The intricacies of pet communication: 6 surprising findings

FFranklin November 4, 2023 7:01 AM

As pet owners, we've all been there. Your cat gives you a blank stare, your dog tilts its head, your bird chirps incessantly, and you're left scratching your head, wondering just what they're trying to tell you. Fear not, for recent research in pet communication has led to some intriguing discoveries. Let's delve into the six surprising findings about pet communication.

Understanding your pet's language


  1. Tail Wagging: Contrary to popular belief, a wagging tail doesn't always mean a happy dog. The direction and speed of the wag can reveal a lot about their emotional state. A tail wagging more to the right indicates positive feelings, while a tail wagging more to the left shows negative emotions.

  2. Eye Contact: A long, hard stare from a dog often signals a threat or challenge, whereas looking away signifies submission.


  1. Slow Blink: It's a cat's way of giving a human a 'kiss.' When your cat slow blinks at you, it's a sign of trust and affection.

  2. The Tail Flick: A gently waving tail means your cat is content, but a fast-whipping tail signifies agitation or excitement.


  1. Singing: Birds don't just sing to attract mates. They also use song to establish territory, signal danger, or communicate their mood.

  2. Feather Fluffing: Birds often fluff their feathers to keep warm, but it can also be a sign of relaxation, or in some cases, illness.

But pet communication isn't just about decoding signals. Recent studies have shown that our pets might be trying to understand us, too. Dogs can follow human pointing gestures, and even birds like crows can remember human faces and associate them with positive or negative experiences.

It might not be 'language' in the way we humans understand it, but it's clear that our pets are trying to communicate with us in their own unique ways. So the next time your pet gives you that quizzical look, remember these findings and try to see the world from their perspective.

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