Have you ever wondered what’s going on in your cat’s head? When they're rubbing up against you, this can be a sign of affection - but it's also how they scent-mark their territory. It can be fun trying to work out if your cat is being playful, loving or is just showing off. But taking the time to recognise what all their weird and wonderful behaviours mean can create a stronger bond between the two of you in the long run.
Rubbing against your legs or furniture
This is my home, and I scent things to find my way around.
Showing you its behind
Don't be offended, I'm just being friendly. We cats say hello to each other by sniffing tails, just like dogs.
I'm pleased to see you. If you hold out your hand, I might give it a bump to say hello (or a sniff if I'm shy).
Slow closing of eyes/blinking
You're getting a kiss. If you copy me, I might just do it again. If I'm in the mood.
Ears upright, sitting
up and alert
I'm listening intently. Was it a bird or a mouse? I'm not sure, but I'm off to find out.
Cat in a box/bag
This might look silly to you, but it makes me feel safe; I can see you, but you can't see me!
I've brought you a mouse to try and teach you how to hunt. See what a good hunter I am.
It's your turn now.