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A cat’s tail is a good indication of telling what kind of mood your cat is currently in. If you live in a multi-cat household, just sitting among your cats on the floor, observing them during playtime and feeding time will give you an idea of how social or anti-social your group is. When you bring a new kitten or cat into the home, gauging the mood by watching the tail, you will be able to tell when the prime time arrives to make full introductions:
Upright, slight curve at the tip, tail waving back and forth slowly:
Tail raised in the air as the cat rubs himself alongside another cat:
They are also swapping their scent, accepting of each other. Many times when you are opening cat food for mealtimes, your cat will swipe himself alongside your leg. He would do the same thing with his mom-cat when she is presenting prey (food) to him when he is weaning.
Back arched tail up at full -mast and quivering.
Yes, even neutered males, spayed females and 6 month old kittens can and do spray. Fully intact males and females are notorious for spraying. Unaltered male cat pee is extremely foul-smelling. Nature makes it this way to help lure in females that are in heat and scare away other tomcats that also want to mate with the females.
When the female pulls her tail off to the side and lowers it to the ground:
While the cat is sleeping, the paws and tails will also flick from time to time.
Cat is at rest, and his tail is wrapped around his body unmoving:
Chasing the tail:
This is common kitten and young adult play. The tail is raised and the hair is fluffed up. Prey instinct is engaged, because the tail moves, therefore it must be a mouse!
If the cats go airborne, as they often do in battle, the tail is used as a rudder to direct the action of the body. Once the cat is locked in battle in the air or on the ground, the tail again is lowered into the protective position. Any time the cat stands with his butt in the air and his tail held low, this cat is ready to do battle and should not be approached.
A cat’s weapons of war are fully engaged when the cat is on his back. Claws and teeth at the ready, the tail is held, not protectively between the legs but spread out flat on the floor.
The attack will come from the rear when the aggressor targets the neck or belly. The cat instinctively knows and protects the tail which is quite fragile because ten percent of the bones found in cats are located in the tail. Thus, the cat keeps the tail out of the way of injury.