How to Figure Out if Your Cat Is Angry

Cats are very independent animals, but their signs of 'Stay away!' or 'Please, just leave me alone' are not always the easiest to grasp. Learning how to interpret the signals of anger, fear, and happiness in your cat is vital to establishing a beautiful relationship with a feline. Read on to discover these simple methods of solving the puzzle that is the emotions of your pet.


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    Look out for flattened ears. Usually, if a cat is angry, it will flatten its ears when you try to pet or interact with it. This means, "Stay away! I'm not in the mood." It can also hint annoyance or anger in cats, and is not very hard to distinguish from the normal habits of your feline. Flattened ears are occasionally accompanied by baring of the teeth or a hiss.
    • Some cats will flatten their ears only slightly but, nonetheless, the meanings are the same.
    • Flattened ears will normally look as if the cat is pressing their ears against their head. The same reaction can be obtained by gently tapping the ear-of course, however, you should never intentionally provoke your cat.
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    Pay attention to their position. If they are scared or feel threatened, they may either arch their backs and fluff their fur to appear larger, or lower their backs and appear as if they are cowering in a corner. Body language is everything to animals, humans and cats alike, and most creatures use their positions to express emotion.
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    Be aware of their teeth. If they are skittish, they might bare their teeth at you, or try to bite you. This one is probably the most obvious, because often a cat with bare its teeth at you, or snap at you. If a cat wants to be left alone, it will also occasionally run away from you.
    • They are trying to look more threatening when they do that. 'Maybe if you see my teeth, you'll run!' is what they are "thinking".
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    Recognize the different types of "meows". Usually when a cat meows, it's because they want your attention.
    • A typical cat meow could mean anything, from just wanting to be cuddled to wanting food. Make sure they have clean food and water.
    • High pitched yowls or howls means the cat is in serious distress. Whether it be extreme hunger or pain, make sure to examine your cat or bring them to the vet if they seem abnormally aggressive and loud.
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    Examine their eyes. Normally, a cat will have narrowed or sometimes slightly dilated pupils, but if a cat is feeling angry, their pupils will be small and their eyes widened.
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    Watch where they go. Cats will almost always run into a dark place, such as under a bed, when they want you to leave them alone.
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    When your cat bites you, it is obviously their way of telling you to get away.
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    See if he is getting uncharacteristically upset. He might be more snappy with other animals and scratching. Your cat will not only be frustrated with you, but with other pets. They will scratch people and other things, including your couch.
    • He might slowly get more aggressive. That is why you need to be careful to interpret the signs to ensure they are healthy as well as to prevent you and others from being injured.
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  • If a cat bites or snaps at you, don't punish it. That will only make it angrier. If your cat bites you or purposefully scratches or bares its teeth at you, it would be best to leave it alone.
  • Make sure you are looking out for the signs, or for people who are abusing or being mean to your cat.
  • Try to be kind to your cat. This is the biggest tip of all. If you are kind and lovable to your cat, it will surely give kindness back to you!


  • Don't bother your cat all of the time. Chances are, this will irritate it and cause them to scratch you.
  • Some cats are more aggressive than others. Your cat may just be in a bad mood for no reason, and not give any of the signs until it is biting or scratching. Be careful!
  • If someone is bitten or scratched, do not panic. Wash the wound in water and soap immediately.

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