Where the Wild Things Are . . .

No, not the famous children's' book by Maurice Sendak! Rather, an entertaining evening at Neko HQ listening to Dr Trepheena Hunter, of Wild Things Veterinary Behaviour Services, explain the behaviour of cats.

Surrounded by friendly kitties, we listened intently to find out about how cats communicate and socialise. We also learnt how to make our indoor kitties happy and found out that no cat is ever too old to train.

Here are a few snippets of wisdom that I took away from her talk.

Body language

An anxious cat

Cats communicate mainly through body language. By learning to read the signs, you can gauge whether your feline friend is feeling relaxed, anxious, fearful or aggressive. Always good to know!


A relaxed cat can be in any position, but there is no sign of tension. Usually, its:

  • eyes are closed or blinking slowly

  • ears are relaxed