Beyond meows, cats have other ways of communicating with humans. One of the most frequent are the positions and movement of our tails, through which we can easily show our state of mind.
Through this body language you can get a lot of information about us. If you have not yet learned to interpret the messages that your cat sends you through its tail, it is time to find out what each movement means.
When we raise the tail in a totally vertical position, or with the tip slightly curled, we are expressing joy. The tip folded down means that your kitty is saying hi, and of course, is happy to see you.
Does your kitty do that that when you arrive home every day? If that is the case, it loves you so much he cannot hide his happiness when it sees you again.
If your kitty approaches you and wraps you with its tail, it’s that it wants you to love it. Cats seek contact with humans and other animals through the tail, with a very friendly gesture that is usually accompanied by soft head butts and sometimes also a slight purr.
Tail supported and tip movements
Have you ever seen your cat leaning on the ground with its tail fully supported and moving the tip? That means that he is very focused looking at something or that he is very curious.
Cats that move their tail like this are eager to play, and it’s the perfect time to interact with it by throwing its favourite toy or using a fishing rod for cats.
Moving back and forth.
If a cat is relaxed and suddenly begins to move its tail abruptly like a whiplash, it’s that you are bothering it or it feels angry about something. It is the movement that we make when we try to tell our human that there is something we don’t like; it’s the first warning before attacking. If the discomfort does not stop, the tail movement is probably followed by a grunt, a bite or a scratch.
The arched tail with the tip facing downwards gives important information about your kitty. Especially if it is bristling and with a lot of volume, it means that the cat is in defence or attack position, because it is afraid or feels intimidated.
These are the most common tail positions and movements you can see in felines. And your kitty, what does it usually say when it moves its tail?