Cats are clearly up to something. Seeing us as rubbish landlords or giant useless cats, these tiny lions are without a darknes of a doubt trying to take over the world so its not surprising that, in a race against time, scientists are desperately trying to work out precisely what theyre thinking.
Carlo Siracusa a clinical assistant professor and behavioral medicine expert at the University of Pennsylvanias School of Veterinary Medicine may be the one to save us all before its too late. He suggests that one of the best indicators of a cats mood is actually its tail, something that will come as no surprise to puppy owners.
Speaking to National Geographic, he reveals that a straight-up tail implies that its acting aggressively. If the tail is straight but the tip is turning into a hook-like shape, then its actually a benevolent greeting or at the least “its for” the time being. If the hooking transforms the tail into a downwards-trending curve, then that cat is probably acting defensively.
If the cat is whipping its tail around, then its nervous, on a country of high alert, and is aggressive enough to warrant staying away. Normally this behavior is accompanied by long, drawn-out mewing. If the cat is asleep and doing this, then the cats likely dreaming likely about hunting down some prey.
If the tail is puffed out and arched back, then the cat is likely fearful of something nearby. In fact, almost all the tail stances are related to fear or aggressivenes; apart from the small hooked-tip variant, the only other passive kind is when the tail is low and somewhat motionless, which is the sign of a rather chilled out kitty.
Siracusa also explains that when a cat suddenly bolts off somewhere, even though it is it was relatively calm beforehand, its because it is needing to release a lot of pent-up emotional energy, likely either frustration or fear.
Cats are crepuscular, which means they are most active at dawn and nightfall, due to somewhat of a misfiring of their hunting instincts. Consequently, they tend to get the zoomies at these times. For the rest of their generally lazy day, they look at the humans around them with utter contempt.
A recent analyze revealed that cats also have at least three major facial expressions. Unsurprisingly, these are relaxed engagement, anxiety, and frustration. This implies that two-thirds of their emoting is driven by negativity.
And yet, despite the fact that cats are clearly Nietzsche-inspired fluff balls full of indignation, frustration, and hatred, we love them anyway. More fool us, really.
[ H/ T: National Geographic]