When you buy a cat, one of the first things you need to understand is that their face does not show emotion. They are not like dogs, from whom you can immediately tell if they are happy, sad, angry, or even upset.

Cats communicate in a completely different way, and that is through their tails. Their tails can tell you a lot about their moods, and they can also tell you if something is wrong with them or their environment.

It’s really cute, and you’ve probably noticed that when a cat sits down, they usually wrap their tail around themselves and their paws. You may think it’s just a coincidence, but there’s a very good reason for it.

Scroll down to see the most common reasons.

The cold weather

Just as they wear a blanket for warmth, cats do the same with their tails to conserve body heat. Although cats have a lot of furs, they are most comfortable when the temperature is 50 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. But when the temperature drops, they are at high risk for frostbite and hyperthermia. When they are very cold, you can tell by other body signals, not just their tails. For example, they curl up, hold their noses, pull their ears over their heads, and cuddle up as much as possible.

Cold weather

Avoidance

If you notice that your cat is not cold, but continues to wrap its tail around its paws, it is most likely an avoidance behavior. It’s not that they’re in a bad mood, it’s just that they’d prefer your owner to leave them alone for a while because they’re relaxed and comfortable with who they are right now. Don’t take it personally! Cats are independent animals. Sometimes they like to be alone and sometimes they just want to sit and observe their surroundings without being interrupted. When they are ready for love and attention, they will let you know right away.

Avoidance

Nerves

When they are not freezing or dodging, they tend to wrap their tails around their legs and sit when they are nervous. They are more likely to see something, like a dog or its owner, doing something that makes them uncomfortable. They use their tails as a barrier to getting away from whatever is making them nervous or anxious.

Nerves

Cats are very similar to humans: we tend to cross our arms over our chests when we feel threatened, scared, or uncomfortable with someone or our environment. Cats do the same thing, but with their tails. It just means they are protecting themselves and don’t feel very safe or happy at that moment.

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