Have you ever wondered what cats think? Cats spend a lot of time lying down, relaxing and sleeping. What do cats think (or dream) when they lie like lumps in a patch of autumn sun? What if your cat sat on your chest and stared at you with those mysterious eyes? Aside from the usual loitering around the house, a stroll to check the food bowl, and a few bursts of intense activity (the evening zoom is always entertaining), cats don’t get much exercise throughout the day.
You have something to think about all day, but what?
Cognitive studies of cats
While there is still much to learn about how cats think, a number of studies1 have examined cat behavior and cognition, including memory, how cats perceive things, how well they understand human social cues, attachments and more. We know that our cats love us and are comfortable with us. For example, cats are more responsive to the voice of their familiar owner than a stranger, and cats also look to us for reassurance when they are anxious or uncertain about something new.
What does your cat think of you?
As it turns out, cats can see us as humans as clumsy, oversized cats who don’t always behave the way cats would expect them to. John Bradshaw, who wrote the book Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet (2013), put forward this theory.
Bradshaw, who has extensively studied domestic cat history and human-animal interactions, says in his book that cats’ behavior toward humans is indistinguishable from their behavior toward other cats. For example, cats will approach their owners with their tails raised and nudge us, just as a cat approaches another cat in a friendly manner. Even cats lick their skin to clean it like they do other cats.
In short, your cat sees you as a giant feline creature that walks on two legs, inexplicably disguises itself, and often does strange things. Your cat might be wondering what the next fun thing is.
Cat facial expressions and body language
We may never know exactly what a cat is thinking, but it’s possible to get a good idea of how it’s feeling by learning to read a cat’s facial expression.
Learning to read your cat’s body language is another skill you can try to get inside your cat’s mind. It’s a little easier than learning to read a cat’s facial expression. Understanding what certain cat poses and body movements mean can shed a lot of light on what’s going on in your cat’s mind.
Some signs that a cat is feeling calm and peaceful include a relaxed body, ears in a relaxed, neutral position (not pulled back), and whiskers in a relaxed position with small pupils. cracks; Signs that a cat is feeling slight pressure include: stiff body, head tilted away, body leaning back or crouching low on the floor, whiskers stretched forward, and pupils slightly dilated.
Get inside your cat’s head
Even if you don’t know exactly what your cat is thinking, it can be fun to imagine what might be going on in their fuzzy head. The next time you see your cat, pay attention to their facial expressions and body language and try to imagine what they might be thinking. As far as you know, your cat just thinks about how much you love them.