21 “Please let me out!” What is this kitten saying? Eyes: Focused Ears: Forward and up = FocusedNose: Up and forward = FocusedThroat: SolicitationBody: Feet off ground = Non-threateningTail: Base up, tip up = Friendly, willing to interact“Please let me out!”
22 “Thanks for letting me out. Now stop threatening me.” What is this kitten saying?“Thanks for letting me out. Now stop threatening me.”Eyes: Looking away = Disinterested, or disarmingEars: To side and back = UncertainNose: Turned partially away = Distance increasingTail: Up and curved forward = Distance decreasing(Above include discordant signals)HUMAN: Back arched; Staring; Claws and teeth exposed;= Trying to be friendly; actually being threatening
23 Kittens in Kindergarten (Don’t know each other) Orange Kitten on right…Eyes: Focused = AttentiveEars: Full front = Alert, focused, confidentBody: Back mildly archedBody: Rump setting down = slowing rate of interaction (SIT is a STOP message).Tail: Base up, tip straight = Confident/Neutral.B&W Kitten on Left…Eyes: Focused = AttentiveEars: Up, forward = Interested and focusedBody: Arched back = Trying to intimidate.Body: One paw raised = Impending (undetermined) change of behaviorTail: Base up, tip up = Very willing to interact
24 Kittens in Kindergarten (Don’t know each other) Grey Kitten on right…Eyes: Turned =some new interestEars: Full front elsewhere = Alert, focused, confidentNose: Whiskers forward = ConfidentBody: Neck and shoulder exposed to new cat = no worry of attack (confident)Tail: Base up, tip straight = Confident/Neutral.Striped Kitten On Left…Eyes: Focused = AttentiveEars: Out + back = Anxious and uncertainNose: Whiskers out = Gathering dataBody: Approaching slowly at an arc = Non-confrontive approachTail: Base Down, Tip up = Cautious but willing to interact
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