Animals

Why do cats lift their asses up when you pet them?

Pin
Send
Share
Send
Send


The ignorance of humans regarding the nonverbal language of animals, and in this case of cats, leads us to think that this gesture is related to sexual behavior associated with cats in heat. Error! Kittens that have not reached sexual maturity, males and castrated specimens, they also raise their tail when they caress the bottom of their back.

What a cat that lifts its tail is really doing is expose your anal glands located below the anus, secreting an oily substance with a strong odor as a business card, as a way of "opening towards you".

And it is that a raised cat's tail equals a friendly greeting and its best way to show you and let you know that it trusts you so much, that it allows you to know him in the most intimate way that he can offer you: with the smell of his body .

There are two ways for this body signal to take place:

-The first is one in which you, human, take the initiative and approach the cat. Then you caress him in the lower back area, and the cat lifts its tail enjoying the caresses and thus initiating the greeting ritual.

-And in the second, it is the cat who takes the first step, approaching you with tail already raised, telling you that he trusts you and that it is right there, on his back, where he wants you to caress him.

If we detect that this gesture is completely contrary, that is, that the cat lowers its tail and presses it against its body as a method to cover its glands, thus trying not to give information about it and at the same time protect itself, the cat is scared.

Cats are not dumb, they know perfectly well that we are not felines, but they still use their same language with us. That is why it is important to have knowledge about the body language of cats, as it is their best way of talking with us and the only one we have to understand each other to live in harmony and enjoy our pets.

So you know, the next time a feline friend lifts his tail when you stroke him, think that is shouting that he trusts you.

Latest Comments on this article (3)

By pipo1 on 08/09/2016 at 14: 26h

Very interesting that helps us understand our kittens a little more thanks.

By coralis on 01/17/2015 at 02: 50h

#0
The ignorance of humans regarding the nonverbal language of animals, and in this case of cats, leads us to think that this gesture is related to sexual behavior associated with cats in heat. Error! Kittens that have not reached sexual maturity, males and castrated specimens, they also raise their tail when they caress the bottom of their back.

What a cat that lifts its tail is really doing is expose your anal glands located below the anus, secreting an oily substance with a strong odor as a business card, as a way of "opening towards you".

And it is that a raised cat's tail equals a friendly greeting and its best way to show you and let you know that it trusts you so much, that it allows you to know him in the most intimate way that he can offer you: with the smell of his body .

There are two ways for this body signal to take place:

-The first is one in which you, human, take the initiative and approach the cat. Then you caress him in the lower back area, and the cat lifts its tail enjoying the caresses and thus initiating the greeting ritual.

-And in the second, it is the cat who takes the first step, approaching you with tail already raised, telling you that he trusts you and that it is right there, on his back, where he wants you to caress him.

If we detect that this gesture is completely contrary, that is, that the cat lowers its tail and presses it against its body as a method to cover its glands, thus trying not to give information about it and at the same time protect itself, the cat is scared.

Cats are not dumb, they know perfectly well that we are not felines, but they still use their same language with us. Therefore it is important to have knowledge about.

By jebunavarra on 01/16/2015 at 00: 34h

pujj what a shame you have copied the petdarling article from end to end, I just read yours and you have done the same

Because you hit the spot!

Although lifting your hindquarters may seem insulting to us, it is actually a very positive response from the cat to your touch, and it means that you are doing it in the right place. Usually that place is at the base of its tail. Not all cats enjoy being scratched or stroked along the spine or at the base of their tail, but if this is the case, you have probably witnessed how they lifted the back of their body like an elevator.

The behavior of an unsterilized cat

When intact (unsterilized) females lift the back of their body it has a much more specific meaning. This is the position a cat adopts when she wants to show the male that it is ready for mating. Unlike in the previous case, the position of the tail will be different, the tail will be to one side to facilitate access to the male.

If you have an unsterilized cat and adopt this position, that means she is in heat, so it is very important to make sure she stays inside your house. Females in heat are noticeably more affectionate and vocal. Your cat is likely to adopt the posture almost every time you stroke it.

You can also notice the presence of one or several unknown cats loitering near your home. These are male cats that are very aware of the fact that there is an opportunity to mate nearby. Be very careful not to let your cat out of the house if you don't want to have a new litter of kittens soon.

Feline language and false beliefs

The cats they communicate with us in many different ways either through meowing, behavior or body positions. In this case, we are faced with a very specific posture: the cat bends down slightly and lifts its tail.

Many people believe that this behavior is sexual, since the cat or cat usually reveals its most intimate parts. But that's not true. Even castrated cats lift their tails with pleasure as they are petted. If you have questions about whether or not your cat is sterilized, visit the symptoms of a cat in heat.

What does it mean?

When cats acquire aposture and a close attitude They are trying to communicate the proximity or affection they feel for us. However, if we observe a cat with a low, brown tail, we are probably facing a fearful, scared or collected animal.

The odor exchange It is essential for the communication of felines, for that reason when they lift the tail, the proximity and the caresses acquire another meaning: the cat, when lifting the tail exposes its anal glands, which produce an identifiable and unique smell in each cat.

The meaning of the raised tail is not merely a "presentation" that the cat can make when they meet us or when they get to know us: this behavior is carried out repeatedly as show of affection, complicity and great confidence They have with us.

The tail in feline communication

Although cats are able to use their tail to maintain balance, the truth is that in addition also express different emotions using it.

  • High tail: This position denotes confidence, security and total control of the situation. Generally the cat shows the high tail in situations of comfort, happiness and well-being.
  • Tail attached to the body: This type of position indicates the opposite of the previous one: fear, distrust, uncertainty. The cat is trying to go unnoticed in the situation it is in. It does not expose your particular information.
  • Bristle tail: If we observe a cat with a swollen, thick and bristly tail it will be better to leave there as soon as possible and leave the cat intimate. This tail position is very easy to recognize and identify: our cat is angry.

However, there are many other factors that influence and help us to better understand our cat's gestural communication such as the ears, the head, his body position. Observing and fraternizing with our cat is the key to understanding us with him.

If you want to read more articles similar to Why does the cat lift its tail when you pet it?, we recommend that you enter our Curiosities section of the animal world.

Cats are very communicative animals

And is that the cat is an animal that has multiple ways to communicate with us, either meowing in different ways, through their behavior or their body movements and tail position.

When your cat approaches, passes by you, rubs you, lifts its tail straight and raises its hip a little, leaning even a little on you, tries to tell us something very concrete, it is a very subtle body message.

It might seem like it was a movement of a sexual natureWell, it shows and shows its parts, but that is not at all the message you want to give us.

What are you trying to tell us then?

The first thing they want to communicate with this gesture is trust. It's his way of saying that he trusts you and feels safe, but other factors that we may not understand from the point of view and human behavior also come into play, the exchange of odors to recognize each other.

And it is that for cats in general and cats in particular, the exchange of odors is very important. It is like an unwritten language of recognition. The cat with that gesture, raising its tail, discovers its anal or perianal glands, which emit an identifiable and identifiable odor from each cat. It is his way of saying, «Look, it's me, and I let you recognize me, because I trust you, we're friends»

And this gesture, as you see, is not just a recognition or presentation, it is a gesture that, repeated, in a familiar or domestic environment, determines that they feel affection for us, that they consider us of the family and that they are glad to see us. Do youyour cat lifts its tail to greet? Share it with the miaundo if you found it interesting!

Pin
Send
Share
Send
Send