It’s easy to tell when a dog is happy; they wag their tails, come running when you enter the house, flash those canines in a big, toothy grin. But for cats, it’s not as simple. Whether it’s picky eating habits, napping in a shoebox or kneading every piece of furniture in the house, cats display behaviors that make us scratch our heads, making it harder to know if they are truly happy and healthy.
But many of these quirky physical behaviors are actually a sign of your cat’s well-being. To help pet parents better understand their cat’s behavior, Dr. Danielle Bernal, veterinarian with Wellness Natural Pet Food, investigated 10 signs that indicate their feline friends are doing just fine:
10 Signs You Have a Happy, Healthy Cat
- Persistent self-grooming
- Lifted or twitchy tail
- Relaxed in their movements and resting positions
- Dilated eyes
- Forward-facing ears
- A hearty appetite
- Playful patterns
- Good sleeper
To give further insight into what’s going on with these curious creatures, check out the Wellness CATalog—an online resource that decodes different behavioral quirks. Featuring scientific insights from veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal, it shines a spotlight on eight common cat personalities, helping pet parents understand why cats behave the way they do.
October celebrates NATIONAL CAT DAY . But everyday should be a special day with your cat. If your cat isn’t displaying her usual happy self, don’t leave it; book a vet visit. Cats are stoic and often hide signs that they are not feeling well. Every cat should have a wellness check up at least once a year.