Successful communication with your beloved purr is one of the key elements that allow you to build a close relationship and meet the needs of our ward. So it is worth to find out what the tail wagging in a cat means, what its purring tells us and what message it sends us with its hissing. Your favorite will be grateful to you!
Communication between the cat and the caregiver takes place on several levels. First of all, verbal signals are important-in cats they are: purring, meowing, squeaking, howling, growling, hissing, pushing, screaming and other sounds that our favorites can make out of themselves (sometimes we may even be shocked how our cats and cats sound!).
Secondly, any odour signals that cats leave behind, such as urinating or rubbing against the keeper’s feet, are important. Thirdly, the general body language is suggestive, and not only the tail wagging in the cat, that is, its whole posture, movements, arrangement of ears, hair, vibrations, and also the tail. We should not interpret these elements separately, because only the full picture will give us a holistic view of the pet.
The cat is waving its tail – why, how and what it conveys to us?
The cat’s tail performs many functions. The most important thing is the one related to the movement. The tail helps our purr to maintain balance and it is thanks to it that cat climbing is possible, e.g. on narrow stair rails or fences. Communication is another important issue. Thanks to the way our cat waves its tail (or moves it), we can try to read its emotions and needs.
What do the specific positions and movements of the cat’s tail mean?
- Tail upright – indicates the satisfaction of our purr and good mood. Moreover, when the cat is clearly happy, its tail can also wiggle in this position. If the whole body is erect, and yet the tip is slightly bent, we can take this as a sign of a neutral mood;
- Vertical tail wagging in a cat (in this case a vertically positioned tail) – not much to do with joy. Yes, there is a note of satisfaction, but also anxiety. It is a movement associated with a kind of ambivalence and increased readiness to escape or attack. Although, just as importantly, the cat is waving his tail also in a situation in which it is intended to encourage fun. It is worth paying attention to the wider picture, which will allow us to more accurately assess the intentions of the pet;
- Waving the tip of the tail – if only it moves, at a measured and fairly calm pace, means the focus of our purr. He may be then, for example, interested in flying birds outside the window. As his arousal increases, so does the speed of his tail movements. The speed is high, intense and even violent? The cat then tells us about anger, and irritated can attack. It’s better not to hook him then.;
- Tail Moody – can be directed down or straightened up, indicates a high negative emotions of the cat and a high risk of attack;
- Tucked between the hind paws – this is a fairly clear sign of fear or insecurity. It can also indicate submission or fear, which can in some sense be a response to the reaction of the guardian, for example, to a broken vase or a spilled drink from a cup (cats often very well Sense which situations do not meet with human approval);
- Neutral tail setting – when the cat’s tail is an extension of the back or freely hangs down, it indicates the calm that our purr feels. He then has a neutral attitude to the world around him and is not affected by any extreme emotions (neither exceptionally good nor bad).
Cat talk – what sounds does the cat make?
The already mentioned verbal signals are a very important element of communication on the cat-man line. What can they mean? As for the purring of the pet, which is associated primarily with his peace and happiness, it is really ambiguous. Yes, it can mean a relaxed purr, but it can also express the concern of our ward. Then this sound is aimed at calming yourself or, if, for example, the cat is a mother, also kittens. When our friend is very excited, he can often make squeaks or a kind of chirping. Hissing, on the other hand, means fear and a desire to scare off the opponent. It’s the same with growling.
When it comes to meowing, it is a very interesting form of human contact, because the meows have developed it precisely in connection with the need for socialization with people. Meowing is a cat’s response to our human speech. Moreover, meowing can mean a lot and often depends on the individual characteristics of the cat. For example, our ward meows differently when we leave the house, and he shows his displeasure, and differently when he is waiting for food and wants to urge us. Any caregiver who carefully observes and gets to know his favorite will perfectly understand his message.
Wagging the tail at the cat and the posture of the body of our pet
The movements and positions of the cat’s tail described above are not the only element that we need to pay attention to in the body of the pet. The key to understanding the nonverbal communication of our purr is to look at the overall posture of its body.
Did you know that:
- cat relaxed – usually does not make sounds, possibly purrs. Its vibrations are directed slightly down, and the ears are standing. The purr is most often lying or sitting, has a calm breathing and a motionless lying tail (possibly freely hanging or curled up);
- the cat is alert – it has a compact body, the legs and the entire back of the back are lowered, and the tail moves nervously. The cat’s eyes are wide open, and its head turns in the direction from which any sounds come. He himself makes no sound and is ready – if necessary – to escape;
- the cat is frightened – it has ears pointing back, the fur bristles along the entire length of the tail and on the back, which is bent in an arc. In this case, the cat does not wag its tail. It is then motionless and adheres very close to the body. It also happens that, frightened by something, the purr of the ball bounces on Bent paws near the ground, clinging flat to it;
- attacking cat – assumes an attack usually in a moment of great terror. His pupils are then widely dilated, his ears are located, his vibrating movements can be tilted back. Often there is a hissing or loud howling. The tail is retracted, and the whole body lowered, which makes our pet ready for an immediate attack of the enemy (or escape).
It is worthwhile to look closely at our feline favorites, because in addition to the general determinants associated with their way of communication, everyone uses unique forms of communication with the caregiver. Therefore, the better we understand the behavior characteristic of a particular purr, the easier it will be for us to respond to its needs. Wagging the cat’s tail will be no secret to us then!