Assess Your Cat’s Body Language
Remember that cat communication involves more than just eye contact. Your first step is to read their body language—all the way from the eyes to the tip of the tail.
Two different body postures accompanied with a stare provides two different stories. If your cat is staring at you, blinking slowly while inches away from your face, this cat behavior is a sign of affection!
Blinking is a friendly gesture, so we can safely assume that when combined with loose, relaxed body language, your cat is telling you that they want to be close to you and spend time with you. Or this could be their way of waking you up! Whether they want their breakfast right away or wants you to get up and provide him with company, this body language is friendly and means they simply want your attention.
A cat that is upset will exhibit telltale signs, like pupil dilation, ears turned to the side, a stiffer body and an agitated tail that’s swishing side to side.
That body language, in addition to direct eye contact, is definitely a potential threat and a signal that your cat needs some space. In this case, the best thing to do is avert your eyes, distract your cat, and redirect their attention to another activity to add some space between you and your cat.
Whether or not your cat engages in play, it helps break eye contact and defuse tension. When your cat appears calmer, engage him in an activity that he truly likes, such as chasing after a fishing pole toy or batting around his crinkle cat toy.
If your cat is staring at you and they are crouched down with their tail tucked under the body, or if they are hiding behind a piece of furniture, this is an indication your cat is fearful.
Whatever you inadvertently did, such as jumping up and cheering when your football team scored a touchdown or accidentally tripping and dropping an item, you have spooked your cat. Sometimes it could be a noise that your cat heard outside your house.