The “Halloween” Cat Pose

You’ve probably seen cardboard and plastic cats made for the witching season. The cat has her back arched and looks very defensive. This isn’t just a mythical pose.

Your cat’s tail tells you a lot about her mood. When she holds her tail high, it means that she is confident. If it curls around your leg, it signals her friendliness towards you. When it is tucked between or below the legs, it means that your cat is anxious or insecure.

The full-fur, upright tail means your cat feels threatened. If you combine that with an arched back and hair that is upright along her spine, this means “Back off”. Your cat probably never uses this position with you, but she may with unfamiliar cats or other animals or people.