How to determine a cat's mood by its tail: signs you never knew existed
No one has yet been able to decipher the language of animals with utmost precision. However, experts say that to understand emotions and feelings, it is enough to simply observe your pet's behaviour. Cats, contrary to the widespread stereotype of their stubbornness and independence, are not as selfish as they are portrayed. They have their own ways of expressing gratitude.
And a cat's mood can be easily determined by its tail. OBOZREVATEL figured out why the cat's tail is called a real indicator of emotions.
Position 1: Trumpet tail
A trumpet tail is a sign that a cat is quite happy with its life. It feels safe, has plenty of food and water, and has no worries at all.
Position 2: Tail down
If your pet walks with its tail down, it means that it is better not to touch it right now. In this case, the cat is alert, focused, or interested. He is carefully studying the situation, probably feeling some tension and anxiety.
Position 3: Tail is pinned down
This is a negative signal. The cat is clearly frightened or anxious. Something has disturbed him excessively and caused stress. By the way, veterinarians say that in this way a cat can express resentment towards its owner. This is an obvious sign of dissatisfaction.
Position 4: Tip of the tail is wiggling
If only the tip of the tail moves, it means that the cat is happy to see you. This is a manifestation of friendliness and a positive attitude. Perhaps the cat wants care and attention, so try petting it.
Position 5: Sudden tail twitching
Sharp twitching or hitting the floor with the tail is an unambiguous warning signal, both for the owner and for other animals around. This is how cats express their irritation. It is better not to touch your pet in this state: now he is angry and may show aggression. The animal needs time to calm down.
Position 6: Hair on the tail is standing up
The next stage after irritation is overt aggression. If the cat's hair stands up, it means that he is ready to attack.
By the way, many aspects of behaviour depend on the breed. Mekong Bobtails and Ragdolls, for example, are very sociable and contactable; they become attached to their owners and love affection. And Hausa and Savannahs can be aggressive if you touch them when they don't want to, but this does not mean that the animal does not love you.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL told how cats know that the owner will come home soon.