Cat Tail Language - What your Cat's Tail is Saying

black and white cat biting it's tail

When you’re a fur parent, it can be difficult to know what your companion is trying to tell you. Cat tail language is a great way to figure out what they’re thinking and how they’re feeling.

We’ve got a handy guide so you know whether they’re in the mood for play and cuddles or if it is time to give them a bit of space for a while.

Tail Up

cat lying on sofa wiggling tail

A tail that is high and proud means your cat is feeling exactly that: confident! They’re loving roaming their territory and letting everyone know it. There’s a couple of different types of upwards tail motions that can mean different things:

  • Straight up = happiness and ready for some friendly affection. If the end twitches slightly, this can signal a particularly happy moment for your feline.
  • A slight curve = feeling very playful. If their tail is up but curved like a question mark, make some time to play with them.

 Tail Down

black cat slapping woman

As you may expect, this example of cat tail language is the exact opposite of a high tail. If your cat’s tail is low to the ground, they may be feeling aggressive. Give them the space they need and try to eliminate whatever is agitating them; it may be a particular sound or action that is causing them to feel this way.


scared black and white cat

A puffed up tail is a sign of fear in cat tail language. They’re trying to make themselves look bigger to scare off whatever is frightening them. If your cat does this, try to get rid of whatever is scaring them so they’re able to calm down and return to being your purr-fectly happy best friend.

Slow Swishing

A tail that is slowly swooping from side to side tells us that your cat is intently focused on something. They may be about to pounce on a toy or prey so do not interrupt their flow.

How else does your feline friend cat-mmunicate with you? Have you got your own language with each other? Tweet us at @meowingheads or head to our Facebook page.


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*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified pet health provider with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s health*