The Tales Your Cat's Tail Tells

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Your cat's tail can tell you about what's going on inside their head. Tails are good indicators of mood. Take a little time to observe your cat's behavior and you will start to get a feel of the tales the tail tells.

Tail Position: High

When your cat holds their tail high in the air as they move about their territory, they're expressing confidence and contentment. A tail that sticks straight up signals happiness and a willingness to be friendly. And watch the tip of an erect tail. A little twitch can mean a particularly happy moment.

Tail Position: Curved Like a Question Mark

You might consider taking a break from your daily business to play with your cat if you notice a curve in their tail. This tail position often signals a playful mood and a cat that's ready to share some fun with you.

Tail Position: Low

Watch out. A tail positioned straight down can signal stress or aggression. A lower tail is a very serious mood. However, be aware that certain breeds, such as Persians, tend to carry their tails low for no particular reason.

Tail Position: Tucked Away

A tail curved beneath the body signals fear or submission. Something is making your cat nervous.

Tail Position: Puffed Up

A tail resembling a pipe cleaner reflects a severely agitated, stressed and/or frightened cat trying to look bigger to ward off danger.

Tail Position: Whipping Motion

A tail that slaps back and forth rapidly indicates both fear and aggression. Consider it a warning to stay away.

Tail Position: Swishing Motion

A tail that sways slowly from side to side usually means your cat is focused on an object. You might see this tail position right before your cat pounces on a toy or a kibble of cat food that's tumbled outside the food bowl.

Tail Position: Wrapped Around Another Cat

A tail wrapped around another cat is like you putting your arm around another person. It conveys friendship.

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