Whether you need to learn how to act like a cat for a role or you just admire feline demeanor, there are many ways you can imitate a cat. Each cat is different, but many share similar behaviors. Unlike dogs, cats can be finicky and aloof; however, they are simultaneously loving and tender.
Method 1 of 3: Do the Activities a Cat Does
Step 1. Get plenty of sleep and cat naps
Cats are famous for sleeping anytime, anywhere. To be like a cat, be sure to sleep through the night and take short naps throughout the day. A short cat nap should last around 15-20 minutes, so you can take several throughout the day.
- Find a sunny spot for a warm and cozy nap.
- Curl up on a comfortable cushion or a cool pile of clothing in a ball or fetal position. Cats protect their stomachs when they sleep, as it is a vulnerable part.
Step 2. Do yoga to stretch your muscles
When you wake up from a satisfying nap or a long night's rest, stretch your body. Like a cat, take your time to stretch every muscle and rekindle your body. A short sun salutation is a good stretching routine and has poses that resemble those of the cat. Yawn to stretch the muscles in your face and also to look like a cat when you wake up.
Step 3. Clean often
Cats groom themselves by licking and scrubbing their paws over their faces to clean up food, odors, and excess hair. Bathe at least once a day, if not more, to keep yourself free of dirt and extra grease. Throughout each day, check your appearance in a mirror and clean up after mealtime.
- Some cats don't have claws and some do, but growing your claws into a pointy shape is another way to be like a cat.
- Brush your hair so it doesn't fall out throughout the day and doesn't get tangled or matted.
Step 4. Spend time playing outside
Watch the birds, practice climbing trees, and go out and explore the nature around you. Be active to stay healthy and with the attitude of an adventurous cat. If you feel exhausted, take a nap in the sun.
- Cats like to be entertained and around other cats. Spend time playing and relaxing with other people.
- Hunting is an activity that will allow you to better understand the mentality of a cat. Even a house cat will hunt and go after toys.
Method 2 of 3: Communicate Like a Cat
Step 1. Use body language to communicate your feelings instead of using words
Without saying a word, you can communicate your moods, just like the cat. Turn around and leave the room if you are bored or tired. Sit close to someone if you enjoy their company and close your eyes when you smile to show that you are content and happy.
- You don't have a cat-like tail or ears, but you can use your face to express your emotions to people without speaking.
- Also, for example, you can walk back and forth when you're impatient for dinner, or you can walk away if you don't want someone to try to touch or hug you.
Step 2. Experiment with the tone of your voice
Speak in an upbeat tone when you're happy and content, and incorporate a growl when you're angry. You don't need to meow exactly like a cat, but you can copy its sounds. For example, cats squeak and meow at things they like, so you can make high-pitched squeaks of happiness when you see someone or something you like.
- To show dislike, you can hiss like the cat does when something threatens or irritates it.
- If you want to be able to talk to cats, mimic their meows and sounds to the best of your ability. Listen to how they talk and imitate them.
Step 3. Have a distinctive scent
A cat communicates through pheromones (which humans cannot perceive) to attract a mate and warn other cats to stay away. Choose a perfume or body lotion that smells good so that others will want to be around you.
In case you want to repel someone, try cooking with garlic and onions or handle materials that stink and do not wash
Step 4. Blink slowly to show that you like someone
People often think cats are looking at them; however, in reality, cats blink slowly to show that they like someone. Blink slowly and evenly to show affection. This is especially effective when you meet a new cat and want to convey that you want to be his friend.
- Some people may not recognize this behavior and think they are being watched.
- Consider blinking slowly rather than being less intimidating.
Step 5. Swipe someone who is bothering you as a warning
If you ever have to fight, be content to let out your anger and physically attack someone. Instead, tap someone on the arm to warn them of the upcoming altercation. Cats will claw other cats, dogs, and humans at the start of a fight, and sometimes they won't have to face an actual fight.
- A warning claw shouldn't be strong, just fast and sharp enough to grab someone's attention.
- If a real fight starts, the cats will bite and scratch their opponents. Just be cautious and consider the consequences of using these methods in an actual fight with someone.
Method 3 of 3: Behaving like a cat around other people
Step 1. Be alert and aware of your surroundings
Cats have highly sensitive hearing and smell and are attentive to the world around them. Whether you're doing nothing or you're in the middle of a dialogue project, pay attention to what's going on around you. It is good practice to be safe, but also to be as observant as a cat.
- Reacting unpredictably and jumping on things that scare you are other ways you can imitate cats.
- If you hear a funny sound or smell like fish, do your research. Cats are curious and you should be too.
Step 2. You should be shy when you are with people you do not know, but warm and welcoming when you meet them
Cats are generally cautious and sometimes distant with people at first. Don't immediately make friends with everyone you meet; this is more like behaving like a dog. Allow people to earn your trust and friendship. In this way, you will have valuable friends for life.
Step 3. Ignore people and then ask for their attention when you want it
Be picky about how much time you spend with people. Cats don't always like to have all the attention and you shouldn't like it either. Stay away from someone if you need some alone time. You can just rejoin the conversation when you're ready to be social again.
- Demand your own personal space. If you need to be alone, don't let people bother you. Cats will let you know by hissing or growling if they are tired of the attention.
- Being talkative will let people know that you want to socialize, and keeping quiet will show them that you no longer want to socialize, just like a cat.
Step 4. Gently head and stroke people you like
When you are around someone, you can show affection, especially in a physical way. Cats like to massage people with their paws and rub their heads to mark their territory. You can rub your friends' backs or caress your partner to show that you like them.
Only do these things with people who are close to you or they may not understand what you are doing
Step 5. Bring gifts to people
You don't need to go that far and catch mice and other animals to drop them off at your friends' doorstep, but giving gifts and providing freshly killed prey is the way cats show affection. Dead mice are the equivalent of giving a bauble to show your friend that you think of him.
Cats also hunt and leave their prey to provide food for their owners. You can take care of people you like by feeding them (for example, cooking a meal or sharing part of your lunch)
Step 6. Be naughty
Make little scrambles by knocking things off the counters, sit on people when they try to work on something, or be curious and rummage through cabinets and behind doors. Cats are adorable, but they can be in the way and inconvenience you. Have a little fun, for example, by blocking your view of the television when someone tries to watch a program.
Don't be obnoxious. If someone asks you to stop, respect their space and stop mimicking a cat
- Observe cats to learn more about their behavior and movements. If you can't keep a cat as a pet, spend time with a friend who has one.
- Watch movies like "Catwoman" or the musical "Cats" to see how humans mimic feline agility, movement, and body language.