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tail shaped like a question mark ?

post #1 of 14
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just wondering if any of you know what this means. when i see my cat in the morning for the first time or am getting ready to feed him he will hang around me and curl his tail in the shape of a question mark.
post #2 of 14
With my girls, it means 'Good morning! I love you! Isn't it a beautiful day?'
post #3 of 14
For mine it means "where is my food ?" (kidding, just being funny, don't listen to me )
post #4 of 14
Generally it means all is well with the world, I am happy. It is a friendly sign.
post #5 of 14
They know it looks graceful and mysterious, and they like to make us wonder....
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by carolinalima View Post
For mine it means "where is my food ?" (kidding, just being funny, don't listen to me )
too funny!


The tail up is also a sign of confidence.
post #7 of 14
Attitude has a tail kink so anytime she holds hers up it looks like a dented question mark. As far as I know she was born with the kink, it's always been there and their moms moved them all here at around 4 weeks old when they first started solid food. Obviously her tail is paralyzed after the kink but it's at the very end of her tail so it doesn't get her in trouble.

Nuts like doing it with his tail as well only his is more voluntary than the 'Tude's

Taryn
post #8 of 14
It is a friendly greeting with some apprehension. Of our seven cats, one is submissive and often has his tail between his legs (though as he's gained confidence, more and more often it's just straight up). ..the flip side of Billy (the submissive kitty) is that he almost always greets us with a quivering tail. The others all do the ramrod straight tail - except for Tuxedo, who almost always has the question-mark tail. He is more - edgy - than all the other kitties...always more "on alert" than the others (also more aggressive ).

From: http://www.messybeast.com/cat_talk2.htm This is the short version - there is text to go with it.

post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks for the link
post #10 of 14
In my experience it is actually a question-- they're friendly but not quite sure of the situation.
post #11 of 14
I find with one of my cats - Casper - that he curls and uncurls it repeatedly .. and quivers it... I think in his case it means he is glad to see me... but is a nervous kitty. He has a very expressive tail!
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Carolina View Post
For mine it means "where is my food ?" (kidding, just being funny, don't listen to me )


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Originally Posted by Nekochan View Post
In my experience it is actually a question-- they're friendly but not quite sure of the situation.

same here. and the chart says that too. how apropos, a "question mark tail" for a question
post #13 of 14
That one tail movement when the tail flicks forward (the F You statement, lol) has me amused. My cat's flick their tails, but I always thought they felt an itch or something on their back, the fur feeling kinked or something. Now I wonder if all this time, they've been telling me to screw off. What about when the tail is repeatedly flicking. Does the cat have Tourette's? (lol). Gotta find videos to compare.
post #14 of 14
Personally, I think it also means a sense of impatience. Tuxedo does it all the time, and he's definitely not pissed - it's usually (or so it seems) when he wants attention and we're not quick enough about it.
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