A lot can be understood about a cat’s emotions just by paying attention to their voice. Broadly speaking, louder and higher-pitched cat calls are a sign of contentment, while lower calls can indicate frustration and are more demanding. Purring is also usually a sign of happiness, or even bliss, but is occasionally a sign that your cat is upset or startled.
A happily relaxed cat will often rest with their front paws tucked under, whiskers held in a forward position and eyes sleepy and slowly blinking. A vertical tail, either quivering slightly or with hooked top, is a sign of friendliness and wellbeing. These behaviours shouldn’t be confused with a puffy vertical tail, which is more a sign of defensive aggression.
Playful behaviour is one of the surest signs of a happy cat. Playful activities naturally subside the older your cat grows, but even frisky behaviour like paw-patting your face is still a sign that your cat is happily at ease.
Taking a cat by the scruff of the neck should not be used as an everyday method. It is far better to put your hand on the chest underneath her forearm and then support the weight of the rear with your other hand. This will give you a stable grip, and as a result you are much more likely to be dealing with a cuddly cat.