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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I've had Darcy for just over two months now (she's two years old) and she's such a wonderful kitty! I grew up with cats, but have never had my own to take care of, so I'm re-learning things about kitties.

One thing Darcy does that I don't remember seeing other cats do is shake her tail. It happens most often when I get home from work, as she's waiting for me to put out her treat of canned food, but it also happens randomly. She'll walk around with her tail up, happy to see me, and then stand still ... and her tail will quiver.

Any clue what's going on, or what she's trying to tell me?

Trish
post #2 of 29
It's actually known as a quivering tail and it is a sign of love and greeting. For as short of a time that you have this cat, you should feel very fortunate that you made such a nice impact on her so quickly!
post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks hissy!

I've never seen a cat do that before, but since Darcy didn't seem to be in any distress, I figured it was a good thing.

Darcy is the most affectionate kitty I know -- she kneads me constantly, love to nuzzle and lick my face, and is happiest sleeping close to my face where I can nuzzle and kiss her in return. I feel so lucky to have found such a wonderful cat!

Thanks again for the info.

Trish
post #4 of 29
I call this "jiggly tail kitty." Only one of my cats does this. She becomes jiggly tail kitty at suppertime and when we get home from work. I always give her lots of attention when she does this because knowing she is so happy brings me great joy!
post #5 of 29
I only have one cat that does this too! It is Newman my orange tabby, When he is happy or content with us he will fluff it out like a peacock then flutter it, not always just sometimes,it is cool to see.
post #6 of 29
Interesting Ava, the one cat I have that does this is an orange tabby as well. I have never seen the others do this tail manuever. Renae, is your cat orange also?
post #7 of 29
Chuckie will do that as well!!
He is a grey tabby Maine Coon.
post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
Darcy (my quivery tail'd kitty) is black and white.

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Originally posted by hissy
Interesting Ava, the one cat I have that does this is an orange tabby as well. I have never seen the others do this tail manuever. Renae, is your cat orange also?
post #9 of 29
Ok that shoots my theory down the tubes- I thought maybe it might be an orange kitty characteristic.
post #10 of 29
My orange cat Pinky does this, and I think that Stumpy tries, but he only has half a tail (he is also orange). Perhaps orange dominant trait? LOL
post #11 of 29
I think in general orange tabbies are very loving and sweet. However Loki, my tri-color marble Bengal does the tail quiver as well alsong with what I call a butt squeeze.
post #12 of 29
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Originally posted by hissy
Renae, is your cat orange also?
Nope! She is a long haired calico.
post #13 of 29
Our orange boy does this and the first time I saw him doing it I got worried, becuase the orange cat I had as a kid would do it too, just before he sprayed!
post #14 of 29
Most cats do jiggle their tails when they spray. So it can be pretty scary to see your cat do this for the first time -- thinking that they are going to spray when what they are really doing is showing you how happy they are!
post #15 of 29
Quote:
Originally posted by hissy
It's actually known as a quivering tail and it is a sign of love and greeting. For as short of a time that you have this cat, you should feel very fortunate that you made such a nice impact on her so quickly!
Funny I just called it "I Love You Tail" and see its true , they also do I Love You Eyes where they sorta squint them and get a sleepy content look.
post #16 of 29
Phew I'm glad its an 'affection'thing as my Dirt does it as well. Sometimes he sprays at the same time unfortunatly so I try to get hold of him before he forgets himself
post #17 of 29
Nimbus, sebastian, marble, granet, stormy and blizzy all do the shakey tail thing! I think nimbus started it and the rest of them wanted to do it too
post #18 of 29
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Originally posted by lotsocats
Most cats do jiggle their tails when they spray. So it can be pretty scary to see your cat do this for the first time -- thinking that they are going to spray when what they are really doing is showing you how happy they are!
Frantic does it in the bathroom just before I turn the faucet on for him. I used to say he just never learned to spray! Now I can say he's just a happy cat!

Sandy
post #19 of 29
I have four little orange tabby's, all brothers, at the shelter who do this, every morning when I let them out of their cage. It's cute!!!
post #20 of 29
Ginza does this too, and we did figure out a long time ago that it was his way of saying 'hello' as he only did that when he stands in front of me or hubby. We love it, and always melt when we see it. Of course, we are so happy it's not accompanied with actual spraying.

For the informal survey, he's sand-colored.
post #21 of 29
Thread Starter 
Yikes, I never even considered that Darcy might spray when she did her shakey tail. I'm glad she doesn't!

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Originally posted by superkitty
Ginza does this too, and we did figure out a long time ago that it was his way of saying 'hello' as he only did that when he stands in front of me or hubby. We love it, and always melt when we see it. Of course, we are so happy it's not accompanied with actual spraying.

For the informal survey, he's sand-colored.
post #22 of 29
Maybe there is something wrong with my orange tabby?! LOL, he is scared of anything and everything, he always thinks someone is gonna try and bite his butt. He does run around the house with his tail fluffy every now and then though. He is my nerd boy...
post #23 of 29
My oldest cat Blondie does this often. She will stand with her tail in the air and quiver it. She also expects us to gently run our hand up the tail with a very gently tug on it.

My newest cat, Autumn will do the tail quivering on very rare occassions. She too, as another poster mentioned, will flare out the base of the tail like a peacock fanning its tail!!
post #24 of 29
I call it the "rattlesnake tail" or just "the rattler". My almost all black boy does this when I first come home from work or whenever he hasn't seen me in a while, which can be a few minutes. He's really good at this and can keep it up for quite a while.

I never realised spraying could be associated with this action. Thank goodness all my boys are not sprayers.

But I think I saw my foster starting to rattle the other day, so perhaps I'll be having two that like to "rattle and roll".
post #25 of 29
Joey has a quivery tail, too! I had always wondered about it, especially since he is sometimes prone to imappropriate peeing behavior.
post #26 of 29
Bailey, my ginger tabby does this, its so cute, her tail is very perky. She runs up to me with her tail in full flight, and the plumey end waving. Sam, the big lazy silver cat has never done it.
post #27 of 29
JC does this, too, when I come home from work or am about to feed him. It looks the same as when he is marking the bushes during our daily walk (he was castrated at 6 months, and started marking outside a little over a year ago, at almost 4). His tail is often in motion. When he's playing, it's all fluffed up.
post #28 of 29
I meant to reply to your thread when i started my own(accidently) called quivery tail kitty. My name is hootiecat and my kitty hootie does this too. I think it is a sign of affection, she couldn't be trying to spray, she's a girl. My other cat tigger does it too but he is neutered boy. I think they are wagging their tail like a dog but they are cats!
post #29 of 29
I don't know if I am too late getting in on this thread, but, my friend has an orange tabby and he waves his tail. It's strait up in the air and goes completely from side to side really fast! At first I thought he might have a damaged nerve but it does stop when he's resting. Guess he's just a happy little guy!
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