Cats are wonderful critters; they are different in behavior, attitude, and needs than let’s say a dog, rabbit, or Sun Conure. We want to know as much about them as we can, just like we want to know about dogs, rabbits and birds in order for us to properly care for them.
Did you know you can learn a lot about your cat from its tail? I was reading an article by Dr. Karen Becker and she gives great insight into what the tail is saying.
What about the:
Tail standing straight up and quivering
If you’ve spent much time watching cats, you’ve seen it – a tail that stands straight up and quivers. This is a sign the feline is feeling fine and experiencing anticipation, pleasure, or excitement. You may notice this when he’s caught a mouse, or hears the familiar sound of the can opener humming, meaning dinner’s on the way.
Straight up tail
A cat who’s feeling confident, comfortable, and content holds his tail high and straight.
Tall tail with a question mark
You may notice cat’s tail standing tall with a slight curve on the end, like a question mark. This means cat is feeling playful and ready for human interaction and communication – one of the reasons why kitties make such great pets.
Tail tucked underneath
When cat sees or hears something alarming or frightening, he may begin acting strange or automatically try to make himself look smaller. This usually means he tucks his tail, literally, between his legs.
For more about what your cat is saying with its tail, click here The Silent Messages Cats Send with Their Tails.
Once we learn to recognize the signals the cat is sending we will find a better understanding that enable us to have a deeper relationship with a cat.