animated russian blue cat

How to Read Your Cat’s Body Language

You don’t have to speak "cat" for a deeper bond.

Follow along for tips to better understand your cat right meow.

animated russian blue cat 

“Oh, hello there.”

Ears pricked up, body open, head tilted. Often spotted at the sound of the SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ package opening — snap! That’s cat behavior for “You’ve got my attention.”

russian blue standing 

“You’re my person.”

When your cat stares at you with a slow blink, they’re telling you how comfortable they are and how deep your bond runs. Translation? “I’m into you.”

russian blue laying down on back 

“I’m rewarding you with my trust.”

A cat on their back is relaxed and trusting. It’s not necessarily an invitation for a belly rub, though, so use your instincts to discern whether your feline wants further advances.

russian blue pawing 

“Okay, let’s play.”

Being postured up on their back legs is a sign they’re ready to play. Learn how to play with your cat to deepen your connection.

russian blue proceeding with caution 

“I’m proceeding with caution.”

A straight, flicking tail coupled with a tense body can mean your cat has heard something concerning. Catch up on cat tail language for more ideas to decipher your cat’s mood.

russian blue cat cowering 

“I’m not so sure ...”

When your cat curls in a ball, they are anxious and trying to get into a less exposed and vulnerable position. The anxiety will probably pass, but if the behavior continues, you should contact your vet.

russian blue cat by bowl 

“Feed me!”

One message your cat won’t let you miss is when they’re ready to eat. When they sit in a still position, often by their bowl, and make direct eye contact, you know they’re ready for mealtime.

russian blue cat with eyes closed 

“Feline fine.”

The perfect moment: Your cat is satisfied, relaxed and pleased to be around you. After dining on a SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ meal, it’s time for them to relax with their favorite person.