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What’s your cat’s tail telling you?

21st Feb 2018

What’s your cat’s tail telling you?

You’ve probably noticed that cats have very expressive tails. Interpreting their movements will help you understand your cat much better, so you can enjoy a more rewarding relationship with them.

Helen and the rest of our vet nurse team have put together a guide to the most common cat tail movements, so you can learn to identify and translate each one.

This includes our handy infographic and also some descriptions below. However, if you have any questions or concerns about your cat’s behaviour, don’t forget you can always consult the experts here at Avenue Veterinary Clinic.

See our cat tail infographic

So, which of these is your cat displaying today?

  1. Upright tail and quiver: A straight, vertical tail is a good sign, as it means your cat is feeling friendly, happy and confident – and if there’s a quiver, it means they’re especially pleased to see you.
  2. Curved tail: A question-mark-shaped tail often suggests that a cat is feeling playful, so why not get out a few toys?
  3. Slight twitches: When your cat is concentrating – for example, watching something out of a window – it means they’re particularly interested in something.
  4. Tail tucked away: Your cat may feel fearful or nervous.
  5. Arched fluffy tail: This makes your cat’s tail appear bigger, so they’re likely to do it if they feel threatened.
  6. Low tail flick: This means either your cat is ready to pounce; or that they’re upset.
  7. Rapid tail flicks or whips: STAY AWAY. Your cat is feeling fearful or aggressive, so don’t approach them. If this happens frequently, you may wish to get in touch with us for advice. We’re always ready to help cat owners in or around Kettering.

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