Cats may not be able to communicate in our language, but they have their own ways of expressing themselves. Our pets’ emotions and behaviors may be deduced from their body language, and a cat’s tail is their preferred mode of communication.
The majority of cat owners have witnessed what happens when a cat’s tail puffs up to double its regular size. A fluffy tail can refer to a variety of things. It’s not difficult to figure out what your cat is thinking when you combine the puffed-up tail with the rest of their body language.
#1 Scaredy cats
Some cats are easily frightened, and a puffed-up tail is typically a sign that they are scared or startled. It’s a natural reaction to try to make themselves appear as large as possible in the hopes of deterring whatever they’re terrified of from approaching. Their long, fluffy tail will be straight up or down, and they may also arch their backs and flatten their ears. The iconic Halloween cat’s image is completed by low-pitched snarling or spitting.
#2 Angry and ready to attack
Less fearful cats are more likely to skip the scaredy cat stage and immediately go into attack mode. They puff their tails for the same reason: to appear large and scary, but this time it’s a warning. Cats may appear beautiful and cuddly, but when they’re threatened, their claws, teeth, and innate predatory instincts may turn dangerous. An enraged cat will hiss at its foe while keeping its ears pressed against its head. Its back hairs can also stand straight up. Most cats prefer an aggressive bluff over a full-fledged attack, but if their intimidation tactics fail, they’ll prove they’re not afraid to use their claws.
#3 Puffy and playful
Many cat owners find it difficult to believe, but a puffed-up tail isn’t always a bad thing. When cats are particularly joyful and lively, they will puff up their tails. It’s most common in kittens, but even adult cats will puff up the base of their tails when they’re having a good time. It shouldn’t be difficult to distinguish between a stressed and a happy cat. Your cat’s whiskers will be pointed forward and their ears will be erect, indicating that they are curious but not threatened by what is going on. When cats play, they like to wiggle their puffy tails and pounce like predators.