If you’re happy and you know it, say miiiiaow
Feliway, the leader in cat happiness, has teamed up with Yummypets, the leader in pet social media, to create a gallery of the happiest cats you’ve ever seen.
To celebrate your happy feline and the incredibly special relationship you have with them.
To build a community of people who truly love their cats and want to show the world how happy they are!
And finally, to find the happiest (and we mean happiest) cats in Britain. Is your cat one of them?
If you’re convinced that you’ve got the happiest cat in Britain, follow the simple instructions below:
How does it work? Answer: very easily:
- Post a photo of your cat
- Add the #happycat hashtag to the photo title
- See your cat on the wall
- See if you’ve won
- Tell/tag your friends
There will be a weekly #happycat prize for uploading an image of your cat consisting of a Feliway starter pack, Yummypet goodies, vouchers for a photo print gallery and cat accessories.
Plus, our favourite 5,000 images will also be compiled into a Happy Cat coffee table book!
To find out more about our incentives and to share your #happycat image, click this link: https://www.yummypets.com/happycat
Your cat will have their own way of telling you whether they’re content or not, but in case you’re unsure, here are some pretty universal clues that you have a very happy cat:
Happy and relaxed
A happy, relaxed cat will rest with their front paws tucked under, ears forward, eyelids ‘sleepy’ perhaps half-open. These half-open eyes mean ‘I am sleepy and content’. An eye-blink in response of your stare from across the room is a happy cat gesture.
Lying on their back (usually in the sun) with all fours in the air means they’re VERY relaxed and do not feel threatened in any way. It is also an indication that your cat may allow you to stroke their tummy. It is a sign of trust.
If your cat is curled up in your lap and you’re stroking them as they purr, there’s an excellent chance they’re content and letting you know by the sound of that beautiful, velvety motor sound.
When a kitten is young, they knead their mother’s breast to stimulate milk flow and this behaviour is therefore associated with pleasurable memories. Happy cats may start kneading your tummy (sometimes forgetting that, unlike infant kittens, mature cats have well-developed claws!) or go off to their favourite blanket and knead.
Some very affectionate cats will put their paws around you and literally hang from your neck — just like with humans this is their way of giving you ‘a big hug’.
Happy and chatty
If a cat is happy, they will tell you all about it.
Purring is usually a good sign that your cat is content.
When it comes to meowing, generally the higher-pitched sounds are “happy” while lower pitched ones may imply frustration. However, quiet cats may express happiness with silence and vocalize more to express unhappiness. Confusing, right? But that’s why we love our enigmatic felines!
Happy, confident and curious
Happy cats are usually very confident and will show interest in their environment. They will be inquisitive and eagerly explore new surroundings.
A curious cat’s tail will be held up, but might also move a little from side to side, their ears will be straight up and slightly facing forward, and their eyes will be wide open.
A happy cat will welcome you with their tail pointed straight up (often with the end quivering or making a little hook), ears erect and slightly lowered eyelids. They will rub their face and body against you.
Happy and playful
Kittens play non-stop and simply don’t know any better than to be happy.
Play is a terrific indication of happiness. As cats mature and progress into middle and old age, the desire to play diminishes.
But any amount of play, from rollicking races and kitty wrestling matches to sedate paw-patting for attention indicates feline happiness.
Happy and looking good
Cats who feel good keep themselves well groomed.
Grooming other cats or licking the owner (as with mutual sleeping) also shows trust and a positive relationship.
Cats happy with each other groom one another.
Still unsure? Take our quiz to determine your cat’s happiness by clicking here.
To help improve your cat’s well being, you can also use our interactive app to learn how to make a Cat-friendly Home.