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Cat-speak Dictionary: Ears and Eyes
Your kitten communicates volumes with her ears and eyes. With this quick guide, you'll be able to understand what she's telling you with her most subtle cues:
A calm and alert cat's ears face forward and are held high. This is the normal position for a cat's ears.
A cat whose ears are laid back flat against her head is either very scared or very angry. Don't go near a cat whose ears are in this position.
When a cat is really calm, her ears relax too. In most cat breeds, the ears don't flop down, but your very relaxed kitten's ears may appear to be at “half staff.” You're likely to see this ear position when your kitten is sleeping or very comfortably situated in your lap.
A cat whose eyes are wide open is alert and intrigued. If her pupils are small and her eyes are moving, that means she's tracking an object of interest. On the other hand, a cat with wide-open eyes and dilated pupils is scared or overstimulated by petting or other activities.
A relaxed and happy cat usually has her eyes half-closed. Half-closed eyes are usually accompanied by purring. When a cat closes and then reopens her eyes very slowly, she's giving you a “cat kiss.” Try sending one back to her and see what happens.