Cat tail language: the tale of the tail

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Do you speak cat tail speak?

Cat Tail Language: Cats communicate with “telltail” signs! Animals talk with us and each other using a variety of body languages and sounds. Most people know that when a dog wags its tail it means happiness, but cats have their own “tail speak.” Learning it will help you understand what your little purr-son is telling you.

Cat tail language is involuntary. Cats can combine tail positions with other messages, such as putting their ears back, vocalizations, and poofing their fur. Tail motions can be good indicators of a cat’s mood. Tail language differs in dogs and cats. Even though dogs and cats might make the same movements, those movements don’t always mean the same thing.

In deciphering cat body language, it’s important to consider the context of the situation and the cat’s personality. For instance, a waving tail can have more than one meaning. If gentle, it can mean playfulness, but if it’s done emphatically, it can mean anger or aggression.

Below are a list of feline tail tells and their meanings:

CAT TAIL MEANING CHART (to come)

Tail Straight Up: This tail language usually denotes contentment and confidence and is territorial. It is also a sign that your cat is feeling extremely friendly and happy. Your cat will be accommodating to petting and cuddling while her tail is positioned this way. Mother cats also stick their tails up in there air when they want to be followed out by their kittens.

Tail Flicking When Cat Is Lying Down: Tail flicking can usually be interpreted as aggression in cats. They tend to flick their tails when they are focused on something or stalking their prey. Some cat behaviorists think the back-and-forth motion mesmerizes prey. A slow flick from side to side is an indication that they are feeling remote and would instead be left alone instead of being petted. And a fast swishing could mean irritation.

Tail Resting on the Ground: Cats do this when their environment is being threatened, and they’re trying to evaluate the threat. You might want to leave them alone till they consider the coast clear and resume their routine.

Tail Tucked Beneath Their Legs: This tail position can be assumed cats that are threatened or frightened. The crouch in an attempt to make themselves small and hideaway. You can pet your cat to reassure it of its safety.

Tail Hair Standing On End: Your cat might bristle its tail when on guard to defend itself against an attack. He might also bristle his tail if he’s startled or handled too roughly. It’s a defensive position, and it’s best to drop them before they resort to snarling and nipping. They also blow out their hair to make themselves look more significant than the threat

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Kitten tail wagging. Look who’s stalking!

Tail Wagging: Unlike dogs when cats wag their tails, it’s usually not to express happiness but anger or irritation. But there are exceptions. Is your cat wagging the tip of her tail? A little wag or twitch at the end of an upright tail can also show that your cat is momentarily excited.

What about kittens? “Tail speak” is instinctual and you see it in kittens too. For instance, kitten tail wagging can mean the little dear is on the hunt!

Why does my cat hit me with her tail? It may mean your cat feels annoyed that you’re petting her and is just not in the mood. If you’re not petting the cat, the cat may be annoyed with something else and you just happen to be there. If your cat is wrapping her tail around you, that’s a sign of affection–a tail hug.

We hope these signs can help you in better understanding and interpreting the tail language of your cats.

Also, note that each pet is unique and special, so study your cat carefully to know what each tail movement means.

6 ways to tell if your cat is bored, and 6 feline boredom busters

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Is your cat BORED? 6 ways to tell, and 6 ways you can liven up its life

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Oh, the ennui.

Contrary to popular opinion, cats are not lazy, remote animals who like to be left alone to prowl, eat, groom themselves, and take catnaps. Cats are actually very active creatures who need attention and lots of fun activities to keep them engaged. Living with humans, cats don’t get to do their natural thing, which is to hunt. And indoor cats don’t get to explore the smells, textures, and sounds of the outdoors. Yes, cats can get bored if left by their lonesome with nothing to stimulate them. Boredom often goes with loneliness and depression in cats, so be sure you take these signs and symptoms seriously. Below are a few pointers that help you recognize when your cat is bored and what you can do do to liven things up for kitty.

Signs you’ve got a bored cat on your hands:

1 Ruined Furniture: A bored feline will claw at your furniture to amuse itself. You’ll find scratches made by your cat on chairs and couches in an attempt to take out its frustration.

2 Balding: Sure, grooming is normal for cats. But excessive grooming due to boredom is not normal or healthy. It can lead to loss of hair and shedding.

3 Constant hunger pangs: Just like people, cats are prone to emotional eating. Overeating can be a sign of boredom in cats. Hovering around the food bowl shows how little entertainment they have.

4 Attention-seeking: Unusual clinginess from a formerly aloof cat is also a way to detect a bored cat.

Messiness: A cat will revolt by tearing up papers and scratching furniture.

Not using the box. This is a passive-aggressive sign that your cat is fed up with routine.

Note: The above signs can all be indicators of boredom, they could also mean other things such as medical problems, so keep up with the vet appointments.

Here are a few cat boredom busters:

1 Toys: Cats love playing and batting and chasing things. Even something as simple as a cotton ball would be perfect for running after and clawing at. Takes their attention away from your furniture. Cats should have a variety of toys. There are some great interactive cat toys for bored cats.

2 Pretend Hunting: Build little tunnels with cardboards and place rubber mice at the end of each. We all know the cat and mouse relationship.

3 A Room with a View: Staring at the world outside is a great cat boredom buster. Make sure she/he has a comfy perch by a window to watch the action. If it’s doable, allow your cat supervised visits to the garden for some fresh air and rolls in the grass. 4 Grooming: Brushing your cat’s fur or just rubbing them down now and then is an excellent way to battle boredom.

5 Fun Diet: Make mealtime exciting and varied. Always try new, colorful bowls and give your kitty special treats. You might try a puzzle feeder to make eating more fun.

6 Plants for cats. There are quite a few plants and herbs you can grow or get in dried form that are safe for kitties to smell, play with, and nibble. Catnip of course is one, but there are others too that cats can enjoy, such as parsley and rosemary.

We know caring for a pet can be a big job, but it’s a mighty rewarding one. We hope these help you keep a healthy and fun-filled lifestyle for your kitty.