Your feline can be aloof and mysterious, but there’s one way to decipher her mood… by watching her tail. Your cat’s tail has both physical and emotional uses. It’s up to you to learn how to read the signals.
Your cat’s tail is used for…
Balance – Like a counterweight, her tail helps her balance when she walks, jumps or sits, especially in tight spots like window ledges. It also helps her make sharp turns when she’s running.
Communication – One of the best ways to judge your cat’s mood is to watch her tail. Here are a few signals your cat may give you with her tail:
- A tail held straight up in the air shows confidence, excitement or contentment.
- If your cat holds her tail high with a rounded hook at the end, she’s likely feeling friendly or playful.
- Your cat is focused and getting ready to pounce if she slowly swishes her tail back and forth.
- If her tail whips side to side quickly, however, she is likely annoyed or fearful and may get aggressive.
- When your cat assumes the classic Halloween pose—an arched back and a spiky or fluffed up tail—she’s facing a perceived threat.
- A tail tucked under her body shows fear or submission.