Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails? – 12 Real Reasons Behind

Cat as a pet is a little ball of fur walking around your rooms and living its mysterious life. Felines too try to give some signals and communicate with you, like canines. However, their tail wagging gestures should not be interpreted the same way as of dogs. Cats are not always signalling happiness with their tail wag. If this is true, then you must be puzzled with a question as to why do cats wag their tails? In this article, we will also discuss various facts related to a cat’s tail. Read on

11 Interesting Facts about Cat Tails

  1. The tail movements in cats are purely voluntary.
  2. Their tails are highly flexible to curl in different ways.
  3. Bones present in their tails are actually 10% of the total bones in their bodies.
  4. Tail is actually an extended spine in cats.
  5. Even the hair-strands of cats’ tails change according to the changes in their mood.
  6. Most cats also love if the base of their tail is stroked.
  7. Tail base in cats have many nerves.
  8. Tail-sizes in cats vary among different breeds. Surprisingly, they vary in same breeds too.
  9. Some cats do not have tail at all, like Manx cats.
  10. Tail-size in cats is generally not related to the body-size.
  11. Tails also provide balance to cats for climbing.

Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?

Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails

So, what does it actually mean when a cat wags its tail? Here are few true reasons behind:

1. Straight And Upward Tail

A tail in standing position or straightened up position, indicates friendly emotion in your cat.

2. Tail Swishes While Raised

This indicates that your cat is upset about something. It is going through a strong emotional drive.

3. Raised Up And Hooked Tail

A tail that is raised up and hooked at the end indicates an unsure yet a happy cat.

4. Inverted “U” Shaped Tail

This shape is created by hooking of the tail at the base. This indicates anger in your cat, especially, towards other cats.

5. Quivering And Straightened Up Tail

This type of tail wagging is triggered by the excitement your cat feels when it sees you after a long time.

6. Tail Raised At An Angle

Such a tail is observed in your cats when it is skeptical about something like your new friends or on seeing other cats. This does not indicate any threatening scenario.

7. Thrashing Tail

Such a tail position is tricky to interpret, as it requires that you understand the body language of your pet. It signals a bunch of emotions like excitement, playful invitation, sharp focus on something, aggression etc. etc.

 8. Horizontal Tail

This tail position is confusing too. It means several feelings of your cat like alertness, friendliness, relaxed mood.

9. Straight And Downward Tail

This is generally a depiction of anger, but before assuming anything you should look out for the gestures that follow and then decide about your cat’s mood.

10. Tail Between Legs

This indicates submissive state of your cat due to something that it is upset about.

11. Bristled Tail

A bristled tail is seen when your cat is in aggression or scared or is defensive. Following this tail movement, it either will escape from the situation or will defend itself.

12. Tail Twining

Cats twine their tail around every object or person or other cats to mark their authority over them. So if your cat or any other cat does so with you, keep in mind that you are in its good-books now.

If your cat is showing no tail movements at all, it is probably suffering from a “dead tail” or any other tail related disorder. If you discover this kind of condition in your cat, take it to the veterinary hospital at the earliest. Besides medications, take proper care of your cat at home.

If you are a cat lover, then I’ll be glad to share with you some fun facts about your little ball of fur that will amaze you and make you fall for your cat again.

  • Cats can make about 100 different sounds.
  • “Clowder” is the term for a group of cats.
  • It is believed that the number of domestic cats in the world is around 500 million.
  • Cats spend most of their day sleeping, which is 2/3rd part of the day on an average.
  • Felicette was the first cat to travel in space. It was a French cat and was also called “Astrocat”.
  • A cat can hear better than a dog.
  • Egyptian history has many references of cats and they are believed to have domesticated them first.
  • In ancient Egypt, it was illegal to smuggle cats out of the country. Punishment could also mean death for such a crime.
  • “Siberian Tiger” is the biggest wild cat, presently, measuring more than 12 feet in length.
  • “Black-footed cats” are the smallest wild cats, measuring less than 20 inches in length.
  • Some countries like Australia and Britain consider black-cats to be lucky, while in some regions of the world like India, North America, Europe, it is considered as a sign of bad luck.
  • Fairy tale “Cinderella”, in its original version (Italian), holds a cat as the Godmother.
  • It is also believed that when Noah wanted to protect the food on the arch from rats, he prayed to God. Thereby, a cat emerged from a lion’s sneeze.
  • It is also said that Mohammed had a tabby cat. Thus, comes a belief that tabby cats have ‘M’ on their heads, which stands for Mohammed.
  • In 1871, London was the first country to organize a cat show.
  • “Zeus” a hybrid of Asian Leopard Cat and Domestic Shorthair is the most expensive cat, till date.
  • Cats can detect earthquakes beforehand.
  • Cat lovers are called “Ailurophilics”.

Hopefully, this article has provided you contending information on why do cats wag their tails and also kept your interest boosted up with our fun facts. Feel free to drop by any information on tail wagging in cats, if you feel we have missed out something. Also, we would like to read about your fun incidents with your cat, in context of its tail wagging habits.

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