A cat's tail is one method of understanding feline body language as the tail reveals emotions and moods as follows:
Do you notice any of the following in your own cat?
- Straight up — happy and friendly
- Swishing vigorously — anger or
- Arched and full — may attack
- Twitching end — seriously annoyed
- Lowered and full — afraid
Cats use body language for humans in a different way from other cats. "Cats use olfactory communication in certain situations with other cats, such as crossing another outdoor cat's home range route or approaching their resting areas," says veterinarian S. Crowell-Davis. Cats spend 50% of their time out of the sight of one another.
- Rubbing against your legs — affectionately
marking you with her scent
- Rolling over on back — completely trusts you
- Arched back with staring eyes — ready to attack
- Lying on your reading material — comfortable
- Purring — generally signals happiness