Do cats wag their tails?

A cats’ tail tells all. It is one of their most beautiful features. Cats use their flexible tail to communicate variety of things to both humans and other animals. Their tail is predominantly used in communication and balance as it is an actual continuation of their spine. Do cats wag their tails? Yes they do. The tail wagging reflects what their mood is. They also make use of their tail to show affection. Cats’ tail has always been interesting because they never seem to rest.

Approximately 10 percent of the cats’ bones are in the tail. Up to 20 supple and articulated vertebrae compose their tail. These small bones are enclosed in a muscle that permits lightly graded movements. The muscles involved in the cats’ tail are voluntary. These bones allow their tail to be elevated, to be lowered, to be moved from side to side and to be curled around the cat’s body. Did you know that the cat is the only feline animal that can hold their tail vertically while walking?

Understanding what your cats’ tail movement implies gives you an insight on what your cat is feeling. A cats’ moving tail suggests numerous things. Each movement differs in some extent. A cats wagging tail indicates that something or someone is being annoying. The more frustrated a cat gets the more powerfully it will wag its tail. So always treat a cat with wagging tail with caution. The cat may also wag its tail back and forth when they are in deep thought. It may wag their entire tail or just the tip of it until the thought process is complete.

When a cat is happy or is in a friendly mood, it will walk with is tail held high. An angry cat will convey its mood by violently twisting and lashing its tail back and forth from the base. This movement is also called sword tail. This signals other cats and you to back off. When a cat is in the mood to hunt, its tail may swish. By swishing their tail, they can captivate their prey. A swishing motion is often an indication that something has caught your cats’ attention. Watch out for cats’ fur level too. You can tell that your cat is aroused by observing if their tail is bristled. Cats bristles their tail and fur in order for them to appear larger than they are. This is an attempt to intimidate whatever is bothering or worrying them. Do not approach the cat if it is in this position, it will most likely to claw you. If the tail is lowered it indicates that your cat is in fear and if the tail is up, it means that your cat is aggressive. If your cat’s tail is fully lowered and puffed out, this shows that your cat is ready for confrontation, but then again does not want one. When your cats’ tail is raised in the air and rubs himself with another cat, this displays that both cats are greeting each other. Cats have sensors all along their backs; sensors are involved in this activity. Cats may also wag their tail when they sleep. This means that your cat is resting contentedly and is alert.

Cat also makes use of its tail for as a balancing tool. The tail acts as a counterweight. Note that as their head turns to one side to look at something the tail moves the other way to preserve equilibrium. A cats’ tail is not really necessary for these animals to stay alive. However, owners of tailed cat breeds should make everything possible to preserve the pet’s tail as it is a part of the cat’s spine.