Tales of Cat Tails

Tales of Cat Tails

What is my cat telling me ?

A cat’s tail is good clue to their mood; but as ever, don’t base your judgement on one factor alone. Just as humans all use body language in different ways to express themselves, so do cats!

It’s a great idea to become an expert in what your cat is telling you; and really listen to him or her to better understand your cat!

A tail that’s held aloft and curved at the end like a question mark is a sign of a happy, relaxed cat. 

A tail held straight up is the posture of a cat who’s alert and on guard. 

My Dommy has quite a short tail that ends abruptly., and doesn’t taper like most cat tails. She holds her tail up to indicate pleasure, and even quivers it slightly when she sees me to say hello! 

A puffed out tail, can signal that a cat is cold, or depending on other postures, that the cat is angry, or feeling threatened. 

A Cat entering a room will often go “meow” or “ppppprrruup” to say hello! They sometimes quiver their tail at the same time! This means your cat is excited to see you, or whatever you have for them! 

A Swishing tail usually means a cat is angry; or if they’re crouched in a “ready to pounce” posture it can mean they’re getting ready to ambush a prey item! Cats who have been hand reared or who haven’t had much socialisation with other cats as kittens will sometimes swish their tail as a sign of happiness. There are as always exceptions to the norm! My cat Minstrel  swishes his tail when he’s happy, and he grew up with his 2 siblings and cat Mummy, and they all still live together now!

A tail held level with the body is once again a sign of a cat who is hunting. It’s also a sign of a cat who is unhappy, and feels either ill, or possibly unconfident in their surroundings. 

Whiskers. Did you know the length of a cat’s whiskers is proportional to their size! This is so cats can assess gaps and other tight spaces to see if they can get in!!!

A cats eyesight is fantastic in low light, but this has compromised their close range vision. When a cat is hunting, the whiskers angle forwards at the last minute before the final strike to help them perfectly pinpoint where to make the killer bite. 

Ears. Each of a cat’s ears can swivel through 180 degrees, and each ear can move independently of the other. A cat’s hearing is remarkable, and they can detect far higher pitched sounds than humans or dogs. This to enable them to pick up sounds of prey items squeaking, or rustling in undergrowth; and even the engine of their owner’s car returning home!!!

A cat’s ears are shaped to allow them to “funnel” sounds into the inner ear. 

What do you think your cat is telling you most of the time?