“How do I know if my cat is happy and likes me?” Asks Mélissa (7 years).

First of all, how do you know if a cat is happy? Cats can not tell us how they feel, but by carefully observing their behavior, we can learn a lot.

What does a cat like to do? Does he have a favorite chair he sits on? Or a favorite window he looks out of? Maybe he likes to sit on your lap or play with toys?

The things cats do are probably what they like to do. As long as they have the opportunity to do them, they are probably happy. Giving a cat a toy is a great way to make it happy, especially if it’s a kitten.

For example, you can make a game for cats about their food – cats have a natural hunting instinct and like to hunt their food. The easiest way is to find an empty water bottle and punch holes in it. Then insert the kibble inside and close the lid. When the cat rolls the bottle, the food will fall out.

Depending on their personality, cats can show that they are dissatisfied in two ways:

  • they can hide under a bed or in a closet and show no interest in play or interaction. If they stop eating and going to the toilet at the same time, it is often a sign that they are dissatisfied.
  • they can also go at a pace or seek our attention by constantly meowing. These cats can follow you all the time and destroy furniture or other objects in the house.

Some cats may also pee in the wrong place when they are unhappy.

If a cat exhibits any of these signs, it probably means that something is bothering them. If he does not eat or care for himself, or if there are other signs that worry you, it may be a good idea to take him to the vet to see if there is a problem.

How do you know if your cat likes you?

If a cat likes to cuddle on its lap and spin when petted, it will most likely appreciate the person cuddling it. Cats choose to hang out with the people they truly love, just like we do with our friends. If a cat likes to be cuddled, it is likely to remain quiet, close its eyes and move its head or body to be petted at its favorite places. It can be along the cheeks, under the chin or between the ears and eyes.

But if the cat does not like all this, do not panic and think that he does not like you! Some cats are friendlier than others, and a cat may not like to be cuddled, just as some people like hugs and others do not. A cat can appreciate the presence of a person even if he does not want to approach them.

This review is written by Susan Hazel, Associate Professor at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia.
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