Cat people? Does your cat do this? (Thoughts on cat communication)

@TheHorse (166437)
Walnut Creek, California
June 13, 2021 10:35am CST
It's Sunday morning and kitty is asleep at my feet. She is in that "sprawled out" kind of position. I just meowed at her, and she flicked her tail in response. I did it again just to make sure it was not a "statistical coincidence." She flicked her tail again. Is tail flicking a common part of cat communication? I also notice that she wraps her tail around me (and I then stroke it) when I feed her. I assume she is simultanously thanking me and scent marking me. As a non-cat-person, I am thankful to MyLotters who actually understand these selfish little predators.
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@yukimori (9766)
• United States
13 Jun 21
It's a sign of annoyance or irritation. If she was really upset, it would be lashing rather than flicking. When she's focused on something you might see it wave back and forth slowly. Wrapping her tail around you is her way of showing that she's bonded to you. If you were another cat, she might twine her tail around yours instead.
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@yukimori (9766)
• United States
13 Jun 21
@TheHorse maybe, or maybe it just wasn't that convincing...
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
@yukimori I'll ask her about it.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
She's irritated that I say "meow"? Am I disturbing her sleep?
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@FourWalls (49465)
• United States
13 Jun 21
All I have is a gray cat who comes into the yard to have dinner at about 9 PM. It looks at me suspiciously when I’m still sitting out in the yard that late. I don’t know much about cat behavior, I just put the food out like they subliminally order me to do.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
I...am...Kitty's...slave. I understand this. But I am still learning about the tail flick.
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@sjvg1976 (38201)
• Delhi, India
13 Jun 21
I don't own a cat so don't know much about the cat's behaviour. I just guess she is asking something from you or asking you to play with her.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
It seems she wants to play, "I, Kitty, get to eat wet food now."
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@just4him (268333)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jun 21
I've seen that and think it's normal.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
I think Kitty is pretty normal, though she's special to me.
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@just4him (268333)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
18 Jun 21
@TheHorse Yes, she is special to you.
@NJChicaa (110029)
• United States
13 Jun 21
That is their jerk cat way to be like "yeah I hear you but I'm not opening my eyes or getting up". Rubbing their faces and butts against you are ways to "mark" you as theirs.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
She does both. Will smelling like a cat butt affect my career as a guitar teacher?
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
@NJChicaa None of my students are cats so far.
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@NJChicaa (110029)
• United States
13 Jun 21
@TheHorse I highly doubt it
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• India
13 Jun 21
LOL How long have you been a cat owner?
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
Owner? Wrong word. Slave? About 9 months.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
@Prabhatsingh I'm working on it.
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• India
13 Jun 21
@TheHorse LOL 9 months you have been a slave and you still didn't figure out how you're master likes his things.
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@GardenGerty (148248)
• United States
14 Jun 21
Being an intelligent and insightful person, you might enjoy reading "The Tribe of Tiger" by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas. If I am not mistaken she also wrote "The Secret Life of Dogs". I think of her as being an animal anthropologist and she can tell you a lot about the kitty communication and learning style. I did pick up info from a PBS show on cats 20 or so years ago. Cats FRAP. Kittens do it a lot Frequent Random Activity Patterns. . . that is where they tear through the house or around the yard like something is after them but it is not. You will see this happen.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 21
Kitty chases imaginary "prey" around my house occasionally.
@dfollin (23062)
• United States
13 Jun 21
I am not a cat person either. So why so you have a cat then?
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
She just appeared at my door.
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@dfollin (23062)
• United States
14 Jun 21
@TheHorse Oh! Good luck
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 21
@dfollin She...controls...my...life. (glazed stare)
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@BarBaraPrz (39369)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
13 Jun 21
That tail flick? It means, don't bother me.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
Typical woman. She is sending me mixed messages.
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@snowy22315 (146482)
• United States
13 Jun 21
She has adopted you, and is sensitive to your communications! You lucky man you!
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Jun 21
Everyone needs a slave-master. Or not. But I enjoy her company.
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@mosherii (1135)
14 Jun 21
Everywhere I have lived I just find stray cats coming to stay in my compound. I love cats but I hate the responsibility of taking care of them. I don't know why they always find ways to me yet I never bother even feeding them something small.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Jun 21
I pet them and things like that. My kitty knew me before she adopted me.
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@wolfgirl569 (65460)
• Marion, Ohio
14 Jun 21
A tail flick can mean many things. But often it is a warning.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Jun 21
With her I just see it as acknowedgment.
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@RasmaSandra (59773)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Jun 21
Yeah, the flicking, while she was sleeping, was showing annoyance but when feeding that is bonding, I always got a laugh when my cat Sid would parade around the garden in Latvia with his tail held up all I needed was to tie a flag to it, I got an explanation from the net for you about the tail position so you know for future reference, Of course, in my case Sid was a he not a she but a good thing to remember for you if and when it happens, When your cat is approaching you, someone else, or another animal and is holding her tail straight up, it means that she is open and even a bit happy to meet you or this person or other animal. ... If your cat is holding her tail straight up and it is bristling, this is an indication that she is agitated, angry, or afraid.
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@RasmaSandra (59773)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
13 Jun 21
@TheHorse that should be just about right, I am sure you two will get to know each other much better with time,
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 21
@RasmaSandra We're pretty good buddies already. But I'm sure new and nuanced things will change.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
Kitty often has her tail straight up, but with a question mark at the end. I read that means she wants more attention or more play.
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• India
13 Jun 21
I think kitty likes you and want you to pet her more so
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
I pet her often. I would almost describe her as...spoiled. I assume this to be unique, so I am posting it her for its...uniqueness.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 21
@Butterfingers The first "spoiled" cat in history?
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• India
14 Jun 21
@TheHorse yeah correct
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@allknowing (108028)
• India
14 Jun 21
Munni does that and much more Yesterday she was on her way to our neighbours. I called out to her and she quickly returned She takes strolls with me any number of times Sometimes she waits near the door for me to join her but she never lets me touch her. Strange are the ways of cats.
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@allknowing (108028)
• India
15 Jun 21
@TheHorse The only ones she hugs are her own kind (lol)
@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 21
Interesting that she does not let you touch her. But I have friends that I hug and friends that I do not hug.
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@LadyDuck (417658)
• Switzerland
14 Jun 21
If she was sleeping, she was showing annoyance, they do not want to be disturbed when they are resting. While eating she was showing bonding.
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@LadyDuck (417658)
• Switzerland
15 Jun 21
@TheHorse The orange kitty of my neighbors is a very sweet cat, but when he quick flicks his tails I know that this is the signal to back off.
@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 21
No, she was "dozing." She does that often. I interpreted it as "acknowledgement." But with a hint of "I am doing what cats do best."
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@sallypup (51698)
• Moses Lake, Washington
13 Jun 21
It depends on the cat. My Siamese flicking his tail? Whoopie. My Saia cat flicking her tail? Get the heck out of there.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
13 Jun 21
Life is for learning.
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@LindaOHio (109824)
• United States
14 Jun 21
I'm a dog person. I never meowed at my dog. :-) lol
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 21
I am glad to hear that.
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@CarolDM (199181)
• United States
15 Jun 21
Seems like a normal response to me. Both of mine do that.
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@TheHorse (166437)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jun 21
The little tail flick thing? I just see it as acklowledging me in the laziest way possible.
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