What Can My Cat’s Tail Tell Me About What They Are Thinking?

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If your cat is wanting to be affectionate, then they will approach you with an upright tail.

Upright Tails

Twined Tails

If your cat’s tail is tapping, then this is a sign that they are busy and do not wish to be disturbed.

Tail Between The Legs

Tapping Tail Tips

If your cat’s tail is whipping from side to side, there is something around that is making them unhappy. If this is a small child or another pet, then you should quickly separate them to prevent injury.

Swishing Tails

Treat a lashing tail as a warning sign!



Ruth graduated from Cambridge in 2014 and has worked as a small animal GP vet ever since. She is particularly interested in internal medicine, as it combines her love of problem-solving and her somewhat geeky love of knowledge, and has completed her certificate in Small Animal Medicine. She loves animals of all species but is particularly fond of cats.

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