5 Signs Your Cat Is Trying to Communicate With You

From looking you dead in the eye before swiping your glass of water off the end table to intentionally leaving poop uncovered in what can only be described as an act of rebellion, maybe you’ve resigned yourself to the fact that your cat is just plain weird.

Believe it or not, there is some sense of logical reasoning behind your kitty’s quirky antics:  cheapest cat insurance

5. I look at you and I see a useless cat

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According to anthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw, author of the fascinating new book Cat Sense, cats view humans as large, useless cats, not another species, and thus will treat you as such. They want to help feed you and bathe you because your cat skills are frightfully inadequate. (Plus, they love you and want to take care of you and they show you that by bringing you dead animals sometimes.)

4. I’m meowing at you, human

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Kittens meow for their mother’s attention, but adult cats rarely use meows to communicate with other cats—which means if your cat is meowing, pay attention. He’s trying to tell you something.

3. I’m better indoors

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Cats are historically wild, outdoor animals, but with domestication and industrialization, cats are much safer indoors. As caretakers, our charge is to provide the stimulation our cats would get in the outdoors, but in a safe environment.

2. I need mostly meat

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Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need have to have meat in their daily diet. They require more protein and far fewer carbohydrates than omnivores. Our domesticated cats’ wild predecessors got most of their grains and carbohydrates from the digestive systems of the animals they ate.

1. Just because I am purring doesn’t mean I’m happy

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Purring can signify contentedness, but it can also mean your cat is in pain, nervous or is just trying to manipulate you into feeding him. Kelly Morgan, DVM, clinical instructor at the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine in Chicago, likens it to smiling. People smile when they’re happy, but also when they’re uncomfortable or when they want something. Likewise, purring can indicate a variety of internal states.