Communicating With Cats

by Krystl
(Summerfield, NC)

5 years ago I was blessed to be chosen by a cat who had escaped her abusive home. She was thin, her whiskers had been burned off 🙁 , and her coat was matted and scraggly.

She gladly allowed me to feed her, rub her, give her a warm place to sleep, and soon after come into the house. During the time we were bonding and she was healing I noticed her features and her mannerisms … talked to my dad who has Maine Coon cats, figured she is (only) part MC, but has so many traits of the breed including the STARE, and the vocalizations which I’ve learned to differentiate as our communications. Sheeba takes walks with me and our 3 small dogs in the woods behind the house. She even does the meer-cat stand!

When she is staring at me, I give her a slow soft “blink” -this is a CAT KISS. She always returns the kiss. <3 Try it - you will see your cat note it as affection. Cats of any breed use this to "kiss" each other. At night she waits for me to get settled and the snuggles in at my side, wrapping herself around my arm so we are holding hands. She definitely has a high regard for hands, sometimes just laying on mine. Her coat and tail are long and beautiful, her whiskers grew back nicely, and everyone who spends time with her says she is the most awesome cat they’ve ever met, b/c of her sweetness and intelligence. Blink- Kiss your Kitties !!


Comments for
Communicating With Cats

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 06, 2012 Slow blink
by: Michael

For me the slow blink is a reflection of a cat being in a comfort zone having received what you have said. That sounds complicated but is the way I see it.

keenpetite – if your cat is sitting comfortably! — and you talk nice and quietly and warmly to him or her you may see the slow blink in response to the warm friendly sounds that he or she is receiving!

It is a kind of a distant cuddle…LOL.

Are keen and petite?!

Mar 06, 2012 A loving cat expression “slow blink’ =kiss!!
by: Anonymous

Have owned cats for decades, yet never noticed “slow blink”, our last rescue “Scarlett o’Hair” tends to be very vocal, must certainly try this on her, she’s a purrer. Surely she will enjoy it & so will I.
Thanks for cute input about our purry/furry friends & companions.
Southeast AZ

Feb 21, 2012 Cat ‘blink’ kisses
by: Dorothy

I enjoyed reading this. I’d never noticed the slow blink before! My cat always responds to soft talking and stroking. He listens carefully. After reading this, I spent some time observing, and sure enough, I get the slow blink. He seemed to respond to me copying his move too. It is the sweetest thing. I’m so happy to learn this new little communication cue. Thanks!


Feb 20, 2012 The slow blink
by: Michael

Hi Krystl, thanks for visiting and sharing. I know that blink. I see it a lot in my cat.

I do return it too, just like you. I have other ways to say I love him as well.

You can get that slow cat blink when you talk softly and with a friendly voice to your cat.

It is definitely a recognition that communication is going on. Actually I can almost talk to my cat!

If I say something, he responds. A lot of it is down to tone and volume plus our body language, but there is no doubt that we can communicate through vocalisations.

You have a loving relationship with your cat. I very much like to see that. Mine (Charlie – 3 legged) spends all of the cold nights resting against me. When I move I have to think about him! He does not think about me. It’s unfair.

This entry was posted in communication and tagged , , by Michael Broad. Bookmark the permalink.

About Michael Broad

Michael is retired! He retired at age 57 and at Aug 2018 is approaching 70. He worked in many jobs. The last job he did was as a solicitor practicing general law. He loves animals and is passionate about animal welfare. He also loves photography and nature. He hates animal abuse. He has owned and managed this site since 2007. There are around 13k pages so please use the custom search facility!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Please try and upload photos that are small in size of max 500px width and 50 KB size. Large images typical of most default settings on digital cameras may fail to upload. Thanks. Comment rules: (1) respect others (2) threatening, harassing, bullying, insulting and being rude to others is forbidden (3) advocating cat cruelty is forbidden (4) trolls (I know who they are) must use real name and upload a photo of themselves. Enforcement: (1) inappropriate comments are deleted before publication and (2) commenters who demonstrate a desire to flout the rules are banned. Failure to comply with (4) results in non-publication. Lastly, please avoid adding links because spam software regards comments with links as spam and holds them in the spam folder. I delete the spam folder contents daily.