Cat’s Tail Reveals Their Mood
Cats use their tails as a way to express their moods and as a way to communicate with other cats and humans. If you have been sharing your life with a cat, you may already be aware of the signals that your cat is sending out through her tail. But just in case you aren’t familiar with your cat’s body language, here are a few tips about tail talk.
Tips about the Tail
One of the things first time cat parents might misunderstand is when a cat wags her tail. Many times people mistake this as a sign of happiness, just like when a dog wags her tail. But when a cat starts swinging her tail, it is a sign that she is growing impatient and that petting and/or play time is over.
When the cat’s tail begins swinging faster, this means she is getting angry. As a general rule, the faster and wider your cat swings her tail is an indication of her level if irritability. At this point she may hiss, scratch or bite if her wishes are not respected.
Cats use their tails as a way to avoid a direct confrontation with other cats and so may think humans understand too. An angry cat’s tail will be straight up and bristled out, making the tail appear fatter. Often times a cat will hiss when exhibiting her fat tail.
A cat on the hunt will only move her tail in a subtle motion as a way to communicate with her fellow hunters but without warning their prey. You might see this subtle tail action when you are playing with your cat.
If your cat is afraid, she may curl her tail around her body and if she chooses to avoid a confrontation she will bring her tail down and curl it under her between her back legs.
When you come home your cat may greet you with her tail straight up in the air and perhaps even with a slight vibration and motion. This is her way of telling you she is happy you are home. This happiness is also expressed by nuzzling up against your legs and a few vocalizations.
If your cat’s tail is down while walking around it means she is relaxed and just hanging out.
These tail tips are just one of the ways in which you can learn to communicate with your cat. It is important to consider other signs of communication from your cat’s ears, eyes and posture as well and not to rely solely on the tail.