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Purring and other often misunderstood signals: here's how to tell if your cat is angry

A purring cat is not always a positive sign, and just like other signs, it is often misunderstood.

Cats are wonderful animals, but can often be difficult for people to understand, especially when it comes to interpreting their mood.

The signals a cat sends can easily be misunderstood, which can lead to incorrect interactions with the animal.

In this photo gallery, we explore some of the facial expressions and cat behaviours that are often misinterpreted, to help cat owners and lovers better understand their kitty and establish a harmonious relationship with them.

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Purring and other often misunderstood signals: here's how to tell if your cat is angry
A purring cat is not always a positive sign, and just like other signs, it is often misunderstood. Cats are wonderful animals, but can often be difficult for people to understand, especially when it comes to understanding their mood. The signals a cat sends can easily be misunderstood, which can lead to incorrect interactions with the animal. In this photo gallery, we explore some of the facial expressions and cat behaviours that are often misinterpreted, to help cat owners and lovers better understand their kitty and establish a harmonious relationship with them. (source: cathealth)
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Growl
Cats growl when they are stressed, angry or annoyed. This can happen in the presence of loud noises, unwanted animals or people or situations that the cat perceives as dangerous.
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Hissing or blowing
The cat hisses or blows to sound a warning to another person or animal. In this way the cat tells the unwelcome animal or person that it must move away or it may attack.
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Molten
If your cat purrs, it does not always mean that it is happy; on the contrary, in some cases it is a sign of fear, anger or that it is experiencing pain. To identify this signal correctly, it is important to know your cat well and to pay attention to the presence of other signs that may indicate anger.
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Fast unraveling
Cats wag their tails very little, and usually when they do it is not a positive sign: in particular, if the tail moves very fast it is likely that the cat is very angry.
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Avoid contact
Cats do not mind showing their impatience, quite the contrary. If they are angry with someone, they usually avoid being near him, moving away. In some cases, if the object of anger is for instance a knick-knack, it often happens that the cat stares at it from afar.
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Ears lowered
If the cat keeps its ears down, resting on top of its head, it is almost certainly angry: avoid teasing it at all costs.
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Bite
A biting cat is not always angry, sometimes it is just playing: you have to know your cat and understand the situation well to identify this signal correctly. If the cat bites, the hand must not be withdrawn, otherwise it is seen by the cat as a sign of fear, and it will squeeze harder. On the contrary, in this situation, the best thing to do is to push the hand against the mouth: the cat will soon let go.
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