The kitties let me know when they are ready for attention, be it for play, loving, or food.
Andy comes up to me and goes [pat-pat-pat] on my arm while giving me a look of extreme anxiety: “I won’t let you know what I want, but I want it now!”
Dougy has another approach. He stretches out directly in my path. I have to step over him to move from one are to the next. When I get closer, he gets up, walks back and forth in front of me, making sure he gets maximum expression of his intent across: “I won’t tell you what I want, but I want it now!”
I guess the message is the same, just the delivery is different. After it’s delivered, it’s up to me to figure out what the little darlings want or need.