Health & Wellness
Six ways cats communicate with their tails
Talk to the tail
Cats are mysterious, so few people realize that they can actually communicate with their tails just like dogs. Dr. Ernie Ward, Fetch’s pet expert, shares some wag behavior to watch out for so you can strengthen your bond with your best friend.
01: To greet you
When cats say hello, their tail is often extended high into the air and sways back and forth. If they’re greeting another cat, sometimes it’s accompanied by mutual head rubbing.
Tip: Offer up some pets to your friendly cat.
If the hairs along the tail are upright and their spine is arched, your cat is frightened. This shouldn’t be confused with aggression, they're just a little spooked.
Tip: Move slowly to help your cat calm down.
03: Your cat is agitated
You can spot aggression if the tail is arched upwards at the base and then curls down towards the legs.
Tip: Give your cat some space.
04: They’re in pain
Cats are good at hiding pain, so it’s important to look out for changes in their tail behavior. If your cat is already not feeling well and waving their tail while laying down, it could be their way of signaling discomfort.
Tip: Contact your vet.
05: Your cat is focusing
When cats wag and twitch their tail, it is a sign that they’re concentrating. If they spot something outside that catches their attention, they’ll show this wag.
Tip: Try not to be their prey.
06: An invitation to play
A slow, side-to-side swish means your cat is feeling playful.
Tip: Grab their favorite toy.
Understanding what your cat is saying through their tail wags will ensure your cat gets care if they need it and also make your bond so much stronger.
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