Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tales of the cat tail

A cat's tail can tell about what's going on inside her head. It acts as an extension of her thoughts, an indicator of her mood and a warning of intention. Take a little time to observe your cat's behavior and you’ll start to get a feel of the tales the tail tells ...
  • Tail curves gently down and then up again at the tip. Cat is relaxed and at peace with the world.
  • Tail slightly raised with a soft curve. Cat is beginning to get interested in something.
  • Tail is held erect but the tip is tilted over. Cat is in a friendly mood with slight reservations.
  • Tail fully erect with the tip stiffly vertical. This is a wholehearted greeting with no reservations.
  • Tail fully lowered and possibly tucked between hind legs. Cat is showing defeat or total submissiveness.
  • Tail lowered and fluffed out. Cat is showing active fear.
  • Tail swishing violently from side to side. Often means that the cat is about to attack.
  • Tail held still, but the tip is twitching. Mild irritation. If the twitching increases a swipe from a paw may be imminent.
  • Tail is held erect and the whole length is quivering. Gentle quivering may be seen after a cat has been greeted by its human companion. Same action may be observed when urine spraying is taking place! The gesture appears to have a meaning of personal identification...yes, this is me.
  • Tail held to one side. Sexual invitation of a female cat in heat. Signal to the male that he can mount without being attacked.
  • Tail held straight and fully bristled. Signal of an aggressive cat.
  • Tail arched and bristled. A defensive stance which may indicate cat will attack if provoked further. Bristling fur makes the cat appear bigger and may deter the enemy.

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