What the Body Language of 8 Pets Is Telling You

Animals communicate with each other with the help of their bodies just like we do. And there are certain postures and body signals that let animals show us their emotions and intentions — like a dog that suddenly changes the position of its tail, a hamster that stands on its hind paws, or a parrot that pushes one wing to the side.

We studied some of the behavior of the most popular domestic animals. And we hope that this will help you better understand your pet and avoid possible problems and misunderstandings.

1. A dog

What the Body Language of 8 Pets Is Telling You

  • Happiness

A curved, wagging tail means that a dog is ready to play and is in a good mood. A dog can tilt its head to the side while trying to listen, waiting for a reward.

  • Aggression

The ears are kept forward and upright. The head in this upright position also can indicate aggression or a desire to show dominance.

  • Anxiety

A straight, horizontal tail shows that a dog noticed something and is trying to understand if it’s a danger or nothing to worry about.

2. A cat

What the Body Language of 8 Pets Is Telling You

  • Happiness

A calm cat keeps its ears in a relaxed, calm position. If a cat squints or keeps its eyes half-closed, it means that it trusts you and feels safe. When a cat raises its tail, it may mean that it’s happy and friendly.

  • Fear

A tail lowered between the paws is a sign of fright and fear. Rounded eyes signal its anxiety. And if a cat quickly moves its ears, then this may mean it’s alert.

  • Aggression

A cat can challenge you if it stares at you without interruption. A cat can express aggression when its ears are pressed to its head. And if it sharply and nervously moves the tail up and down or left and right, this indicates its irritation or anger.

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