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Cat communication

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Jenna Kiddie

Sarah Ellis


Cat communication

Despite their popularity as companion animals and their long association with people, cats are often misunderstood. Domestic cats evolved from a small, solitary and territorial predator (the African wildcat) that rarely met other cats and therefore did not need to develop a complex visual communication system, such as dogs and humans. This difference in social behaviour can sometimes be confusing for owners. However, cats do communicate their feelings and intentions with each other and with us, using a variety of different ways, including visual, tactile and vocal signals.

Visual signalling

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Tail positions and movements

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Tactile communication

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Vocal communication

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Understanding cat communication

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