Whether it's a flick of the tail, a low hiss or rubbing their body against your legs, everyday our cats communicate with us through their body language.

And while every cat is different and will 'talk' to you in their own individual ways, it is worth knowing a few general rules of cat behaviour that can help you better understand your feline friend.

Although cats don't tend to be terribly vocal, there are a few feline sounds your pet may use when trying to communicate with you. We all know that a purring animal tends to mean that your cat is happy and contented; however, some felines will also make this sound when they're stressed on in fear.

Many cats will also occasionally meow - usually if they want feeding their cat food or some attention - or even hiss, which is a sign of fear or aggression and often means that you should back off and give your pet their space.

Your four-legged friend's tail is also usually a fairly good gauge of their emotions and behaviour.

A slightly swishing tail tends to mean that your cat is curious, while a quivering tail is usually recognised as a sign of contentment and affection.

However, watch out for a twitching tail, as this tends to indicate your pet is focused and excited, which can be a sign that they are predatory and may be prone to aggression, while a tucked in tail may suggest they are fearful.

Other distinctive behaviours to look out for in your cat include lying low on their belly, which may be a sign they are about to pounce (although this is usually playful behaviour), and lying on their back to expose their belly - an indication that your pet trusts you and wants affection.

Finally, it is worth remembering that all cats are different and will display individual behaviours depending on their age, breed and personality.

Therefore, the best way to really understand your pet is to spend as much time as possible with the animal, and you will soon find that you are practically speaking the same language.

Written by: Hannah