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How to Decode Your Cat's Tail

You can tell a lot about a person just by watching their body language. They may be giving cues that communicate that they want to be left alone because it just hasn’t been a good day. Or, they may look very approachable and you know that it’s a great time to interact with them. The same goes for our feline friends. Because they can’t speak our language, cats rely on their body language, especially with their tail, to communicate what they are feeling to us and other cats in the moment. So, what’s that fluffy tail telling us? 

Flag Pole Tail
This position looks like you could fly a flag on your cat’s tail, hence the name. And if you did, that flag would say, “I’m one happy, confident, content cat.” Now is a great time to try out a new flavor of SHEBA PERFECT PORTIONS™ wet cat food.

Question Mark Tail

A slight deviation of the Flag Pole Tail, this position is a straight tail but looks like a question mark at the top. It also means your cat is happy but feeling a bit playful as well. It’s a great time to get out the SHEBA® Meaty Tender Sticks cat treats and encourage his friendly mood.

Wrapped around Body Tail

When the tail is curled around their body covering their feet or face, your cat is relaxed, but may prefer not to interact. This position happens a lot when cats nap or are observing someone or something.

Low to Ground or Tucked Tail

This position may look like your cat is trying to army crawl across the room. Their tail may even be tucked under them and their ears laid back. Your cat is probably nervous or very afraid of something and doesn’t want to be noticed.

Flicking Tail

This position is the equivalent of the human stink eye. Your cat’s tail is flicking back and forth and he does not look amused in the slightest. In fact, he’s very irritated at this point and tolerating you. Heed this very obvious warning sign, because your cat is giving you time to step away before he really tells you how he feels.

Pipe Cleaner Tail

There’s no missing this tail when it’s on display. Your cat is most likely very scared or feels very threatened. He’s trying to look bigger by puffing out his tail. Sometimes cats take it one step further and arch their tail and back, which means they are prepared for battle.

Quick Twitch Tail

If you see your cat low to the ground and twitching her tail, follow her gaze. She’s getting ready to pounce on whatever she’s hyper-focused on. If it’s her feline sister, distract them both with an early dinner and serve up SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS wet cat food.