TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Behavior › Is it true?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Is it true?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Is it true when a cat wags its tail it doesn't like what you're doing?
post #2 of 16
Well put it this way, if Rosies lying down and i stroke her, after about 30 seconds the tail starts going up and down, and unless i stop she'll go to bite me as well as give me a quick rabbit kick!.
post #3 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by rosiemac
Well put it this way, if Rosies lying down and i stroke her, after about 30 seconds the tail starts going up and down, and unless i stop she'll go to bite me as well as give me a quick rabbit kick!.
That's exactly what Dori does! The ears go back slightly as well.
post #4 of 16
Not in Oliver's case.... if this is true for him, then he never likes what anyone's doing at any time.... his tail is always wagging (I'm convinced he thinks he's part dog) - he can just be laying or walking around by himself and he's wagging his tail, he wags it in his sleep and when people are playing with/petting him... the only time he'll bunnykick someone is if my dad's rough-housing with him (my dad thinks Oliver's a dog too, haha) or if someone other than me pets his belly.... so I've personally given up on the "when a cat wags his tail, he's angry" theory...
post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
Not in Oliver's case.... if this is true for him, then he never likes what anyone's doing at any time.... his tail is always wagging (I'm convinced he thinks he's part dog)
I've read about Oliver several times now and he sounds really sweet. We used to have a big orange cat. My husband still has a soft spot in his heart for them, and maybe someday there will be another orange cat that grabs us and screams "take me home!" I think they do have a dog complex. We used to say that all the time about Rusty.
post #6 of 16
WOW I did not know that was true. Skittles tail moves all over she never bite me..
post #7 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
Not in Oliver's case.... if this is true for him, then he never likes what anyone's doing at any time.... his tail is always wagging (I'm convinced he thinks he's part dog) - he can just be laying or walking around by himself and he's wagging his tail, he wags it in his sleep and when people are playing with/petting him... the only time he'll bunnykick someone is if my dad's rough-housing with him (my dad thinks Oliver's a dog too, haha) or if someone other than me pets his belly.... so I've personally given up on the "when a cat wags his tail, he's angry" theory...

Trout is the same way..her tail is wagging all day all the time.
post #8 of 16
It depends on the type of wag, with Mister a fast wag means he will bite and rabbit kick, a slow wag he is relaxed.
post #9 of 16
The type of wag is our gauge for Bijou. He'll actually move his tail if I pretend I'm trying to grab it, meaning he'll tease me by moving it close to my hand and then quickly back.
post #10 of 16
I think when Emily wags her tail it means she is happy, because she always does it when she's relaxing and looking out the window...
post #11 of 16
Luna will wag her tail, but it will mean one of two things: if she's playful and sees birds outside then she'll give exaggerated wags.

If she's irritated, she'll only wag the lower (tip) end of her tail.
post #12 of 16
My cat also seems to have different wags. She has this one wag which is more like a whack (feels like one too) where she just flops her tail back and forth, and she does that when she gets POed. There's another wag which is more like a upward twitch and curl, or the tip of the tail wags back and forth real quick, and she tends to do this if she's excited or interested in something (stalking something), or just randomly when I pet her. There's also a tail sticking straight up into the air and a sudden twitch that sort of ripples up the tail, not sure what that one means.
post #13 of 16
"There's also a tail sticking straight up into the air and a sudden twitch that sort of ripples up the tail, not sure what that one means."
This means they're happy! If done while touching you, it is a compliment, like "hey, how's my favorite human today?" If done otherwise, it means they're happy with whats going on, like Zissou does it when I take her outside for a walk on her leash.

There are many different tail wags, as had been noted. The wag that looks like a dog's happy wag is, in general, not good. The faster the wag, the less good it is.
post #14 of 16
Oliver does have different tail wags, but there's not really a rhyme or reason to each... two of my favorites though are when he's sleeping and I softly call or talk to him, he'll gently wag the tip or entire tail like "I hear you mama, but I'm sleeping... I love you!" and the other is when he's sitting on his window shelf watching whatever and he looks like one of those 50's Felix wall clocks....
post #15 of 16
Zakk is my "wagger". It is truly the way to tell his emotions. Every morning I see him looking at the window, and if he is watching something good his tail is wagging so fast. Also when he is wrestling with Rocky and gets annoyed his tailing is whacking the floor. If you are petting him and his tail starts to wag and it keeps up, that's a sign that you are annoying him and if you don't stop you are not going to be happy. Rocky to some extent will show you he is annoyed with his tail, but he usually has an annoyed meow I understand.
post #16 of 16
When my cat looks out the window and sees a bird, his tail whips from side to side. He also tends to keep his tail low as he whips it. Maybe it's kindof a hunting type thing. The rest of him is so still, maybe he just has to move something that's less likely to warn off the bird.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cat Behavior
TheCatSite.com › Forums › Our Feline Companions › Cat Behavior › Is it true?