We know that as a pet parent, you are very concerned about ensuring that your pet lives the happiest life. Cats may not express their feelings like dogs, but this does not mean that they will not let us know how they feel. Take a look at these seven behaviors that cats exhibit when they are happy, and see if you can recognize any of them in your cats!
They have a good appetite
If your cat is excited when eating and continues to eat the food they provide, this is definitely a sign that they are happy. When your cat eats fresh whole foods to make them feel good, they will start to see mealtime as a highlight of the day. When it's time to eat, a happy cat will greet you in the kitchen, and when you prepare their favorite Freshpet recipe, it will chirp and rub your legs. When you are ready, they will be excited to take you to the places where they often eat and start eating immediately.
They have normal sleep behavior
Believe it or not, but you can understand how cats feel when they sleep. The first thing you should pay attention to is their sleep time. On average, cats sleep between 12 and 16 hours a day. If you find that your cat has slept more than 16 hours, or even more than in the past, this may be a symptom of depression or illness and you should contact your veterinarian. The second sleep-related behavior to be aware of is where your cat chooses to sleep. Happy cats usually like social sleep, which means they will sleep with people who make them feel safe and comfortable. If your cat chooses to sleep with you or other pets in the house, this is a good sign of happiness.
They are playful
The playfulness of your cat is another strong sign of happiness. Depressed cats sleep all day, but happy cats prefer to deal with their surroundings when they are awake. This might mean playing with you, independently entertaining yourself with toys, or just exploring different areas of the house—anything that shows your cat is taking advantage of their curious side. Cats’energy levels naturally decrease with age, but even happy elderly cats like to play one-on-one games with their favorite humans.
They have relaxed body language
If your cat likes to sit like a perfect loaf of bread, with paws under the body, tail wrapped around them, eyes closed or opened gently, these are signs that they feel happy and comfortable in the environment. When they stand up and walk around, their tails should stand upright, hooked at the top to make a question mark-especially when greeting family members.
They dress themselves
A happy cat is a neat cat! If you find that your cat is combing less frequently and their fur looks dark and dirty, it means unhappiness, sickness or even injury. Feeling good cats spend a lot of time grooming themselves, even other cats they trust. They may even try to train their human family members to show their trust and happiness. This grooming can actually help strengthen the bond between your cat and you, because licking can release endorphins.
In most cases, cats purr when contented-for example when you pet them or when they are bathing in the sun. However, it is important to remember that purring is a somewhat complicated behavior, because cats only purr when they are happy. It is well known that when they are hurt or upset, they will use grunts to comfort themselves. Knowing this, if you see your cat purring at strange times, it is best to make an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure there are no potential problems.
They are so happy to meet you
The most obvious sign that you have a happy cat is that they look happy! A cat greets you enthusiastically when you go home, kowtows to you when you wake up in the morning, or actively seeks you in the house, and is likely to be satisfied with their lives. You may also notice that when you leave the cat, they spend some time rubbing your legs or hands with your head and body. What they are actually doing is marking you as their "territory"-in other words, treating you as their own-cats only do this when they really like someone. Another sign is that when you start to touch them, they will bump your head into your hand, as if you want you to touch them harder. This is how they show that they like your company and want more!
We hope this will give you a better understanding of how your cat is happy. If you are concerned that your cat may be unhappy, please talk to your veterinarian first to rule out any underlying medical causes. If they are in good health, look for ways to enrich their environment. If you don't know where to start, your veterinarian will be able to recommend a behavioral therapist to help you better understand your cat and its needs.