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Interpreting tail language

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Tetley&Kenco, May 24, 2020 at 12:30 AM.


  1. Tetley&Kenco

    Tetley&Kenco PetForums Senior

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    Tetley is a proper tail talker, but I have no idea what half of his tail-chat means!

    He especially loves to swish his tail like this, he does it when he wants food, when he wants a play, when he wants me to go to bed.... all I know is it means “I want something” and then I have to guess what!

    Any tail experts got any insight on this tail swishing he does?



     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    My girls talk a lot with their tails too. :)

    I'd say Tetley is waiting for something from you when he does that with his tail. Was it near his meal time perhaps? Or was he ready for a cuddle maybe?
     
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    buffie Mentored by Meeko

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    Meeko's tail hasn't read any books , it does what it feels like ,when it likes .It even does things while he is sleeping
     
  4. Tetley&Kenco

    Tetley&Kenco PetForums Senior

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    It was at bedtime, which usually means dinner then bed, I put food out for him, he wasn’t that fussed though, and he cane back to flirt with his tail! I think he wanted to play or for me to go to bed? He was still sad because he’d lost a spider he had been playing with, maybe he was telling me to help him look for it :Hilarious
     
  5. bluecordelia

    bluecordelia Footy

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    No expert but a bit like happy for a bit of attention. Food or fuss.
     
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    Rufus15 PetForums VIP

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    Oh that's a very happy tail! Its not uncommon for cats to wag their tail in contentment, and a wavy and/or curly tail is just that!
     
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    Tetley&Kenco PetForums Senior

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    He is a proper tail wagger! The waggiest tailed cat I’ve ever met! :p His brother doesn’t wag as much but does walk around with a wave in his tail

    I’ve been told many years ago that tail cat wagging meant angry.... but since owning cats I can tell that’s not necessarily true! Although I’ve never seen Tetley angry, so maybe he would wag his tail then too?!
     
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    Rufus15 PetForums VIP

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    A wag is different from a swish, a way is up high but a swish is low and close to the body, and its a whipping movement. A wag is what you see Tetley doing, a gentle wave :)

    Do their tails bat about when they're play fighting?
     
  9. Tetley&Kenco

    Tetley&Kenco PetForums Senior

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    Oh yes they definitely bat their tails when they play fight! Again Tetley more than a Kenco!
     
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    Rufus15 PetForums VIP

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    It's a very similar action to an aggressive tail movement, but aggressive movement is closer to the body to protect the tail from being a target
     
  11. Tetley&Kenco

    Tetley&Kenco PetForums Senior

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    I got a video of both my boys swishing their tails whilst playing fighting! With a bonus of the loudest noise I’ve ever heard Tetley make (still relatively quiet, but he’s usually a VERY quiet cat)

     
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    Rufus15 PetForums VIP

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    Kenco has the laziest tail movements ever :Hilarious whereas Tetley is proper swish swish. They are a funny pair
     
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    Tetley&Kenco PetForums Senior

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    Yep you are absolutely right, this is actually the maximum Kenco waves his tail :Hilarious however he is LOUD, he talks all the time, screams more than meows :p so I don’t think he needs his tail as much to communicate :Hilarious

    Tetley is all tail, and has the tiny mew of a 1 day old kitten most of the time :p
     
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