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6 Things Your Cat is Saying to You


Talking about a little
miscommunication, I want to go over some real
basic cat body language that you probably
said, oh he means this. And it is completely
in left field. The first one,
Halloween cat, right? You’ve seen it before. Cat with arched back, tail up in
the air, and making themselves totally puffed up. And we interpret
that as aggression. In reality what it is, is
pretty much the opposite. It’s fear. The cat will blow
up, sort of tough, in order to make themselves
appear bigger, because they’re afraid of something
that just happened. The second one, the old, cat
laying on his or her back, right? Now, when you see your dog
lay on his or her back, you go in for the tummy rub. Those of you who have reached
in to rub your cat’s belly, you get bit or scratched. I call this the cat hug,
because what they’re doing is exposing the most
vulnerable part of themselves, their midline. If you are facing a
potential predator, this is that place that you
do not want exposed, right? When a human hugs
another human, we are exposing our midline
to that other person. It is a mutual show of
risk-taking and emotional trust. Cats do the same thing
by showing you that. That does not mean, come
on in for a belly rub. Now let’s talk about the
big one, the wagging tail. Folks are looking at their cat
through dog-colored glasses and are saying, this
means my cat is happy. As a matter of fact, they are
usually saying the opposite. Now, cats will start
to get worked up, start to get a little agitated
to static in the environment by absorbing that energy. It’s almost like it
comes in this way, and then it gets
stuck in the tail. And then, how am I suppose to
get this energy out of my body, you know? And then, it starts
getting worse, right? And then by the time
they are ready to pounce on you or anybody, or
explode with their staticky frustration, it is like this. We talked in the past
about the miscommunication that is inherent with cat
overstimulation aggression. So that is, you’re sitting
there petting the cat– pet, pet, pet, pet, pet. Suddenly, chomp. You get bit. The other one we talked about a
little bit was play aggression. Your ankles get
attacked, but why? Because your cat wants to
play and is not getting that play attention. We’ve even talked about how
your cat can pee on the couch, for instance. You’re like, why do you hate me? An insecure cat will
pee on something to mingle their scent
with yours, as if to say, you and me, buddy,
we’re compadres, right? So whether it is Halloween
cat, whether it is the cat hug –the belly rub that
we go in for, which we shouldn’t– whether it is
the play aggression attack, the overstimulation
aggression attack, whether it is the wagging tail,
these are all ways that we can take off the
dog-colored glasses, take off the
human-colored glasses. Look at your cat through
cat-colored glasses, their motivations, what
their reality is, and you’ll spend a lot less time
misconstruing, getting angry, projecting, doing
all those dangerous things that we tend to do more
with cats than dogs for sure, but pretty
much anybody else. So that’s it for today, folks. You can find me where you
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like for instance, the Google Hangout that is coming
up very soon now. We’re going to be talking,
more specifically than not, about litter box issues. But you know me, we’re going
to go all over the map. All right folks,
until the next time we speak, all light, all
love, all mojo to you. Love you. THEME SONG: You’re a bad cat. I’m not a bad cat. You’re a bad cat. I’m not a bad cat. You’re a bad cat. I’m just misunderstood. Meow.

100 Replies to “6 Things Your Cat is Saying to You”

  • Excellent explanation thank you !! Cats have a completely different nervous system ! They are not digs not should they be interpreted as such They are loving and warm animals that gave their own genetic qualities !! I love them !!!

  • You can actually teach your cat to let you love their tummies. It takes time and patience but it'll work so long as you have a good relationship with your cat and your cat likes physical affection. You do the sandwich technique. Good, bad, good. Love on them in their favorite way/spot for a few minutes, then if you have access to the tum-tum…pet it once or twice while still loving on the baby with the other hand, then immediately remove your hand from the tummy and go back to the loving that baby likes best. Do this several times a day, increase tummy-love time by .5 – 1 second once every few days. Slow and steady wins the race here.

  • Cats are misunderstood. A good cat is subservient like a dog. A bad cat gets shot in the head or most often turned out to fend nature. Last bad cat I had was a mama that whipped the crap out of the kittens for food and she got turned out. The kittens are happily enjoying 3,000 sq ft of play land.

  • The moment I saw this guy I thought, "He looks like the type to claim he knows all about the "energy" or "soul" of cats". Sure enough cat tails are static energy conductors

  • My cat pee's in the Toilet and shits in the litter box. She can shit too in the toilet but prefers not too, its too difficult to balance and release nuggets at the same time.

  • My cat but me the very first time I tried to touch his belly.. we had just met, he was a shelter boy. When I brought him home he attacked me for NO reason.. I think he was just scared bc he was new. Then, the other day, I yelled at him to get outta my way cuz I was going rather quickly carrying something heavy through the house, no contact or anything, just to move outta the way and he literally followed me and attacked my ankle from the back. Am I buggin or is this a thing? Is this his purrsonality?? He was also very sick when I brought him home. I had to nurse him back to health. He's good now but his aloofness is what drew me to him in the first place. First thing he did in the shelter was walk up to me, climb up my leg a little to head butt me.. and then proceeded to lay on his back and expose his underside. . That's when he bit me for touching it. I've heard of cattitude but I do NOT want to live afraid of a cat.. how can I calm him and assure him that he has nothing to fear but also, that I am the boss?? He is a huuuuge black cat.. his name? Toothless.. he IS a dragon cat lol

  • My cat loves butt smacks lightly and he gets hyper! I think it’s the static electricity but he loves to play

  • I don't know about the tail thing, since my cat has always been a bit of a tail-swinger, even when she otherwise looks pretty "mojo"-y and she's gotten her energy out just recently from playtime and such. I think there's definitely that angry tail swing– the "THWAP!" that cats do when they're overstimulated– but I think there's a big range of totally healthy cat tail behaviors, too.

  • I need to take cat behavior 101. We've always been a dog family and I need to see more videos like this one. Thanks for all you do!

  • I am attempting to enter an unneutered male, about 1 year old into my home with 2 elder cats (1 male 6 years, 1 female 6 years). I am keeping them separated for the most part. When they are near each other, only hissing, no attacks, but the newbie does like antagonizing them. After a neuter, will they get along?

  • My cat comes up and wants to be patted and is purring and her tail is always wagging so like I’m confused

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  • When it comes to belly rubs with my cat it depends on her mood, she does occasionally lover her belly to be rubbed and she actually falls asleep because of it

  • I have 2 cats that do the belly thing. When Trixie goes belly up, I rest my hand on her chest and massage her arm pits with my fingers. She doesn't always like her belly rubbed but will fall asleep purring during her arm pit massage. Alice, on the other hand, will run ahead of me and throw herself on the floor, belly up and head back so she can't even see me. So trusting! For her, I'll pet her cheek or from her nose to the top of her head. She'll then hold my hand between her paws and lick my fingers. Oftentimes she mouths one finger, holding in her mouth and rubbing it back and forth. There's nothing aggressive about it, she's very gentle and purrs loudly then goes back to licking again. This is the second cat I've had to do this and both were/are very attached to me so I think it's an unusual way of showing love…anyone else have a cat that does that? Anyway, thank you Jackson for posting these videos and for all of the amazing work you do. You're the guardian angel for misunderstood cats everywhere! πŸ˜‡

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  • I just got my self a cat yesterday and she's already getting along with me. Wish me luck for ahead of time

  • Our cat will expose his belly to my husband and allow him to rub his belly. I wonder if the purring has been addressed. It doesn’t always mean β€œhappy” folks. πŸ™‚

  • My cat also love to have his belly rubbed and get upset if you don't he will come lay right on you and flip over to his back and force me to rub his belly he is my baby

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  • I am sixty years old. I have had cats all my life. Not one of them ever showed aggression for me belly rubbing them

  • Please help! My cat pees on my couch! She did it once on my bed and is now banned from my room. I am covering the couches with plastic sheets, using litter she approves of. Sometimes though, she goes on the couch if she catches it before we had a chance to cover it again. She likes us I think just insecure. Are there some solutions to just train her out of this so that we don't have to have plastic sheets on our furniture? We hate it!!! We are even thinking of taking her back to the shelter.

  • This is the 2nd time I've heard this guy and he really makes up a lot of crap about cats, the belly rub is really great for the vast majority of tame cats if you don't startle them or wake them up with it. I wouldn't like that either. You also need to be aware of your fingernails scratching their nipples. The key is being sensitive to this powerful being. Sometimes they'll wrap their paws around your arm, because they want to play.

    The tail wagging means a lot of different things, a response to you talking to them – the end bends gently, they talk to each other that way too, or they want to wrestle with each other, when half laying a high up then thump down means (I think) they're alert and all is good, when they see a bird it's a different kind of fast flicking movement, etc.

    Ugh, at 2:03 he gets the cat owner to bug the cat, then he does the same and is surprised the cat is pissed and he doesn't back off! I bet that lady paid him lots to assess her cat.

    Jeeze! I don't think cat's pee on the furniture to mingle their scent, dogs maybe, but definitely not cats. I don't know about un-neutered cats though. But cats are clean and don't want to lounge around their own urine! The only time my cats have urinated on my furniture in 40 years is when I didn't realize one of my cats had terrible bladder stones. He was in terrible pain and I had not seen that before. He was letting me know their was something terribly wrong by urinating in the middle of my bed – luckily I always use a water proof mattress cover, so new sheets were no prob.

  • uwu my cat likes plain spaghetti is this ok..? Somebodyyy help me she is weird ( owo) but floofy and tiny and gorgeous but she attack everyone except me I am the only one she trust how can I stop her from scratching my friends and family ;-;

  • My long time friend Mr. Kitty sprayed his pee on the one thing I used the most as a kid my Ps2 controller. Being a kid I was very upset since the controller didn’t work and I had no money to get a new one. What could a kid do? I returned the favor by pissing on his cat treehouse, he never returned to it after my revenge. But after watching this video I now know that he loved me and wanted to show it with pee. Considering that he didn’t touch the cat tree no more meant it was a sign of our friendship, he wanted to keep it as is like a monument of love. Cats have weird customs.

  • I adopted an 11 year old rescue and brought her into our home with our 20 year old. Both Calicos, so female, spayed, declawed. All they do is hiss at each other..thankfully no attacks. Have kept them separate but they are free to roam snd when they meet it is a hiss-fest. How can i work it so eventually thru will become friends? They are INDOOR ONLY kitties.. Advice??

  • New cat question: So I just adopted a little 15 week fur bundle recently. Luiz is super adjusted to the environment, loves play time, lets me pet him quite happily (sometime rubbing himself on me until I do) and always snuggles up for naps. As a new cat owner though, sometimes I worry. He meows at me once in a while (usually when I leave the room and come back), but stops after a while. Is this just him being playful? How do I know if it's not him trying to tell me something else? It's usually a few high pitched meows but some of them last a few seconds. He also does that weird cat throat sniffle at the end of each one. If anyone can help me understand this guy that'd be super.

    Thank you for the great videos btw! They've been super helpful in getting a new pet owner more comfortable with his little baby.

  • My cat's tail wags alot when he lays down, closed eyes and purring. He is a cat that always has his tail up and sway, he's very talkative and chill. NEVER seen him act out frustrated No aggression.

  • My kitting keeps making this little hisses or like couch’s when I hold him and it’s eyes aren’t even open yet

  • my cat purrs even when swishing her tail around…. purrrrrrrrrr so I suppose all cats are different just like people…… I have the most loving little being cat person there is! she has never had anything but sweetness in her life i blink her…. she sleeps with me and come for cuddles and petting many times a day…..we just love each one another!

  • My nieces cat is overly affectionate, she needs constant attention. I never seen this in a cat before. I don't mind it , but sheesh give me breathing room… Lol

  • I’m a dog owner but in the future I wanna have my own cat. I used to live with a kitten so I have somewhat experience with a cat already.

    Something I like to compare dogs too is children. They’re pets that need attention and companionship with u constantly.

    I know cats aren’t like this and are much more independent which is what I love!
    I would like to get a better understanding of them and their nature if anyone would be willing to help out.

  • I saw a cat puff up (back when before I gave my dog away and that is why it was puffing up it saw my dog)

  • I think the belly in the air communication (other than saying they feel confident) depends on the cat. We have a senior long-hair cat who likes to sleep belly-up. It seems to me she does this when she's too hot under all of that fluff and she is making breaks in her fuzz to let the heat radiate out. She might also welcome the type of touch that includes removing a bit of the itchy stuff in hot weather. But since this is easy for her to reach, she's more likely to roll over and "say" "Can you do my back, please?" It is more of a mystery why she will sometimes vigorously wave her belly in the air, but since she usually does this on a rug, she may actually be trying to scratch her back. It does look very comical. Our short-haired kitten, however, will hit the floor and raise her feet when she's been running around but still wants to play. Anything you waive in the direction of her belly will be playfully attacked with all four feet. Often I use the rod part of the toy we are playing with, which she enjoys chewing on or bunny-kicking or whatever. All safe and fun.

  • Help my cat is running through the house spinning around trying to bite her tail hissing growling and spitting right out of the blue it starts just with her back around her hip area twitching and then she starts this crap it’s getting worse My fear is it may be a medical problem please help if you think you know
    Ps She’s definitely not playing

  • I think the belly thing depends on the cat. It is true with my youngest cat, if I try to pet her while she is exposing her belly I will get a swat. However, with my oldest cat it is an invitation to pet her belly. Besides watching the tail to determine a cat's mood their ears are another indicator. If the ears are facing forward you are ok but if the ears are pressing down and pointed towards the side in a what I call "airplane ears" your cat is not happy.

  • When my cat is feeling playful (that's 90% of the time) and I try to pet him, he dramatically swoons to the ground and exposes his belly. When I try to rub it, he grabs my hand and play-bites it (and tries to gut it with his hind legs, as you do) and then just starts licking it. He also always puffs his tail when I come home while purring and being super clingy. I read somewhere that it means that the cat is super happy to see me. I'll take that.

  • My cat does the Halloween cat thing when I Point at it from across the room and give it some type of command but then she comes towards me going sideways all puffed up and tail up in the air Acting like she wants to fight

  • The Belly Rub: most cats do enjoy this as it is in relation to mother and baby, mothers will lick the babys belly to stimulate the stomach and intestines helping them to excreat, I seen the mother put them in a head lock with them screaming so that she can do her job.

  • WOW!!! Some great info on cat emotions there, i bet since this was made there is a lot more happier cat families out there…So many things that are misunderstood with cats…Amazing!

  • My cat bites my legs and arms, not hard, but enough to get my attention, right as I'm getting out of the shower. Anyone know why this is??

  • My cat used to throw himself on the ground and roll around on his back, WANTING his tummy rubbed. I also had a cat that followed me everywhere and played fetch like a dog, with toy mice! She'd do it for an hour.

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