Since cats can’t talk (although they can scream and meow incessantly), you often have to decipher what your cat wants through its body language, and one of the best ways to do that is through the position and action of the cat’s tail.

If a cat’s tail is straight up, that typically expresses confidence and contentment. If a cat’s tail is swishing back and froth, that’s usually because the cat is concentrating on something such as a cat toy that it’s about to pounce on.

Learning to interpret your cat’s moods can be as simple as looking at its tail, especially since most cats will position their tail so it’s the first thing you see of them whenever they want to show their utter disdain and contempt for you as a less being.

To learn more about cat tail positions, click here.