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Is Your Cat Talking To You? – Simon’s Cat | LOGIC #10


Hello I’m Simon, welcome to Simon’s Cat
Logic, we’ll be finding out from a cat expert why cats behave the way they do,
today we’re going to look at ‘Body Language’ Well I’ve created this big fat
lovable cat who of course can’t talk so if I want to show an emotional how he’s
feeling I have to do it through body language and cats are fantastic at body
language and so it make some fantastic for animation so you can look at a picture
of a cat or an animation of a cat and understand exactly what that cat’s
feeling without using any words, so to draw an angry cat I’d start with two angry
looking eyes and then it’s ears would be back give him some little ruffled fur, because he’s really not really not happy at all sitting on his haunches a bit, waggling
his tail, he’s not very happy at all well Simon’s Cat is such a simple design,
he’s basically like a big fat bean really, he hasn’t really got any whiskers or
anything, so there’s not a lot to work with by just doing a few little simple body
language things like having a little tilted ear or a slightly puffed up tail
but I can get over a lot of motion in the drawing with Simon’s Cat there’s no
talking it’s all about body language cat body language is an area that’s
absolutely fascinating however cats are really subtle as a
species much more so than social species like ourselves and dogs and therefore it
means they can be quite difficult to really read as to how they’re feeling
what’s important is to look at facial expression and body language
particularly in the context so we can understand what’s going on, so if we look
at Nigel here he’s looking rather relaxed [Why do cats show their bellies?] what it means when a cat shows
their belly, it is actually a greeting behaviour this is because they’re showing the most vulnerable part of their tummy and it’s a sign of trust one of the things
that many people mistake when their cat rolls over and shows their tummy is that
they think it’s an invitation to have it touched, now unfortunately most cats don’t actually like their tummies being
touched and they may find they get grabbed or bitten by the cat [Tell Tails] cats can use their tails to express a variety of different emotions for example if the
tip of the tail is slowly moving and flicking like this it can mean they’re
agitated or something’s irritated them if the tail is moving from slowly side
to side and particularly if it’s at mid height this can indicate this feeling
indecisive if a cat is having its tail up high like this, but also curved at the
tip it can be a greeting behaviour you’ll see this both from cats towards other
cats but also cats will greet people like this two cats can also express
themselves using their ears position cats that are feeling nice and relaxed will
have her ears facing towards in a relaxed posture if we look at Nigel his
ears are quite alert and he’s listening in to his surroundings and like I say he’s
definitely very aware of what’s going on when cats are actually scared they will
move their ears both to the side and sometimes back if they put their ears
completely flat back on their head this is not only indication that they feel
extremely threatened but also that they are trying to protect their ears from
injury [Look into my eyes] There are lots of different ways in which cats can use their eyes to show different types of emotions from slow blinking to
having dilated pupils and also whether their eyes are half closed or actually
in the squinty position slow blinking where a cat slowly opens and close their eyes so a slow blink like this and it’s a sign that they’re feeling relaxed and
calm in the person’s presence they also do it towards other cats what’s really
exciting is if you slow blink a cat or so slowly opening and closing your eyes
and seeing if they do it back cats which are feeling stressed or insecure or
nervous will often have dilated pupils this is to gain as much information about
their environment as possible however cats may also have dilated pupils if
they are excited or they’re in hunting mode for example if you notice your cat
has dilated pupils it’s important to take its body language as well as a
context into account to figure out how your cat is feeling if the cat is
resting or feeling relaxed they often have their eyes half closed however this
are very subtly different to if the cat is in pain where they’ll have more of a
sort of squinty eye posture if you’re concerned that your cat may well be in
pain we’d recommend taking them to the vet for a health check, so by taking into
account facial expression, body posture and the context we can really start to
understand cat behavior and have a much more positive relationship with our cat,
well I think a lot of the charm of Simon’s cat comes from all the realistic
sort of body language and the little nuances and mannerisms that the cat does
that I’ve kind of learnt from having lots of cats all my life but occasionally
I tend to push push it a little bit and have him do things like ‘meow’ point to
his mouth when he’s hungry and pick up a baseball bat and I think that really
brings out the humour of Simon’s cat because that’s what cats would do if
they could I think

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