Save the petting for later: They're not interested right now. Does your cat arch their back up to meet your hand when you pet them? Content: Sitting or lying down, eyes half-closed, pupils narrowed, tail mostly still, ears forward and purring—a really happy cat will often knead on a soft surface. Your cat will grab their prey, bite it, wrestle it the floor and kick it with their hind feet: Their toy is now dead. Your cat's sense of smell is so essential to them that they actually have an extra olfactory organ that very few other creatures have: the Jacobson's organ. Intense play can quickly turn into overstimulation in some cats, resulting in biting and scratching. When your cat gets a whiff of something really fascinating, they open their mouth and inhale so that the scent molecules flow over the Jacobson's organ.
Lila. Age: 24.
Your cat may be saying "meow" as a greeting "Hey, how ya doin'?
Landry. Age: 20.
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They may yowl, growl, hiss and spit. And if your cat is elderly, they may be suffering from a cognitive disorder dementia and may howl because they're disoriented. Defensive: Crouched, ears flattened, whiskers back, tail between their legs or wrapped around their body, and pupils dilated—they may meow loudly, growl, hiss and spit.