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Why Does My Cat Hit Me With Her Tail?

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If you have ever wondered why your cat likes to hit you with her tail, that’s exactly the question we are going to be covering in this short guide. We’ve talked with plenty of pet owners and searched the internet to get as many reasonable explanations as we could find, and we are going to share those findings with you here.

Join us while we discuss the many possible reasons your cat might exhibit the strange behavior of hitting you with their tail.Cat ball divider 1

6 Possible Reasons for Cat Slapping You With Her Tail

These are the reasons most people believe your cat will hit you with her tail.

1. Showing Interest

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Cats are known for being curious, and their need for investigating often puts them in the way. You have probably experienced this first-hand many times as you try to put away groceries from the supermarket or fold clothes. Your cat’s desire to be in the center of the action often makes completing these simple tasks extremely difficult.

If you tend to shoo away your pet while you are trying to complete these tasks, your cat may be trying to signal to you that they are extra interested in what you are doing. They don’t want you to shoo them away when they gently tap or wrap their tail around your leg.

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2. She Loves You

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Cats have a strange way of showing affection compared to many other animals, especially dogs. They can only usually tolerate petting for a short time, and they are generally not big cuddlers and snugglers. If they like you, they tend to sit by you and follow you around the house but will stay just out of reach.

A cat seated at your feet, gently hitting you with their tail, is likely showing you a sign of affection not all that different to petting you. It can be a sign of deep love if your cat is trying to find a way of mimicking your affectionate behavior.

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3. Scared

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If your cat tends to wrap their tail around your legs while you investigate another room, it can mean that they are apprehensive or scared. In this case, the tail wrapping is like holding hands. Your cat is nervous and wants to hold on to you while you investigate. They don’t want you to pick it up because they may need to get away quickly, but they want to go with you, so they wrap their tail around you for safety. Of course, you might be going into the other room for a pencil, or to answer the phone, so the behavior seems strange to you.

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4. Angry

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Your cat has limited ways of showing affection and limited ways of showing anger as well. They find ways to communicate, and one of the ways they show their dissatisfaction is by being annoying. Many cats will knock items off the shelves, tear up furniture, and can even break litter training and use your bed or favorite chair instead. It’s also not uncommon for your cat to wait until you are sleeping to hit you in the face with their tail. They can also hit you with their tail while you are watching TV.

The best way to prevent this type of behavior is to find out what the cat is mad about and correct it. If it was a one-time incident, you will need to wait a few days for it to pass over.

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6. She Wants Attention

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It’s certainly difficult to ignore a cat that is continuously hitting you with their tail. We can only assume that your pet is fully aware of this and is trying to get your attention, especially if it has worked in the past. Your pet is likely trying to communicate something with you. Most likely, it wants you to supply pets or a treat.

If the tail hitting is becoming annoying and you have narrowed it down to a call for treats, you can try using a cat toy to provide entertainment and slowly dispense treats.

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We hope you have found this look into why your cat hits you with her tail entertaining and informative. In our experience, our cats hit us with their tail when they want pets or treats. They will wrap their tail around us when we bring home groceries to show us that they need to know what we brought into the house. If you have learned something new and feel you have discovered what causes your cat to hit you with her tail, please share this short guide on Facebook and Twitter.

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