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Why Do Cats Have and Wag Their Tails

Have you ever found yourself questioning what a cat’s tail is for or why they wag their tails in a certain way? Cats or house cats are seen everywhere in the world and are quite known to society, but do we really know cats? Cats have been around for centuries and these beautiful animals have been communicating with us the whole time, using their tails.

From just observing from afar a feline’s tail movement can now be understood. In this article you will learn about the significance and meaning behind the hidden messages being shown by cats, just by them using their tails.

Why Do Cats Have and Wag Their Tails

Wild Cats and Domestic Cats

It has only been recently that cats were considered to be a household pet. Until 60 years ago, cats were living in the wild. These felines have been widely observed and even worshipped with the grace they possess. Cats have an exotic way of movement that we can now decipher, what they might be telling us. Being able to observe these felines from a close distance we have been able to answer the question, ‘Why do cats wag their tails?’ Well, to simply put it, a cat tail twitches in different ways to help them balance and communicate what they are doing or feeling.

A Tails Use

Cats use their tails to communicate but that is not all a cat’s tail can do for them. It is a way for them to keep balance and helps them be more vigilant. Although a cat can still survive without their tail, it is still essential for them to have. Like a person we can live without several limbs, but those limbs are still essential to us as humans, same can be applied to cats when it comes to their tails. The cat can use its tail to help with his movements and by keeping measurement when he leaps. It is used as a tool of a cat’s body to maintain the grace that cats naturally have.

Tailless Inborn or Injured

Not all cats have tails though, which would make it harder for an owner to read off signals and will have to focus on the cat’s body language rather than the tail. A cat can be born without a tail or a cat can lose its tail from injuries. Cats without tails are more prone to have health issues because the tail of a cat is connected or an extension of their spine. Cats can be born without tails and they are still able to learn how to balance as well as cats that have had to amputate their tails due to injury. A cat can adapt but it would be harder and a challenge for them to not have their tails.

Emotions of a Cat’s Tail

Like any living creature, cats also have to express their emotions and they do this by giving off cat tail signals. It is important to observe a cat’s tail and to understand what the cat tail meaning is. Different emotions can be read from a cat’s tail and luckily we can tell you what that just might be.

Angry or Aggressive

If a cat is angry his tail will be standing up straight in a sprayed out like manner. Happiness or excited: If a cat is happy or contented than the cat’s tail should stand up in a rod position but more relaxed. Irritated or annoyed: If a cat’s tail is swaying side to side this usually means he is irritated by something. If a cat’s tail is standing up but bent at the end the cat is curious. By understanding these signals and studying them we can establish a closer relationship with cats.

Understanding Cats

An owner of a cat plays a big part in how a cat will act. By understanding cats a little more and what they are communicating with an owner we can make domestic felines a little more at home. Even as a cat sleeps the tail can signal if they are contented or not. A cat wrapping itself up in his tail while resting usually means he is contented. But cat tail language cannot be read as easily all the time. It takes observation to really get to know your cat and what they are saying or feeling. Sometimes we can misread or be given mixed signals from cats. It is important to be able to observe the whole body language of a cat which can be read from the body stance, position of the ears and movements. To really understand your cat you should be able to read off all the signals and use a cat’s tails as a big hint to what they might be saying of feeling.

Unreadable Signs

Not all movements a cat will make are saying something. Sometimes it is just a way for them to physically move. At times, a cat’s tail can move in a shaky way when they are stretching but, this is only because they are stretching. So do not panic at the sight and misread your cats’ movements. If a cat is well observed it will be easier to read the natural movements and it’s communicating movements. Don’t forget to give a cat space and let him be or else the cat may become agitated if the owner is constantly observing him.

If you ever ask yourself, “What does it mean when a cat wag’s its tail?” You will know that it’s a cat’s way in giving off signals in his movements and emotions. Keep in mind that a cat will have many different emotions and that the tail is its way to tell them to you. The next time you see a cat try and decipher what the cat might be telling you with its tail. As an owner understanding a cat’s tail could be the key to helping make a stronger bond. Using this knowledge we can now have a better understanding in our feline friends and maintaining a good relationship with them as well.