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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-08-2010, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Waggy Tail

Hi, it's me Rachel.

I am the chick who posted about Lucy the unbalanced cat. So far no news on her. :l

But, I have a question about my other kitty, Bebo, the playful, feisty, and beautiful one. At this moment, he is on my lap purring and happily adoring my company. However, his tail is wagging. I have heard that means he is angry... BUT he is purring very loudly and remains in my lap.

Does tail wagging mean anger?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 12:21 PM
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Re: Waggy Tail

In my experience, a rapidly swishing tail means "agitation" of some sort - not necessarily anger, it could even be excitement. For example, Desdemona will often sit on the windowsill watching all those tweety little birds out the window, and her tail will be swishing like crazy as she contemplates the tasty meal options. But her tail will also swish if Othello is getting on her last nerve, right before the hissing and swatting starts.

Are you petting Bebo while this is going on, or is he just sitting there without you touching him much? If you are petting him, it's possible that the tail-wagging could be saying, "I've had just-about-enough handling, any more will be too much." But if he's staying on your lap of his own free will, it's probably a happy-excited. Just make sure you're not pushing past his had-enough-handling tolerance; you could try backing off the petting (hard, I know!) and see if the purring and tail-wagging continue.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-09-2010, 01:18 PM
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Re: Waggy Tail

Yes, I figured out Miu wags when she's excited and anticipating. She was watching my bird cages intently and as I held her back, I could see she was swishing her tail back and forth.
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