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HOW CATS COMMUNICATE WITH THEIR TAILS

Cats are often viewed as less verbal than dogs when it comes to communicating with their owners. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t saying just as much in other ways though! Read below to see how cats use their tails to communicate their emotions.


Tails held high in the air are often a sign of happiness or comfort with a person. You may notice your cat holds its tail up high when meeting you after a time apart or when greeting you while entering a room.


A raised and curled tail (kind of in the shape of a question mark) shows that a kitty is curious or not completely sure what to think of a particular situation. This often comes up when your cat is exploring new areas or when meeting a new person.


If you’re petting your cat and you start seeing the tip of her tail twitch a little bit, that’s an early sign that your cat is getting overstimulated and wants you to back off. If you see the tip twitch, you should heed this polite request.


When your cat poofs out the fur on its tail and raises it up, it can be a sign of aggression or anger. This is the same concept seen in many wild animals that puff up their fur in order to look bigger and intimidating in stressful situations.


Tails strait down or held low against the hind quarters usually indicate fear or worry from your kitty. This is similar to what many people imagine as the “tail between the legs” expression known well in dogs.


A care-free kitty usually expresses its attitude with a care-free tail. If a cat’s tail is lazily flopping back and forth, it can indicate he is comfortable or enjoying himself.


When your cat is playing with or “stocking” one of its toys, you will probably notice its “hunting tail”. A cat will keep its tail strait back and out of view of its “prey” with usually only the tip of the tail waggling to indicate its excitement.

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Cedar Valley Humane Society

7411 Mt Vernon Rd, SE

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

319-362-6288

Shelter Hours

Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Saturday: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

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