A cat tail is an amazing and beautiful thing. Not only is it, it s an excellent tool for feline self-expression. Even the most obtuse of humans can learn the secrets of this behaviorВв cat tail talk, if you will в with a little observation, and your cat will love you even more if you can interpret her special cat tail sign language. Here are the facts behind some of my favorite cat tail signs and what they mean. 1. Cat tail in the air
When SinГad and Siouxsie were kittens, they d come running up to me with their tails held high the minute I opened my apartment door. This would quickly be followed by purrs and head bonks all over my shoes. Nothing says, OMG, I love you so much and I m so happy to see you! quite like high-tailed kittens. It sВ a cat tail sign that needs little translation. 2. Question mark cat tail A cat that approaches you with an erect tail with a tiny hook at the end is saying, I m friendly and I m also just a tiny bit tentative and curious.
May I come to you? I saw this a lot in my shelter cats, and my own kitty roommates do that when guests come over to visit. As soon as you say something like, Hello, darling, and reach out a hand, the tail straightens out and you re greeted with head bonks and love. 3. The tip twitch If you re petting your cat and you start seeing the tip of her tail twitch a little bit, that s an early sign that your cat is getting overstimulated and wants you to back off. If you see the tip twitch, you should heed this polite request. 4. The single flip When I scold Bella for getting on the counter while I prepare her food, she hops onto the floor and does a single whole-tail twitch. I interpret this as the cat tail language equivalent of a teenager s smart-ass comment and reply with, Don t you twitch your tail at me, young lady! 5.
The cat tail hug When Thomas climbs into my lap while I m sitting at the computer, he either drapes himself over my arm or settles in for a snuggle and wraps his tail around my wrist. I call this a tail hug and I melt every time it happens. 6. Exclamation point cat tail When Bella gets startled, she jumps backwards and her tail instantly goes full vertical and all the fur stands on end. This is her equivalent of Eek! For her, it doesn t seem to mean I m terrified as much as You shocked the hell out of me and I kinda liked it! When I see her in exclamation-point-tail mode, I gently stroke said tail and tell her, Oh, Bella, what are you all fat-tailed for? Then it s time for skritches around the neck and ears as she slowly de-floofs. 7. Cat tail tag Thomas absolutely loves to play tail tag with Bella.
He flicks his tail back and forth, all the while looking at Bella with wide eyes. Bella gets all excited and starts smacking at his tail. Here s a video of a tail tag game in action. 8. Hunting tail When my cats are stalking rodents or their favorite interactive toys, they hunker down with their tails stretched out behind them. The very end of their tails twitch just the tiniest bit, as if it s the only way they have to discharge some of the adrenalin coursing through their bodies. Tell us: What are your favorite tail talk phrases? Share them in the comments. Bonus points if you have photos or videos of the tail talk in action. Thumbnail:В Photography ВGlobalP Thinkstock. Read more about cat tails on Catster. com: 5 Cool Cat Tail Facts About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games.
She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their award-winning cat advice blog, since 2003. You\’ve heard your kitten talk to you with a variety of meows, but he has another language, too: body language. His tail is a vital part of his body language. By looking at the position of his tail, you can get information about how he\’s feeling. While a high tail indicates happiness, a swishing tail means he\’s cross or nervous. A tail curled like a question mark means he wants to play. If he tucks his tail between his legs, it means he\’s scared and submissive. If he\’s angry, his tail will be low and he may rapidly whip it from side to side. Kitty\’s tail is kind of like a built-in mood ring.