Cats are great communicators, if you know how to speak their language.
A cat’s tail position can act as a barometer for his/her mood.
Tail wagging is a way to communicate those feelings with us, but we must consider the entire picture, including non-tail body language and overall demeanor, before accurately interpreting it.
When we learn to read the messages our cats are sending us, we will be able to respond accordingly and develop a trusting, respectful relationship with our beloved felines.
Here are six reasons why your cat may be engaging in this behavior:
A cat that is holding its tail in an upright, vertical position can be considered in a playful mood. This is a playful stance that lets other cats -- and you! -- know that your pet is open for interaction.
When your cats feel scared or frightened, it may wag its tail low to the ground. At times, they may even tuck their tail between their legs in submission.
This position indicates that they do not want to engage in conflict. There are also times when your cat has an erect tail, arched back and pushed-back ears.
This means that your cat is still scared but very much willing to fight the aggressor in question, may it be another animal or an inanimate object that startles or scares them.
When your cat's tail is upright and shaking from the base up, this typically means that it is excited. This is mostly noticeable during feeding time or when you just arrived home.
This is also a posture that they exhibit when urinating or marking his/her territory. During these times, a cat will typically be backed up against the edge of the litter box, a wall or a piece of furniture.
Unlike dogs, cats often wag their tails back and forth when they're annoyed.
Slight twitching at the end of the tail suggests minor annoyance, and a widely swishing or slapping tail is a sure sign that the cat wants you to stop what you’re doing.
For instance, your cat may flick her tail if she wants you to stop petting her.
Wagging their tails back and forth could also mean that they are trying to hunt and mesmerize their prey. If you see your pet's tail swooshing back and forth, it could only be a matter of time until it leaps into action.
You might notice your sleeping cat's tail twitches slightly when you pet or talk to her. This is a sign of security! It is also their way of expressing acknowledgement to let its owner know that it feels safe at his/her presence.
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