How Cats Use Their Tails To Communicate
Posted On April 30, 2021
Your cat’s tail can tell you a lot about your cat’s mood. I love studying my cats and watching them for a long time. I find that I am learning more about them through their body language, which helps me understand them better. I also love watching people, as their body language is equally interesting and tells me a lot about our society.
Your cat’s tail can move in many different ways. There’s the gentle contraction that Cassie uses when she’s eating. Then there is the slow ‘tail wave’ when she is lying on my lap being stroked. It will often speed up the wave or make it stronger if I’m cross stitching or reading and not paying enough attention to it. He will also put his tail on the book so that he stops reading so he can pay more attention to it. This is a deliberate action on your part.
The body language of cats is fascinating. So is the body language of any animal, including humans, which is why I love studying them. And the tail is a special part of the body language of cats and a wonderful tool they use to communicate with us.
If you notice that your cat’s tail is completely fluffy, it is most likely scared or angry and trying to appear bigger. Usually the coat will stand on end for the same reason. If the tail is upright, your cat is happy and content, while a low tail between the legs means that he is unhappy about something or being submissive to an alpha cat. One that is waving back and forth at an angle means she might be teasing and not interested in you at all right now. He is the cat equivalent of a surly and uncooperative teenager “giving him the finger.”
A hooked tail means your cat wants to be friends but isn’t really sure about you, and one that’s straight and pointed at a 45-degree angle shows you another cat that doesn’t feel threatened but doesn’t really know. to the newcomer. . She’s ready to be friends when her tail is at this angle.
If your cat is sitting up and its tail is wagging from side to side, it is telling you that it is excited, angry, or irritable. You will need to be careful and watch out for other body language cues, such as hissing or pinched ears. If the tail simply wags when it is sitting, it means that it is alert and interested in what is going on around it. This might be a good time to start playing with her or to teach her a new trick.
A downward sloping tail means that your cat could become aggressive and if you notice the tail sticking out a bit before tipping down, be careful as that means it feels cornered or defensive and could become aggressive and attack quickly.
I love to see my cat’s tail held back as it means my cat is in a good mood. She does not feel aggressive or worried about anything, life treats her well. Even better is to see his tail up and tremble slightly, as this means that he is happy to see me.
Study your cat as often as you can. You can learn a lot about their mood just by observing their body language, especially the language of the tail. And I suggest that you teach these meanings of tail wagging to your kids as soon as possible. It could help prevent scratches and bites if you know when to walk away from an angry cat. You will be surprised how many cats use their tails to communicate.