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When does your cat wag their tale?

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buckingfrolicks Sat 09-Feb-19 22:34:57

My mum swears her cat wags his tale when he's happy. Mine does it just prior to biting me or chasing his toys.

When does your cat wag?

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RedForShort Sat 09-Feb-19 22:37:59

Mine will wave his tail slowly which shows a whole different mood to wagging.

Slow waving = good

Fast waving = not good

swapsicles Sat 09-Feb-19 22:38:50

When he's happy 😊 his tail is like a windscreen wiper swishing about!
Usually when headbutting and fussing us or when receiving strokes or chin rubs

YahBasic Sat 09-Feb-19 22:40:19

Mine both do a slow wag with slow blinks when I talk to them. Every time they hear my voice, their tail goes.

Papergirl1968 Sat 09-Feb-19 22:51:52

Mate's tail quivers with anticipation when I'm getting his food.
Otherwise it might twitch when he's on the windowsill watching the birds.

Papergirl1968 Sat 09-Feb-19 22:52:04

Matt not mate!

claraschu Sat 09-Feb-19 22:54:04

Cats don't wag; they wave.

buckingfrolicks Sat 09-Feb-19 22:56:14

Mine must have missed the memo cos he definitely wags thump thump thump like a dog. Then bites (with a "cant help myself" look on his face)

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Papergirl1968 Sat 09-Feb-19 23:00:45

I think a swish from side to side is a warning sign that they've had enough of being fussed and are getting annoyed. It does sound like a thump if they're lying on a sofa or floor or whatever.
Best to move those hands away quickly!

SagelyNodding Sat 09-Feb-19 23:02:20

Mine has a stump, but my old boy used to vigorously wag his tail when he was trying to 'hunt' grasshoppers and lizards... He was a useless hunter grin

MadCatEnthusiast Sun 10-Feb-19 00:13:25

What you're describing is when they get a bit annoyed with the strokes/fussing and are about to tell you with a nip!

Sammy867 Sun 10-Feb-19 00:23:07

Mine does when she’s annoyed, angry or about to attack

OfficeSlave Sun 10-Feb-19 00:30:19

Continuously, at least 70-80%of the time like a windsreen wiper. She's a happy, playful but sassy cat.
It 'wipes' when happy, mad, sitting, laying, investigating, semi-relaxed, playing, looking at birds, sittling looking at me whilst 'smiling'. If i talk to her it flicks more pronounced, like a response or an 'i know youre talking to me' shes not mad, just communicating back. I've never seen a cat move its tail as much as she does, people always comment on it.

Toddlerteaplease Sun 10-Feb-19 01:18:04

Snorg seems to have had some sort of tail injury before I adopted her so it flops over in the middle. She doesn't wag. Cheddar never stops wagging hers. I think she's a dog in disguise!

Allergictoironing Sun 10-Feb-19 08:20:28

Both of mine slowly wave theirs when they are happy or content e.g. strokes, treats (think the Queen waving her hand in her carriage style). Tail ends twitch when very stimulated, so when they are about to chase each other, other cat seen out of the window, tummy rubs just too much bliss. Only seen either of them actually swish their tail in the anger style when another cat has sworn at them aggressively through the mesh over the patio doors.

Rockbird Sun 10-Feb-19 20:38:34

St Jackson of Galaxy says we shouldn't look at cats through dog coloured glasses! grin Wagging tails in cats is generally agitation, nerves, piss off and leave me alone or I'm about to pounce and try to kill something! I know that if my cats are waving their tails it's best to retreat for a bit.

Calvinsmam Mon 11-Feb-19 13:29:03

One of my cats has the most expressive tail of any animal I’ve ever met.
It’s really long and she swishes it about all the time, it goes really curly when she’s curious and she twitches it to tease the other cats too. It’s like a thought bubble above her head because you can tell exactly how she’s feeling by looking at her tail.

One of our cats barely ever moves her tail but sometimes runs into the house with it all puffed up if she sees another cat/dog/crisp packet blows past.

And our boy cat has a little skinny tail that he puffs up at the bottom when he neeeeeeeeeeeeds hugs and he pokes it right into the air and vibrates it when he’s excited or being bossy. It looks like a toilet brush.

Waxlyrically Mon 11-Feb-19 13:47:02

Mine slowly thumps his tail when he’s happy (ie sat on my lap purring, he quivers it as a greeting or when he’s excited about food, wags the tip if something’s annoying or he’s playing and swishes it if he sees another cat or is hunting. As if that wasn’t enough, he also does a little tail flick as he walks away if he’s had enough of me - bit like flicking a v sign!

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