Do you know that your cat’s tail is tremendously communicative? You’ll love how mobile it is. You have seen different types of tail movement, but do you know what they mean? Sometimes, cats can raise their tails up and down, move slowly or quickly, sweep from side to side, trash and twitch, curl around us, among other things. So what do all of these movements mean? Let’s see them so that we can understand them a bit better;
Tail raised back at an angle: when you see your pet doing this, know that it is a non-threatening gesture. Your pet is unsure about something. The cat usually does this while it is sniffing his new friends that have come to visit him.
Hook in the base of tail: it is also called inverted U or horseshoe tail. Every moment you see this, it means that the cat is trying to show a defensive aggression. The tail will be bristled, too. She may also arch the back and crab walk a bit. She may do this especially when she is feeling feisty about something and it looks interesting.
Tail raised up, hooked at the tip: When the pet does this, the tail looks like a question mark. So this means that he is unsure of something. But the pet is friendly.
Tail straight up: if your pet does this, then it means that it is feeling friendly. The mother cat usually holds their tails upright especially when she wants her little one to follow her. This helps the kitten see their mother. Something interesting is that the kittens can also raise theirs up when they run to greet their pet parents, too.
Thrashing tail: have you seen your pet doing this? Have you ever wondered what it means? It means a number of things. This may mean several things which include;
Anger if his tail is thumping loudly on the floor
Ecstasy is she is enjoying a grooming session
Aggression or high excitement is his tail is thrashed violently
An invitation to another pet to play
Intense interest especially is she is focusing on something, for instance, like a bird outside
Tail straight up, quivering: this is a very good sign. When your pet does this, then you should never worry because it is very happy to see you. It means a very friendly greeting. When your pet sees you coming out of your bedroom in the morning, then this is what you expect him to do.
Tail held low and straight: he is likely feeling aggressive. When you see this behavior and you want to know what it means, then you should read your pet’s other body language. You can also watch his tail and see what it develops into.
Tail held between the legs: your pet is trying to show that he is upset. It also means that he wants to be left alone. The cat looks smaller and also less threatening.
Tail-twine: This can be your favorite movement. This is cat’s friendly way of indicating that we are theirs. They can twine their tails on other objects or us. It can also mean that they want us to give them food or attention.
Twitching tail tip: The cat is busy watching something which interests him. Or the cat may be alert. He can also do this when he is playing and approach his prey.
Bristled tail: have you seen your pet’s tail puffed up like a bottle brush? It means that your pet is feeling threatened. The pet will become defensively aggressive. He can do this when he is scared, if you startle him, or if another person or cat angers him. When he bristle his hair on his back, then it means that he wants to make himself look bigger. In this case, he wants to make his aggressor leave him alone.
Tail raised up, swishing: this means a powerful emotion. Every moment you notice something like this, and then it indicates a derisive attitude. At this point, the pet wants to be left alone or it is upset. It normally does this while walking past the caretaker in acknowledgment.
Tail held horizontally behind the cat: It is a neutral position and it can convey some few feelings. At this point, your pet is alert, confident and even relaxed or amicable. But this will depend on the situation as well as the rest of the pet’s body language.
If you own cats and you want to understand them more, then these movements of tails will let you know what your pet want. It is very interesting to understand what our pets want especially that they can’t talk. Go through them and get to understand your cat more.