7 Signs Your Cat Is Happy

7 Signs Your Cat Is Happy

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Cats aren’t always the easiest to read! They have their own way of communicating with us…one we may not always understaned.

So how do you know when your cat is happy?

Cats show they’re happy with special signals.

Keep reading to discover the 7 biggest signs that your cat is happy!

1. The Chatter

You can tell alot about how a cat is feeling from vocal clues. Happy kitties talk to their owners by meowing.

In fact, adult cats meow exclusively to communicate with humans – they do not meow to communicate with other cats.

A happy cat will use a normal high pitched meow to say hello. A stressed cat will hiss or have a deep meow.

2. Purring

Humans smile, dogs wag their tails, and cats purr. Purring while a cat is close to you or getting a chin rub means he/she very content and relaxed.

DANGER ALERT: Cats may also purr when they are injured or sick in an attempt to comfort or heal themselves.

Always make sure your cat is purring in the right context. If your cat is purring in unusual circumstances, contact your vet.

3. Let the Eyes Talk

Cat eyes are very expressive. A frightened cat’s pupils will enlarge and their eyes will be wide open.

Meanwhile, a relaxed cat often looks sleepy and blinks slowly.

Eye kisses: Your cat might look at you with its eyes half open or blink slowly when it’s feeling extra happy and relaxed.

This is a sign that your cat trusts you. These slow blinks can be thought of as kitty kisses!

4. They’re Curious

A curious cat is a happy cat. It is important for cats, especially kittens, to explore their environment.

Outside cats have more opportunities for exploration, but inside cats get just as much stimulation.

They might lose interest in old toys, but they’re quick to sniff your bag, clothes, food, or new objects in the house.

5. Their Posture

Happy cats are quick to roll around and show you their belly. They might even tuck their paws in and perch on your couch.

These are signs that your cat is feeling happy and comfortable with their environment.

6. They’re Playful

Playfulness is a great sign of a healthy, happy kitty. Cats enjoy playing with other pets or people they trust.

They might even nip your leg to tell you they’re ready for playtime.

Playing is an opportunity for cats to develop physical coordination and learn more about their environment.

7. Their Nap Spots

If your cat chooses you as a cuddle buddy, they’re very happy in your company.

Cats sleep up to ⅓ of their lives – healthy cats need plenty of naps. Cats will sleep anywhere between 12-16 hours each day!

WARNING: Sleeping more than the usual amount may be a sign that your cat is depressed or injured.

Contact your vet if you notice any unusual sleep patterns.

QUESTION: What does your cat do when he/she is happy? Tell us in the comments below!

Summary: 7 Signs Your Cat is Happy

  1. Being vocal
  2. Purring
  3. Curiosity
  4. Showing their belly
  5. Playfulness
  6. Sleeping close to you
  7. Slowly blinking in your company

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25 Replies to “7 Signs Your Cat Is Happy”

  1. Love to read about various cat topics to help me with my two, to entertain me & to keep abreast of news

    1. Callie lays on her back with all 4’s showing her belly. She is not a lap cat, but when she wants to be petted she lay as close to me as she can. Also when she is laying on the couch she will purr. When she wants to be fed she talks with her eyes.

    2. I have. ALWAYS had cats. I am currently
      owned by a small, black. (F) named Pooky.
      She had always been aloof until ai became ill starting in 2015. I had several stays in a
      Hospital and each time I came home she
      would sleep on my pillow, cradling my head! This continued until September 2018. Now, she has turned into a lap cat.
      As soon as I sit down she jumps onto my lap and will stay as long as I let her.

  2. Love this site…..my job is very busy and can be stressful throughout the day….I so enjoy seeing all of this cat information and the pictures too…..it really helps me smile during my sometimes overwhelming job!


  4. I have six kitties. Oldest is 16. but the other female (age 11) likes to “Soften” things (treading/kneading) This happens especially when there is a pile of clean clothes, or transversely, a dirty shirt of my husband. She will rub all over it & “Soften” it, purring all the time. It’s really cute to watch!

  5. Fawny Dew used to rub his cheeks against mine… I figured this is a way cats mark, but he was very happy and it also made his mouth would water. When I went to bed he waited for me to call him to get under the blankets with me.

  6. My cats follow me all through the house, and make themselves comfy in whatever room I happen to be in. They sleep on my lap & one of my cats will press his nose into mine while he purrs at me. They are wonderful companions & are my furry family. ???

  7. My Sweet Pea is not a “lap” cat but she does back up and sit on thigh to be pet or curl up next to me. She likes to be touching me. Bed time is her special cuddle time. She lays as near my face possible and purrs expecting to be stroked and stroked. She’s 12+ I’ll take her as is!

  8. One of our cats had Megaesophagus when he was a foster kitten, so we adopted him and made a bailey chair so he could stand up to eat. After he finished eating, he had to be held upright for 30 minutes to help the food stay down. As sick as he was, he loved being held, and four years later, he is happiest when he sits up like a baby on my lap. He head butts me under my chin, and purrs until he decides to get down or I have to get up!

  9. My Boo likes to wash my face and nose! I don’t like it cause her tongue is so rough. She also likes to wash my hair! Don’t like that either. I guess she is just grooming me!

  10. My Boo likes to wash my face and nose. I don’t like it cause her tongue is so rough! She likes to wash my hair also. Feels funny! I guess she is just grooming me!

  11. Our cat Astrid loves to lay on her back & let’s me rub her belly! Bandit loves scratches under the chin & getting brushed! The expressions on his face looks like us when we get our back scratched! It’s hilarious! Oh! SO GOOD!

  12. My cat shows she’s happy by purring and cuddling. Now and the she insists on going into the garage. Her favorite thing to do is to get in my face and purr. She also loves to lay ON me, in bed, even if I’m on my side.

  13. I have three cats and we live in our RV full time. All three of my cats are rescues and all have different personalities. I love them all for their special traits. Bogie my male is a lap cat and very chatty, Birdie his sister is my snuggle baby, she is all black small and sleeps under my covers every night right next to me tummy, Cleo is my eldest and is a head butter and very skittish . I have the best dog Bella who puts up with all of them.She thinks she’s a cat?

  14. I have 4 cats, all rescued of coarse. One is a kitten who took over my home several months ago, she is black and named Comet. I also have another black cat named ChiChi, who I’ve had for several years. I am a part time nurse, and I have not worked in a year. I expect to return soon. ChiChi is extremely attached to me. Very affectionate, and purrs constantly. She helped Comet learn to be a cat. I’m concerned that ChiChi will be anxious and depressed when I return to work. Is there anything I can do to make it easier for her?

  15. Strangely as it sounds, when I am cuddling with my Aries baby, she’ll be purring and like looking up at me and I’ll be kissing her forehead and running my nose on her head and one hand will be running the bridge of her nose and rubbing her under her neck and she’s loudly putting as she looks up to try and nibble at my face. I know when she’s loudly purring that the nibble attempt is coming soon after lol. Gosh I just love her and I couldn’t imagine my life without her.

  16. My cat purrs wants to be loved blinks their eyes. Sleeping close to me especially when I am not feeling well. I love them all!!!

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