We all want content pet cats. Because they are worried “cat parents,” people want happy cats, yet they constantly wonder if their cat is content.
Even though each cat is unique and, like people, may exhibit happiness in a variety of ways, there are a few very general happy cat indicators. There are many signs that your cat is content that you can look for.
When cats are happy, they may even “talk.” Vocal kittens have extended conversations with you and fill you in on everything. Lower-pitched sounds can occasionally be a little annoyed and more demanding, whereas higher-pitched sounds are often “happy”. When content, quiet cats may be silent, whereas when dissatisfied, they may vocalize more. Confusion, yes. Even if they aren’t always happy sounds, purrs usually denote feline contentment or even euphoria. Cat chortles and trills, as well as the common “prrrrupttt!” sound that many cats produce, are excellent indicators of feline contentment. But people appreciate their strange cats for precisely that reason!
Cats’ eyes, ears, fur, and bodies can all be positioned to reflect happiness or distress. When a cat is relaxed and pleased, it may lie down with its front paws tucked under, its ears forward, and possibly its eyelids at half-mast. When you look at her from across the room, she gives you a happy cat wink. When a food bowl is full, for example, sudden eye dilating may signal arousal-happiness, but it can also signal arousal-distress. With their tail relaxed, content cats keep their whiskers slightly forward and smooth fur. A happy, engaged cat will stand with its tail straight up and only cocked at the tip to say “howdy” to people and other animals whom it considers pals.
Interested and assured
A content cat shows curiosity about its surroundings. The “supervising cat” that has a paw in everything new in the house could be to blame. Or it might just stand back and observe serenely. The happy cat responds cautiously rather than fearfully, although many cats have a built-in stranger danger default. The highest happiness quotient belongs to confident kittens.
Healthy, well-adjusted kittens play endlessly and are simply content with being joyful. Playing is a great sign that someone is happy. Enjoyment activity naturally declines as cats get older and mature, but it frequently persists at some level. Play can take many forms, from boisterous races and cat wrestling matches to calm paw-patting of features (or your leg or face for attention). Cats enjoy playing with other animals (and people) that they know and like.
Cats may sleep more when they are ill or unhappy, but where they like to sleep might be a sign of contentment. A happy relationship with the chosen nap-buddies is shown by the cat’s desire to sleep with other cats. Rejoice if your cat decides to share your bed with you! That indicates that Kitty has faith in you—after all, mistrust produces sadness.
Cats who are happy maintain their appearance. When your cat looks nice, that’s a good indicator because poor grooming is actually a sign of discontent, illness, or injury. As with mutual napping, grooming other cats or licking the owner demonstrates trust and a positive relationship. In a loving relationship, cats may groom one another. But since each cat is unique, not every cat feels the need to brush other cats.
Cats that are content eat well. Oh, they might con owners into giving them special gifts or food. However, in many respects, this kind of manipulation merely demonstrates how dedicated many cats are to fostering their happiness.