Hi, I'm Nicky Trevorrow and I work at Cats Protection. Today we're gonna look at some behaviors of these lovely animals here, cats, and see why they're actually quite complicated and quite assaulting, their behaviors, much more so than social species such as ourselves and dogs. So, let's have a look at the cats, and see what you think is going on.
嗨，我是Nicky Trevorrow，我在Cats Protection工作。今天我們要看幾個這些可愛動物的行為，這裡，貓咪，然後看看為什麼牠們確實蠻難懂且蠻有攻擊性的，牠們的行為，比起像是我們自己和狗狗等群居動物還更勝一籌。所以，來看看貓咪，並看看你想的是怎麼回事。
When a cat comes towards you with the tail up, usually pointing at the top, it's a sign of a greeting in cats. This is a lovely behavior to say that usually when they're greeting on your coming home, or they're soliciting attention, the best thing to do with these behaviors is to acknowledge their greeting, and you should give them a bit of fuss, like a head rub for example.
When cats are rubbing around ourselves or the objects in the environment, usually corners of things, they're often using like parts of their body like their cheeks, and up here, and their sides. They're actually depositing scents. Whilst it looks like a really gorgeous behavior where they're sort of smooching these areas, it is in fact scent marking. We often see these behaviors, particularly when we first arrive home for example, when they're rubbing around our legs. It is a greeting behavior as well, but primarily because we smell a bit funny when we've been out, and they're trying to make the smell more familiar.
The slow blink is one of my favorite behaviors. This is where you slow blink as a cat, so you really slowly open and close your eyes, and then with a perfect cat etiquette, just turning your head slowly to the side. This is showing the cat that you're nice and relaxed in their presence, and that you're not threatening at all. If you're really lucky the cat will slow blink you back.
When cats have got their ears flattened either to the side or back, this can be a sign of stress that they're quite frightened. What's really important when for cats that are feeling stressed and frightened is to give them a place to hide, and the opportunity to get up high.
Now when you return home, and the cat throws itself from its side and shows you its belly, often many people misinterpret this behavior and think it wants its tummy rubs. Now unfortunately, those people that would have tried this behavior will unfortunately get a glue grab on their hand, and maybe the cat would bite them as well. That's because what this cat is really doing is showing a greeting behavior, and also that it feels relaxed in your presence. It trusts you. And it's almost an abuse of that trust to go in straight their tummy. What the cat would rather you do is just to give him a slight head rub, and that's it.
Lip licking can occur for a variety of different reasons. For example, if they've just had something to eat, then you'll notice them doing a really big lick. However, it can also be a sign of nausea. And in this particular cat, it's a sign of stress. So when cats are stressed, it's really important to give them a place to hide, and the opportunity to get up high.
Purring is part of these behaviors that's a myth to all cat owners. It often shows a cat that's content, often soliciting attention, but sometimes it can actually be a sign the cat is in pain.
I hope you've enjoyed looking at these cat behaviors and found them interesting. Hopefully when you go home today, you look at your cat with a whole new light, and hopefully you improve your relationship with them as well.