What the Body Language of 8 Pets Is Telling You

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With the help of their bodies, animals communicate with each other just as we do. And there are certain postures and body signals that allow animals to show us their emotions and intentions— like a dog that suddenly changes his tail’s position, a hamster standing on his hind paws, or a parrot pushing one wing to the side.

1. A dog

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  • Happiness

A long, wagging tail means a dog is in a good mood and ready to play. When trying to listen, a dog will turn his head to the side, hoping for a reward.

  • Aggression

The legs are being kept straight and forward. In this upright position, the head can also indicate aggression or a desire to exhibit dominance.

  • Anxiety

A straight, horizontal tail indicates a dog has seen something and tries to grasp whether it is a threat or nothing to think about.

2. A cat

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  • Happiness

A happy cat keeps its ears open and cool. If a cat squints or keeps his eyes half-closed, it means that he has faith in you and feels safe. It may mean that when a cat lifts its tail, it’s happy and friendly.

  • Fear

A tail that falls between the paws is a sign of fear and terror. Her distress is indicated by rounded eyes. And if a cat moves his ears quickly, that might mean he’s a warning.

  • Aggression

If a cat stares at you without interruption, it can challenge you. If his paws are pressed against his head, a cat will show hostility. And if it moves the tail up and down or left and right quickly and nervously, that shows its frustration or rage.

3. A hamster

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  • Happiness

By yawning and stretching, a hamster can demonstrate its satisfaction. By jumping, it expresses joy. Standing on the hind paws and shifting with the upper body can be a curiosity.

  • Anxiety

If a hamster starts washing feverishly unexpectedly, this may signal its concern. When it lies on the floor, it shows fear and sneaks around, trying to hide.

  • Aggression

The location of the hamster on his paws may have a different meaning. It can mean violence when it is standing on its hind paws while moving back with its upper body. It can also raise its front paws.

4. A rabbit

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  • Happiness

A rabbit jumps out of joy. When it lies on its belly, it shows its good attitude towards you and extends its hind and front legs. It means it feels relaxed and comfortable.

  • Anxiety

This freezes in place when a rabbit is nervous. Her hands are close against her head and her eyes are wide open. When it’s dissatisfied with your approach, it can take such a pose. A hit with the hind legs is a clear signal of a threat.

  • Aggression

When a rabbit bites you, he’s standing on his hind paws and pushing the body forward. Such behaviour can most often be found in solitary rabbits.

5. A parrot

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  • Happiness

It can extend the left-wing and leg when a parrot is full, and then the right-wing and leg. Then it is going to pull up its wings. For a moment, it can also inflate its feathers.

  • Anxiety

An elevated crest and a tense body indicate a parrot is distressed, afraid, and willing to defend itself.

  • Aggression

Normally, a parrot takes this next pose before assaulting and biting you. To take a stable position, it stretches its legs wide, looks at you, and opens its beak.

6. A guinea pig

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  • Happiness

It’s a sign of a good mood to jump up. And if the animal stretches and grunts on the concrete, it will feel comfortable.

  • Anxiety

When it’s afraid, a guinea pig drops its head. It also presses against the wall or floor, tightening as it freezes its paws.

  • Aggression

It lifts its head up when a guinea pig displays its power and wants to make an impact. But if it’s standing on its feet and swaying with a raised head from side to side, it means it’s set up aggressively.

7. A turtle

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  • Happiness

The happier and more relaxed the tortoise feels, the more it explores with excitement everything around it. It doesn’t hide in its shell and shows you its head and paws comfortably.

  • Anxiety

If the tortoise feels threatened, by bringing its head, tail, and paws into the shell, it tries to protect itself. It is a well-known indication that fear is experienced by the animal.

  • Aggression

This lifts its shell as high as possible and stretches its tail and neck when the tortoise wants to show that it is dominant.

8. A horse

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  • Happiness

If this is not your first interaction with the horse, it knows you and lifts its hind legs, which may mean the animal is in a playful mood.

  • Anxiety

If your front or hind legs are raised by a horse, it may mean that you feel threatened or in danger. If a horse is scared, keeping a safe distance from it is best.

  • Aggression

It can beat the hooves or forearms on the ground when a horse is dissatisfied. She can wag her head and press her ears tightly, pull out her tail, and open her eyes wide.

Have you got any of these animals? Do you understand your pet’s behaviour? In the comments, you can describe your relationship with your pet.

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