Is My Cat Happy? Look for 8 Signs

Is My Cat Happy? Look for 8 Signs

What could be more relaxing than the sound of a cat purring? We all want our cats to be happy, and purring is a great sign of contentment. But cats are fickle creatures, and it's this lively and unpredictable interactivity that makes cats so special. So how do you know if your cat is happy? We can simply break it down into eating, purring, and loving, but body language, posture, and facial expressions can reveal much more deeply about how your cat is feeling in every moment. Read on to learn everything you need to know about reading your cat's cues.

1.Is your cat healthy?

Regular routine check-ups with your veterinarian cat can help ensure your cat is healthy and happy. We tend to be short-tempered when we are not feeling well. Cats are no exception. Physical discomfort can also negatively impact their mental health. Any unchecked ailment like digestive issues, allergies or arthritis can inhibit their happiness. If your cat has been unhappy, see a veterinarian.

2.Good appetite

Kittens with good appetites are happy cats. Your cat will show a passion for food by rubbing and meowing on your lap until you reach their food bowl. If your cat makes it clear when he wants treats and clearly enjoys the food, this is a good sign that your cat is doing well. But mind if your cat has a too good appetite, it probably feel lonely, bored or depressed.

3.Lots of grunts

Purring is a cat's primary way of expressing satisfaction, comfort, and love. Holding a purring cat is such a relaxing feeling for us that some even say it's therapeutic. However, it is known to have healing powers for your cat. If the cat purring occurs at unusual times, they might be comforting themselves. This could be a sign of pain or injury. Get professional advice if your kitten seems to be purring for no apparent reason.

4.Your cat likes to play

One of the best indicators of cat satisfaction is participation in games. Older cats may not be as active as younger cats, but they should still show a spark of interest when offered a favorite (or new) toy to play with. A happy cat is keen on having fun.

5.Is your cat relaxed?

Generally speaking, a relaxed cat tends to be free from anxiety, stress and fear. The way a cat sits or lays down is a clear indication of its level of contentment. An unhappy cat will not be comfortable with you or rest near you. A relaxed cat will sit under the body with its paws and eyes half-closed. Happy cats have eyes half closed because they feel safe. A cat lying on its back with its legs raised is also a good sign. Relaxed cats don't seem to be frightened by sudden sounds or movements, and they appear calm overall.

6.Vocalize and chirp

Happy cats talk a lot. While we all know cats meow, they make a variety of sounds to communicate with us, whether it's asking for food, comfort, or asking to be outside. They also make very specific sounds when they're happy and content, like they're responding to you. The quality of the meow is important; the high pitched sound is better, as lower pitch growl may indicate frustration or unmet need.

7.Rubbing and Head Butting

Cats rub on you to mark their territory. Rubbing shows that you are your cat's property and it wants to keep it that way. Cats that butt their heads on you are usually a sign that they like your company and want more.

8.Is your cat friendly?

Happy cats generally interact positively with their owners and those around them. However, all cats are unique. Your cat’s indifference doesn't mean it's necessarily unhappy. Many cats find less social interaction more comfortable. Note any major changes in cat behavior.