When a cat\’s tail seems to be whipping and shaking in a more aggressive and exaggerated manner, that can be a sign that she\’s angry about something. A really rapidly moving tail usually signifies an especially upset feline. The movement could also mean that she\’s feeling unsettled and confused — and she really isn\’t happy about it. Exercise caution and your wisest judgment around your cat when she\’s feeling this way. She might be feeling defensive against perceived — or even real — predators. If you shock her or go near her quickly, you could risk coming into close contact with her claws or even her mouth — Yikes. Leave your angry cat alone and allow her some time and space to cool off.
Humans usually associate the action of Бtail waggingБ with dogs. Canines are fairly straightforward with their tail communication. Cats, however, are way more subtle in their body language and cat tail wagging is very nuanced. , Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and author, says, БAlthough tails are expressive, eyes, ears and body positions combined with the tail language paint a more complete picture of how cats feel.
Б Cat tail wagging can mean many different things. HereБs how to decipher the messages sent by your catБs wagging tail. 1. What БThe SwishБ Means in Cat Tail Language Marilyn Krieger advises, БThe direction and speed [with] which cats move and swish their tails conveys their feelings. When felines thrash their tails quickly back and forth, it indicates that they are unhappy and want to be left alone. Tails that move slowly from left to right often indicate that cats are mildly annoyed. Sometimes, cats who are playing will swish their tails from side to side before pouncing. Б This means we should pay attention to the way our cats swish their tails and not make assumptions. 2.
What БThe TwitchБ Means in Cat Tail Language WeБve all seen it: A cat is sitting on a windowsill concentrating on nearby birds or rodents, when her tail begins twitching. ItБs not the exactly the same movement as the previously mentioned Бthrashing,Б but it may look similar. Her ears, eyes and vocalizations will indicate if sheБs upset or simply maintaining laser-sharp focus on a squirrel. As with the thumping, the twitch also carries the message, Бleave me alone. Б 3. What БThe QuiverБ Means in Cat Tail Language A БquiverБ is a quick, tiny tail wag. When your cat is excited to see you, she may approach you with her tail in a vertical position, with just the tip of it making quick, little quivering motions, similar to a rattlesnakeБs tail.
Unlike the snakeБs warning signal, a quivering kitty tail is a welcome sight and is typically accompanied by, face rubbing and sometimes even. Return the greeting, even if you canБt quite do the tail-shaking thing. 4. What БThe Sleepy FlickБ Meansб in Cat Tail Language Unlike dogs, who are more than happy to come when called, cats like to mull over the situation and decide if weБre worth their time at that exact moment. When food is involved, thereБs typically no question Б all they have to hear is the pop-top of a can and they race into the kitchen like a baseball player sliding into home base. Other times, if theyБre sleeping when we call their names, they like to play games. Instead of blatantly acknowledging us, they choose to meet us with a single Б sometimes ever-so-subtle Бб flick of a sleepy tail.
This is a catБs way of saying, БYeah, I hear you Б IБm just choosing to ignore you. Б This type of tail wagging is actually a sign of contentment because your cat is telling you thatб she feels comfortable remaining asleep in your presence. The bottom line, however, is that cats are going to do everything on their terms, which is no surprise to anyone who shares their lives with a kitty. Cat 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 respond accordingly and develop a trusting, respectful relationship with our beloved felines. Thumbnail:б Photography бGlobalP Thinkstock. б Read more aboutб how cats communicate with us on Catster. com: