|Purred: Tue Mar 17, '09 6:48am PST |
|There was a cat in my family from the time I was four or so, but she was not the affectionate sort, and I never really observed her carefully (I myself was busy growing up and going to school and things like that). But when I got my own brother/sister pair in 1986 (one died in 2001, one in 2004), I spent many hours watching them and analyzing their body language. Cat lovers love cats. Cats love cat lovers. But--and I speak as a bi-cultural person--we cannot always understand each other. One example is Harvey's predilection for eating my hair. He wants to groom me, tries to groom me, and gags because I don't have fur. This is cross-cultural stress.
And for another example...if you buy supermarket cat food, you will often see a very nice looking kitty on the bag, but with the pupils dilated. Twenty years ago, I would never have noticed this, but now I do. The kitty in question was obviously nervous during the photo shoot. Check my pages for Harvey and Chibi--they were not being abused in any way during the photo shoots, but they were nervous, and their pupils are dilated. I have finally come to "see" this kind of cat body language.
Cats communicate their emotions through their eyes, their ears, their tails, and through licking, etc. So, Catsters, how good have you gotten about interpreting cat body language?
Edited by author Tue Mar 17, '09 6:59am PST
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