Our pet cats can communicate in so many ways - they even use their tails to signal others how they are feeling! Check out these 12 gestures to gain an idea about the many possible meanings of your cat's tail language.
A cat can use its tail as a signalling mechanism. A high tail often suggests confidence or happiness and can be used as a friendly greeting. A half-raised tail can indicate less pleasure, while a low hung tail can show unhappiness.
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A cat's tail can also swing from side to side. Slow and gentle swinging often suggests a cat is relaxed and monitoring its surroundings.
A twitched tail tip can suggest the cat is hunting or may be irritated, while lots of twitching can indicate displeasure. If a cat is becoming irritated and on the verge of biting and scratching, the tail is typically very low to the ground and moving quickly from side to side.
A surprised or scared cat may puff its tail. And an excited and extremely happy cat, for example during play, may hold its tail completely straight up.
Next time you are with your cat, try to read their tail language to see what's going on.