Your cat’s tail is not only used for balance. Cats use their tails as a sign of emotion and communication, as
well as to indicate the mood they are feeling.
Remember those trendy 1970s rings? They came back not too long ago. Remember how a ring will
change colors as our mood changes. Well, our cat’s tails can tell us what her mood is. You just have to
know what to look for.
In a sense, our cats are talking to us with their tails. If we learn to recognize their different tail messages,
we can become better communicators with our friends. We can better understand their thoughts and
Here is a list of the different cat tail positions and what they mean. This is a general list of definitions.
Remember, like everything in life, there are exceptions to what something means. Are you ready? Let’s
Held High– Turinga, a confident cat will keep its tail high in the air. A straight tail usually means a happy
and friendly mood. If a cat approaches you when its tail is high in the air and its tail ends, it usually means
that it adores you.
Almost every time a cataract tiger examines me, its tail trembles. It lets me know he really loves me.
Laying low The tail, straight down, parallel to the feet, may indicate aggression. So when you see this, be
careful when approaching the cat. Now some breeds are an exception to this mood indicator. Some breeds
tend to carry tails below, such as the exotic, Persian and Scottish folds.
Question mark? – When the tail is curled into a question mark shape, your cat is in a playful mood. It’s a
good time to find one of your favorite toys and play with them.
My midnight tuxedo cat is little known for showing me this tail position when he wants to play. His
favorite game is the ball ball (remember I talked about this in another email).
Tucked Under– A straight tail just below your body says your cat is scared and nervous. You should be
careful when approaching.
Whip motion- Tail flapping fast back and forth can mean both fear and aggression. That tail says I’m
Twitcher- When your kitten’s tail twitches, it means they’re curious and excited.
a whisper is heard– Slowly rotating tail usually means that their attention is focused on a specific object.
They will show this tail position right before you hook something … like a cat toy, insect, moving object,
and so on.
All inflated– I’m sure you have seen the cat’s tail getting thicker, it looks oily and tight … also known as
pussy or pussy. This means that your cat is very excited, scared or scared. Cats do this to make other
animals, usually other cats, look bigger and scary. It is a defense mechanism designed to confuse and
deter potential attackers.
Tail to tail– When a cat wraps its tail around another cat, he / she demonstrates feline friendship. It’s a
sign of love.
Well, you have it. You just learned the tale of a tail. These are the secrets your friend is trying to tell you
with his tail.
Learning these tail positions will give you a better understanding of cat behavior. This will help you and
your cat get closer. Pretty cool, right?