Cat Wagging Tail While Purring

Cats have a far different tail language compared to dogs. A dog wagging its tail usually means that it is happy and contented. On the other hand, a cat wagging its tail actually means otherwise. So what does your cat want to say when it wags its tail while purring? Purring is a good sign while wagging its tail is not – so overall is it a good thing or a bad thing? When something like a cat wagging its tail while purring happens, what should we do?

We can find out our cat’s mood based on the movement of its tail. Here are common tail positions that your cats assume and their meanings. Did you know that most of these tail positions are done so unconsciously? Your cat may not even be aware that they are doing so!

What Could be The Reasons?

A raised tail

This tail position ranks to being the friendliest mood your cat can get. Sometimes this raised tail is slightly bent at the tip – happy mood nevertheless. You could even notice a kind of spring in their step and their ears up high, meaning that your cat loves you. A cat approaching you with this tail is trying to give you warm greetings!

Notice how most cats do this when you get home from work or from school? Well, it means that they are more than happy to see you! Besides the fact that you coming home, also means food for them.

A curled or concave tail                 

When a cat assumes this tail position, it could mean a lot of things. The curled or concave tail can be raised or lowered. A curved upright tail means that your cat may be in a defensive position. Your cat may not wish to be touched or petted. So better take your cat’s tail seriously and approach with caution.

On the other hand, a concave lowered tail, usually wrapped around its body – is a sign of contentment. This can be usually observed when your cat is trying to rest. This tail position while keeping their eyes half closed and purring at the same time, they are having a time of their lives perhaps!

A fat tail

Now this tail position ranks to being not so friendly in the cat mood scale. A fat tail, furry, fluffy, and raised is a usual sign of aggression. You better not approach your cat the moment you see this. Even the friendliest cats can be in this mood!

Your cat is either on the offensive or defensive, but either way, it will not be a good idea to approach them during this time. Usually, you can also observe an arched back and ears pulled back. Your cat can also be hissing, growling and spitting at the same time.

A twitchy tail

You are most likely to observe this tail position when your cat is stalking its prey or is ready to pounce anytime. But you also have to watch out for the timing and frequency of the twitching. A fast, almost lashing stance, may mean that your cat is angry. On the other hand, a slower, tiny bit of twitching could mean that something has caught its attention – curiosity and excitement are at play!

A wagging tail

Now for the wagging tail! If you see your cat start to wag its tail, it is trying to imply that it is starting to feel a bit annoyed. The more frantic the wagging of the tail is, the more annoyed and frustrated your cat is.

When a cat wags its tail yet it is also purring, it could mean that while it is enjoying a good petting session or indulging in the attention you are giving it, they will soon get tired of it. You may be petting too much or too aggressively and it is starting to become uncomfortable and unenjoyable for your cat. It is your cat's way of saying do something with your petting!

When you observe this in your cat, better re-evaluate your actions; you can either stop, change positions or let your cat go.

Round Up 

Now that has been settled, we should now know better but to observe our cats closely and act accordingly to their moods!

Rebecca Welters

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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