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I know a decent amount of people are playing Miqo'te so I thought I would share this with anyone who wants it. A list of cat's tail movements and what the mean. May help in some RPs. Course things would be altered slightly between real cats Miqo'tes but it gives a general place to start.




1. Tail curves gently down and then up again at the tip: This is a relaxed cat at peace with the world.


2. Tail raised slightly and softly curved: Cat is getting interested in something.


3. Tail held erect but with the tip tilted over: Cat is very interested and is in a friendly, greeting mood, with slight reservations


4. Tail fully erect with the tip stiffly vertical: Intense greeting with no reservations. For adult cats this is borrowed from the action of a kitten greeting its mother.


5. Tail lowered fully and possibly tucked between hind legs: Signal of defeat to totally submissive cat showing its lowly social status.


6. Tail lowered and fluffed out: Cat is indicating active fear.


7. Tail swished violently from side to side: This conflict signal of tail wagging is its most angry version. If the tail is swinging vigorously from side to side, it usually means that the cat is about to attack.


8. Tail held still, but with tip twitching: This version of tail wagging shows only mild irritation. If the tip twitches become more powerful, then it is a clue that a swipe from a bad tempered paw is imminent.


9. Tail held erect with its whole length quivered: Gentle quivering action often seen after a cat has been greeted by its owner. The gesture appears to have meaning of a "personal identification" as if saying "Yes, this is me!"


10. Tail held straight and fully bristled: Signal of an aggressive cat.


11. Tail arched and bristled: Signal of a defensive cat and one that may attack if provoked further. Bristling fur makes the cat look bigger and may deter the enemy if the defensive cat is lucky.



(sorry if this is posted in the wrong section)

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