Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Cat’s Tail

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Cats are curious, compassionate, and complex creatures. Feline behavior can be hard to understand and much more challenging compared to other animals. You cannot apply your experience of other animals like dogs to cats. The latter species is vastly different. An excellent example of tail wagging of dogs and cats. Canines wag their tails when they are happy. There could be multiple reasons for felines to do so.

Careful observation is a must

If you notice your cat carefully, you will soon note that the animal just does not wag its tail. The technique of how it wags, and the behavior of the body when it wags the tail all convey certain important meanings. Many people have tried to decode feline behaviors-with limited success. Many unwanted questions still remain in this context. As a cat parent, it is vital that you know what your furball is trying to say.

Observe how your cat greets another cat. They will approach each other with tails high up in the air. The cat says “hello” to another cat when its tail is up. The meeting will have a bout of mutual head rubbing after the tail high. This rubbing is known as allorubbing and frequently follows the tail sign greeting. If the cat likes you, at first sight, it will approach you with its tail held high. Watch out for this kind of greeting. Your cat may wag its tail as a sign of greeting. This kind of behavior could be easily identified by the easy to and fro movement of the upright tail. It signifies that your cat is content, comfortable, and happy.

Afraid and aggressive cat

The tail of the cat also shows if the animal is afraid. Your cat is scared if its hair along the spine and tail stand upright. This is termed piloerection. If you see this, slowly back out. Cats are adopting this behavior signal defensive aggression and symbolizes that it is extremely afraid. The cat is trying to make itself look larger to frighten the enemy. A cat only adopts this behavior if it is extremely frightening. If you see your cat doing this, try to calm it down. Slow down your movements and reassure it that all is okay.

Do understand that a few cats can be aggressive. As a cat owner, you can locate offensive aggression by the animal’s tail being arched upwards from the base. The tail then curls down towards its legs. It may or may not be possible to see any piloerection. For cats, it is a much more subtle posture. This could be the animal’s final visual warning before the attack. More devious cats learn to hide this display before the attack if you notice this position, slowly back away.