Cat Body Language: The Tail
cats are constantly sending us signals through body language. To the
untrained eye, certain movements and expressions seem to contain no
hidden message. But if you look carefully, you'll see your kitty has so
much to say to you! A cat's body language speaks volumes-- sometimes far
louder than any meow or hiss could. Cat owners can learn to interpret
their kitty's nonverbal communication. Here at And My Cat, we're going
to decode the feline mind by zeroing in on a few types of cat body
language. Today we're focusing on your cat's tail! What can you learn by
looking at your kitty's caboose? A whole lot, it turns out! Next time
you see your cat flicking her tail around, take note:
Tucked around body: Give your kitty some space if
you see him wrap his tail around his body-- it means he'd rather be left
alone and given some privacy!
Vertical tail: Is your cat's tail straight up and down, like a pole? This means she's feeling confident and friendly.
Tail tucked down and between legs: This is a common
nonverbal signal in the animal kingdom, demonstrating a feeling of
defeat or perhaps showing submission to another animal. It may also be a
sign that your cat isn't feeling well.
Swishing back-and-forth: If your cat's tail is behaving like a windshield wiper, with strong strokes right and left, he's likely irritated and angry.
Slight Flicking: If you notice your kitty lightly
tapping her tail or twitching it every so often, she's probably feeling
pensive, indecisive, or a little bit annoyed.
Bristled Tail: Here's a look even non-cat people can
recognize! A bristled tail that's pointed straight up in the air is a
sign of agression, and if it's both arched and bristled, watch out! An
attack may be imminent.
Slight Downward Curve: A relaxed, happy cat will exhibit a tail that's curved gently downwards, with a slight upturning of the very tip.
Vertical with Quivering Tip: Is your kitty's tail
pointed straight up in the air, with the tip quivering around like she's
excited about something? It's a sign of affection.