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Kendrick Finks (rescue)  Photo credit Izabella Sandoval

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Cat Psychology 101

How to Coexist in Harmony

Article by Kimberly Blaker

Photography by Izabella Sandoval and Owner Provided

Originally published in River City Lifestyle

What does it mean when your cat yowls nonstop or scratches up your furniture? Cats actually have darn good reasons for their behaviors.

Feline Vocalization

When your cat meows, it’s usually asking for something or saying ‘hello.’ If the meowing is continuous, particularly after trying to satisfy your cat’s needs, it may be sick or injured. Nonstop yowling can be a sign of discomfort, illness or worry that their territory is threatened, or a desire to mate. Cats even yowl when they’re bored.

Purring usually signifies contentment but can mean they’re worried. Hissing, snarling, or growling is a clear warning to back off–or else.

Tails Tell A Tale

When a cat sweeps its tail widely, it’s annoyed. If a cat is agitated or frightened, its tail movement is intensified and sweeps back and forth rapidly. If your cat’s tail puffs up with its ears erect and whiskers pointed forward, the cat’s usually happy or having fun. But, when a bristled tail points straight up or down, possibly coinciding with an arched back and flattened ears, the cat is fearful. When the fur on a cat’s whole body puffs up, the cat is very angry. 

Those Destructive Claws

Cats scratch things to shed the dead frayed layers and sharpen their claws. It’s also one of the ways cats mark their territory. Finally, it’s a natural part of feline play and stretching. To combat the problem, give your cat a scratching post. Also, keep your cat’s claws trimmed. When your cat scratches on other objects, clap loudly, so the cat stops. The American Association of Feline Practitioners recommends against declawing. The procedure is much more invasive than most people realize.


Pictured: The winners of our River City Lifestyle Pet Parade contest, cat category. Thank you to our Pet Parade sponsor, East Memphis Pet Hospital & Resort. In addition to a professional photo shoot with Izabella Sandoval, each of our top two winners received a basket of pet products from East Memphis Pet Hospital & Resort.

  • Oreo Morris  (rescue) Photo credit Izabella Sandoval
  • Kendrick Finks (rescue)  Photo credit Izabella Sandoval
  • Kendrick Finks  (rescue) Photo credit Izabella Sandoval
  • Gabby Kuhlo
  • Ginger Johnston (rescue)
  • Simba Wiseman
  • Penny Kandel