Signs That A Cat Is Happy

Cats can be pretty moody creatures. It can be difficult to tell when a cat is happy or unhappy. Cats are good at hiding their feelings from us humans which is why we could use some advice on how to tell when a cat is happy.

It might sound strange, but it’s true — your cat’s mood really does change based on the food you give him or her. Maybe you’ve noticed this, or maybe this is a new concept to you. Either way, there are several signs that your cat is a happy kitty, and I’ll share them with you here.

Cats are a mysterious species. They spend most of their time hiding in the shadows, and they can be hard to read. But there are some signs that can help you figure out if your cat is happy.

If your cat is purring, it’s happy. If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t hear your cat purring, try using an app like Cat Scan to listen for it!

If your cat is sitting in front of the window, looking outside, it’s happy. Cats love to watch things happen outside—they’re very curious about the world around them! If you see your cat doing this and also purring, it’s a good indicator that they are content with their surroundings and life in general.

If your cat is sleeping on its favorite blanket or pillow while curled up into a ball and facing toward you, it’s happy. Cats are known for being independent creatures who don’t need constant companionship like dogs do; however, they do enjoy being around people they trust (like YOU!). This means that if your cat has decided to sleep near you—even just once—it means they feel safe with you and have chosen to trust you as one of their own kind

Cats are known for being mysterious, but if you know what to look for, you can tell when your cat is happy. Here are some signs that your cat is happy:

  1. Tail up
  2. Playful movements (pouncing, rolling around)
  3. Purring
  4. Curling up next to you

Signs That A Cat Is Happy

Let’s face it, cats are complicated and fussy creatures. Their sassy quirks are part of the reason we love them so much. Sometimes it’s easy to tell when our cats are happy, but sometimes the clues are very subtle and you may miss them if you don’t know exactly what to look for.



1. Purring and other vocalizations
Purring is the most classic and well known sign of a happy cat. Behaviorists believe purring is your cat’s way of saying “all is well”.

Of course, some cats purr for other reasons as well. Older cats have been known to purr when they are approaching other cats to signal that they are friendly. Cats in stressful situations may purr too, as a form of self-soothing.

In addition to purrs, listen for high pitched meows, chirps, and gurgles.


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2. Kneading or “making biscuits”
Kneading is such a common behavior pattern in cats that there’s a whole list of cutsie names for it. In your home you may call it making biscuits, mashing potatoes, or playing the piano. Some people simply call it free acupuncture. Whatever you call it, there’s no mistaking the bliss of a kneading cat.

Cats associate the kneading motion to the comfort of nursing and do it when they feel content and safe. It’s often mixed with other happy signs, like purring or half-closed eyes.


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3. Tail signals
Since tails are able to move in so many different ways, they make a great resource for cats who are trying to convey their mood to humans and fellow animals. This, of course, only works if we know what to look for. So what are the happy tail signals?

If your cat is holding her tail high up in the air it shows that she’s happy and confident in her environment. The tip of her tail can tell you a lot too. If the tip is twitching it means she is exceptionally happy to see you.


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4. The slow blink
For cats, closing their eyes in the presence of another creature is a sign of trust. When your cat blinks slowly at you or looks at you with half-closed eyes it’s a sign of trust and affection. If you trust and love her too, try slow blinking back at her.


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5. Rubbing or head butting
It’s a sweet greeting when your cat rubs against your legs while you cook dinner, but it’s not quite that simple. Cats have scent glands located on their heads, lips, chins, and tails (amongst other places) and they use these glands to mark surfaces, people, and animals that they’ve deemed to be safe.


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6. Ear signals
Look for ears that stand straight up, which indicate an alert and interested cat. If her ears are positioned slightly forward it means she’s feeling happy and playful.


7. Other body language
An arched back indicates a happy cat, as long as her fur is lying flat against her back rather than standing up. It can be a sign of happiness and comfort if she’s lying on her back and exposing her belly to you too, as long as she is displaying other happy signals like purring or half-closed eyes.

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