A cat's tail language
Published on Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Like dogs, your cat conveys her emotions through the positions of her tail. Knowing how to understand them will help you read Puss' moods better.
1. TAIL IN THE AIR WITH A CURVE
Cats will sometimes hold their tail in a way that resembles a question mark. The curve at the end of their straight tail expresses playfulness. They are feeling friendly and open to some activity.
2. PUFFY TAIL
A puffy tail often means a cat is frightened, especially when it occurs with an arched back and flattened ears. The puffiness shows an attempt to make the feline look larger and more threatening.
3. HEIGHT OF THE TAIL
Tails low to the ground indicate a cat's sense of hesitation. The feline feels uncertain and may become antagonistic. Much like in dogs, a cat with its tail tucked beneath its body is feeling fearful or submissive. The feline is uneasy with something happening in its environment.
Likewise, cats hold their tails straight in the air when they are feeling confident, content or excited. This could be the sight that greets you at the front door. Tails shaking while straight in the air mean a cat is feeling excitement and anticipation. Maybe the cat just caught a mouse and is strutting around, or it's watching its owner get supper ready.
4. TAIL WRAPPED AROUND ANOTHER
Cats will wrap their tails around you or another cat to show friendship. It is a sign of affection and display of camaraderie.
5. MOVING TAIL
A tail quickly lashing back and forth indicates a cat's irritation. The animal could also be feeling afraid and may lash out. On the other hand, cats will move their tails slowly from side to side when they are focused on a specific sight, like a bird or a toy. This movement often occurs prior to a cat pouncing.