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Some Dog And Cat Speak Behaviors


Most animals are doggone good at “speaking human,” but what are some dog and cat speak behaviors?  If you’d like to have an even closer relationship with your best friend, learn a little animal language here.

Some Dog and Cat Speak Behaviors That You Can Easily Learn

some dog and cat speak behaviors



  • Purring – this lovely behavior happens for a variety of reasons, usually situational. Most of the time purring is associated with positive situations and contentment.
  • Kneading and rubbing – both are signs of positive feelings; your cat is expressing their love and need for a bit of comfort and attention from you.
  • Blinking and eye contact – in most animals, staring is a form of assessing a threat and establishing dominance. Blinking serves as a “break” from an otherwise aggressive stare, and long, slow blinking means your cat is relaxed.
  • Hunting – cats are amazing predators and practice their hunting skills whenever they can. Mother cats instinctually hunt to feed their kittens. When your cat brings you a “gift,” they are telling you how much they love you (and they may think you need a little mothering too).
  • Tail up! – when a cat is holding their tail straight up, a behavior seen in cats of all ages, it’s a friendly greeting to you and an acknowledgment of status. The straighter the tail, the more status you have.
  • Tummy view – not all cats like a belly rub, but when your cat shows you their tummy, which is a very vulnerable posture for your cat, they are telling you they love and trust you.


  • Play bow – when your dog gets into a play bow this is their way of telling you it’s time for a little fun. They are trying to engage you in play.
  • Wag the dog – there has been a lot of research on tail wagging! A recent study shows that their tails tell a lot more about their feelings than we previously Some Dog And Cat Speak Behaviorsthought. Wagging to the right is a more positive sign, left wagging seems to indicate negative emotions.
  • Smiling – I love it when a dog smiles. This is a means of communicating playfulness to humans. Interestingly, this is a behavior dogs have learned to use with people, and it’s never used to communicate with other dogs.
  • Slurp, face licking – this is a common way for a pooch to show you affection. It also might be because your body lotion tastes good! 
  • Yawing – Just like people, dogs yawn when they are tired, but in other cases, a yawn is an indication that your dog is nervous or stressed out.

Dogs and cats do their best to learn our language; this primer should help you learn a little bit of “animal speak.”

Cat Speak in Pictures
Dog Speak in Pictures

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