Our latest guest post is a wonderful animated infographic from the Sainsbury’s Bank blog, Money Matters

When an email from the Sainsbury’s Bank blog Money Matters landed in our inbox last week, we were intrigued as to what content they had that would interest our readers. Turns out it’s an absolute gem; a wonderful animated infographic ‘Cat behaviours explained’, that we think you’re going to love!


Cat behaviours explained

As far as four-legged friends go, most animal lovers would probably agree that cats are the most mysterious of furry companions. Independent and changeable, felines are much more likely to baffle their owners than dogs.

In order to avoid any unwanted misunderstandings, it’s good to know the basics when it comes to understanding your cat’s body language. Studying your kitty’s movements, facial expressions, as well as the sounds they make can go a long way in terms of ensuring a good relationship between you and your pet.

It’s also useful to remember to observe all of the above together as your cat’s body parts work together to express moods and needs. It may seem like your cat is simply showing you love or begging for a tasty treat when rubbing up against your ankle, but there’s more to it. And what about the ‘presents’ it brings you, or the way it kneads pillows and duvets?

To help you better understand your cat’s physical behaviours, Sainsbury’s Bank has put together this handy guide.


Just what is your cat trying to tell you?

Rubbing against your legs or furniture

This is my home, and I scent things to find my way around.

Showing you its behind

Don't be offended, I'm just being friendly. We cats say hello to each other by sniffing tails, just like dogs.

Ears forward

I'm pleased to see you. If you hold out your hand, I might give it a bump to say hello (or a sniff if I'm shy).

Slow closing of eyes/blinking

You're getting a kiss. If you copy me, I might just do it again. If I'm in the mood.

Ears upright, sitting
up and alert

I'm listening intently. Was it a bird or a mouse? I'm not sure, but I'm off to find out.


I'm getting comfy. Kneading you makes me feel good, as I think about how I used to knead my mum.

Rolling on back to expose stomach

I trust you, but watch your fingers if you decide to give me a tickle; I might be in the mood to play.

Back hunched up with tail and fur on end

I'm being defensive. I'm puffing my hair out to make myself look bigger, so whatever I'm scared of leaves me alone.

Cat in a box/bag

This might look silly to you, but it makes me feel safe; I can see you, but you can't see me!

Cat in a box/bag

This might look silly to you, but it makes me feel safe; I can see you, but you can't see me!

Cat 'gift'

I've brought you a mouse to try and teach you how to hunt. See what a good hunter I am.

It's your turn now.


I purr because of most things (dinner, strokes, sitting in sunshine), but mainly because you've given me some form of 'contact' and I like it.


Cat behaviours explained, from Sainsbury's Bank

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