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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2006, 03:51 AM Thread Starter
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Tail stance

Hi, there! I'm new around here.
I adopted a 3 year old cat from the Humane Society a few months ago. Her name is Celeste, and she's a perfect little angel.

Something that's concerned me, though, is the way she holds her tail. Whenever she's standing or walking, she ALWAYS holds her tail up over her head.
I was wondering if that was showing her position in cat society? Or if it means she's proud or happy? Or if maybe her tail had been broken at one point in her life?

There aren't any bumps in it, and it doesn't seem to bother her when I pet it, so I don't think it's hurt.
I'm just very curious.

Thanks a lot!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2006, 08:54 AM
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Hi there, I could be wrong, because I am relatively new to owning cats too, but I was once told that they hold their tail in the air and walk with their bottoms in the air, because they are feeling amorous and fancying their chances with a male cat! (there doesn't have to be one present!)

Hopefully, somebody else will come along soon who is more knowledgeable than me on cats, and give you confirmation.

Carol xx
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2006, 09:40 AM
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A cat walking around with their tail straight up in the air means she's happy and comfortable, glad to see you. If the end of the tail is curled over so it forms a question mark...that's an estatic cat.

Straight out behind is neutral...I'm checking things out and assessing this situation (entering a new room, meeting a new person etc.)

Holding it low and twitching it means ticked off...really whomping it around means "I'm really mad".

Tucked between the legs is fear.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2006, 09:47 AM
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That's the Reader's Digest version. Here's a rather long but interesting article about cat communication, including some decent sketches of different body postures:

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That's an interesting question. Rookie has a noticeable lump in her tail about 3/4 of the way down. It was like that when we adopted her last year. Any idea what that could be? We're wondering if someone closed a door on her or something.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-13-2006, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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You guys are great! Thanks.
She seems pretty happy overall - especially when she's standing right in front of the TV so I can't see it... or hitting the keys on the keyboard when I'm trying to play computer games...
My favorite is the end of the tail twitch - she does that when she gets SO frustrated because she can't get the little dot that the laser pointer makes.
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