What tale does a cat’s tail tell?




In ancient Egyptian times, cats were worshipped for their relationship with the gods and judging by their behaviour in modern times, this ideal still seems fresh in their memories.

Dogs are easy to understand; a wag of the tail and we know they are happy, a growl or whimper and we know they are upset or ill – nothing a trip to the local vet on your Oneplan Pet insurance won’t sort out.

With cats however, it can be extremely difficult to tell. They could have the same look of delight whether being offered a piece of tuna or being shouted at for clinging to the curtains in the lounge.

There is a reason why Cassius Marcellus Coolidge never incorporated any cats into his famous paintings of dogs playing poker: the dogs would never have stood a chance.

Fortunately for us humans, cats do have one tell that they don’t seem have control over. Something that openly communicates what their eyes cleverly disguise. Their tails!

As reliable as Oneplan Pet insurance a cat’s tail is sure to tell you everything you need to know about their state of mind.

Here is what we can learn from observing the position and posture of a cat’s tail:

Tail up:

The high tail position indicates confidence within their territory. When their tail is pointed straight up, it shows their eagerness to be friendly and approachable.

The question mark:

The tail in the shape of a question mark usually tells us that the cat in in the mood to play and that it is possibly looking for some fun and affection.


(Image credit: moggiepurrs)

Tail low:

Careful now! We’ve all come home from a long day at work and taken our mood out on those around us. Cats are no different. A low tail could be a sign of aggression. Although certain cat breeds do differ, it’s worth being a little cautious. If your cat begins to whip its tail quickly back and forth it is demonstrating both fear and aggression. Give it room and allow it to calm down.

Tail tucked away:

This could indicate fear. Perhaps something has your kitty spooked and it may be worth checking your surroundings for possible causes. In extreme circumstances, brave cats might try to puff out their tails in an attempt to look bigger and scare away a potential threat.

The swishing tail:

Just like many people unknowingly stick their tongues out when they concentrate, a cat’s tail will slowly swish when its mind is focused, perhaps on an insect it has noticed or the cotton ball that it is about to pounce on while you are knitting.

Tail around another cat:

his again might mimic human behaviour in the sense that it shows companionship, in the same manner that we as people will put our arms around a friend’s shoulder, a cat will wrap its tail around another. A true sign of kitty friendship.

Main image credit: lovemeow

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