner has caught his little cat in such a position. Also, according to specialists, the size of the pupil can be an indicator of the cat’s condition. It can be narrow due to the surrounding light or when the cat is preparing to hunt. If the pupil enlarged, even if the light is very intense, it could be a sign of suffering. But her pupil can also dilate when she starts running or when another cat is fighting.

the cat's eyes

Also, at night, the pupil is always dilated. This helps light to enter the eyes. The feline’s eyelids can tell us even more. Eyes wide open betray a state of alertness and a high mental capacity (the cat is ready for action). If the cat, however, has its eyes half-closed, it means that it is sleepy, so it is better not to disturb it. The most convincing sign that your cat feels safe is if he wakes up and looks at you from time to time during sleep. Or if he sleeps in your presence.

Expressive ears

A cat’s ears are also a form of nonverbal language worth noting. If the ears aimed in front, it means that the cat is on alert. If they arranged sideways, it is a sign that the cat upset or ready to attack.

The ears glued to the head are, instead, a sign of defense. If one ear pointed in front and the other in the back, it means ambiguity and unclear feelings. Also, when the cat rotates its ears, it means that it is paying attention to the sound source.

the cat's ears

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The language of the tail

The movement of the tail is of special importance. For a cat, the tail is as expressive as the eyes in humans. By carefully studying this part of a cat’s body we can see what is going on in her mind. If the cat shakes its tail then it is nervous and upset. She’s trying to tell you she wants you to leave her alone. If you don’t respect his wish, he will most likely try to scratch you or even bite you.

Cats usually exhibit this behavior only when you distract them from something or action that is important to them. Thus, it is not advisable to start caressing her when she eats, for example. Also, when she wants to sleep, you don’t have to get too close to her. In such situations, you must respect his desire for privacy.

the language of the cat's tail

Also, the tail worn upwards, with a slight curl towards the top is one of the nicest expressions of a feline. We usually notice this attitude when our cats see us heading for the kitchen. They run right after us. This component of body language betrays a state of happiness and a good mood. It means that your cat is looking for something that excites her senses and makes her happy.

The cat can still tail in the same way when the owner holds her favorite toy in her hand for a few moments. Then he puts her on the carpet so she can catch him. The language of the feline’s body at the moment is, in fact, an invitation to play. Feline senses that she will spend some precious and fun moments in our company.

Also, when the cat sits in two paws and its tail stuffed around its legs, it means that it is trying to get to know you better. Make eye contact. To speak through your eyes. It’s a good time to calmly explain certain things you want to remember or execute. He will listen to you patiently and carefully. In this position she relaxed.

two paws

Total confidence

Standing back with your legs wide open is the pasture that means full confidence. Your feline feels as comfortable in your presence as in her mother’s. The cat has total confidence in you, it doesn’t bother her if you try to caress her

Try to let her know that you can do whatever you want with her. However, do not take advantage of this invitation. Don’t be brutal, but give her the love and gentleness she deserves.

Also, when they touch each other’s kennels, it means that they long for their mother. It’s time to caress her and hold her. Your little cat wants little comfort. He loves the warmth and affection of the human body. She loved to feel him close. The closeness to your body calms her. It is one of the few things that helps her get a good night’s sleep.

total confidence

Discomfort and confusion

The kitten shakes its paw, it means that it feels discomfort and confusion. If he is lying with her, he asks for something, especially if his paw is in the air. A puzzled face is another way of claiming something. When the cat demands your attention, you should encourage it.

paw stretched

Ask him to show you and lead you where he wants to go. This is the method by which it can make you notice that the bowl of water has emptied. That the sand in the litter has to changed or even make you notice a strange noise. So, pay attention to what the cat wants to convey to you. This way you will be able to understand it betters and make it happy.



You have a cat. You love her. You want to know what he thinks of you. Well, because the cat is a very expressive animal, you can try to decipher its language. Following its movements or looking it in the eye. Your eyes, ears, tail, can reveal much of what your cat thinks. You just have to be careful and know the meaning of every gesture in your cat’s body language.

If you liked my post, feel free to leave me a comment. Let me know your experience, to what extent did you understand your cat. Thank you.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

You can now learn to communicate directly with your cat.


14 Replies to “How do you read your cat’s thoughts?”

  1. Hey there, Carmen! I love animals so much, but sometimes I wonder how great it will be if we can communicate with them like the Disney princesses in the movie haha! I am aware of the communication through the eyes and ears, though Im not aware of the tail one! Your infographic really helped be tremendously as I have so many stray cats behind my house and they always have their tails straight up. I never knew it was because they are feeling friendly and content! By knowing a glimpse of how the cats feel, it definitely helps us to reach their needs accordingly. 

    I enjoyed my read here as it is such an in-depth article which has thought me a lot! I will be bookmarking this so that I can always refer back whenever I need. Thank you for this and keep up the good work! 

  2. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you like animals. I’ve been raising cats, my favorites, for a lifetime, and I’m learning something new about them. I’m also glad you used my post.

  3. The language of the tail in cats has always been an interesting topic to me. Tails can move quickly or slowly. I understand that a flicking or lashing tail signals that the cat is agitated. Whereas a slowly waving tail indicates the cat
    is focused on something (for example when it’s about to pounce on a toy).

  4. Hi Carmen. Thank you for great post! I absolutely love my cats and I would do anything for them but to be fair sometimes I have an impression that they are better in reading my thoughts then other way around. I notices some behaviors you described but there is also lot new things for me. I think I will be watching my cats with this article open and hopefully I will learn something new about them.

  5. Thank you for your comment. The way the cat holds its tail or moves can express a lot about the cat’s mood. But there are also other signals: the way he looks at you, the way he holds or moves his ears, the posture of his body.

  6. Thank you for your comment. Of course, cats read our thoughts better than we read theirs. But above all I feel much better the emotional state we have. With patience, we can better decipher their emotional state.

  7. Hi Carmen
    Thanks for sharing the Useful information on understanding cat thoughts. I think body language is the key here. If we closely look at their actions we can understand some of their thoughts quite naturally. I liked the tail story beautiful explained with 12 figures .I was knowing only few tail expressions but now I am more educated .thanks for your kind article for pet lovers .
    Thanks and regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

  8. I’ve been thinking of getting a kitty but, not sure when I will be able to. The only experience that I have with a cat is where a neighborhood cat found my backyard as her home. I ended up feeding her not knowing that she was pregnant. She gave birth, left my backyard, and showed back up several more times to deliver several more litters. 

    So, from that experience I learned that cars are pretty smart. I guess they revisit where they feel safe. And a mama cat can give birth quit frequently.  

    Either way, your website has taught me a lot about cats. Well, I definitely understand that every living things in life expresses itself in some sort of way but, I never thought about all the ways that they could express their selves. 

    My daughter wants to be a veterinary so she would love reading your articles as well. I will definitely share this. Either way, I have seen some of the body language that you have covered within this reading your cats thoughts article.  

  9. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found out new things from my article (about tail movements). I enjoy helping cat lovers, advising them on what I’ve learned over 35 years since I raised cats.

  10. Thank you for your comment. Oh, I’m glad your daughter wants to be a vet. It means he loves animals a lot. My daughter is in the third year of veterinary medicine. She first studied economics, but the love of animals prevailed.

  11. Honestly just the title of this article really intrigued to me and peaked my attention. I can see how interesting the facts that you have placed on this article are regarding how or are we reading our cats minds. I really think that this has been very interesting to read because I have two kitties and I would love to know what they’re telling me some times ha ha

  12. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad to hear you have two cats. From now on you will better understand what they want to tell you. Or simply what they want.

  13. It seems some cats are more catlike and some more humanlike. I think my cat is more humanlike but still catlike because he is a cat, after all. I also think I can often tell what he’s thinking by intuition. However, knowing cat body language is certainly helpful to maybe understand further and to confirm how your cat really thinks and feels. This article mentions various nuances in movement and meaning. I found the ears especially interesting.

  14. Thank you for your comment. You are right. My cats, for example, have “humanized” themselves in the sense that they have changed the rhythm of their natural life with the human one: they sleep at night with us, without disturbing us and are active during the day. But it also depends on how you treat them.

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