Why does a cat puff up their tail?

I have a 2yr old siamese (seal) and wanted to find out if anyone else's cat's tail puffs out like a christmas tree when they are REAlLY happy?

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Apr 17, 2018
I love the puffy tail!!!
by: Anonymous

My 2 year old indoor only, Siamese boy (Chocolate) does the tail puffing out like a bottle brush (good description!) thing too! At least once or twice a day! It’s usually first thing in the morning, when he wakes me up or jumps onto the bed for cuddles. And always in the evenings, after a big play / cuddle session, before we go to bed. He always purrs like a little tractor, rubs himself all over me, rolls around and stretches out for tummy tickles and often "kneads" his claws on me too! And all the while his tail gets puffier and puffier! It is the funniest, cutest, most adorable and affectionate thing ever!!! I find Siamese cats to be the most loving, intelligent and fascinating creatures!

Apr 15, 2018
Fluffy tail
by: Anonymous

My Seal Point has a bottle brush tail when he's happy. Just been brushing him, purring like a motor with his bottle brush tail, so adorable. Nothing to do with being scared or frightened.

Jan 02, 2018
Kwon from KY
by: Anonymous

My all-indoor male siamese puffs his tail when happy and getting affection.

Dec 26, 2015
Happy cat
by: Anonymous

My tortie point Siamese puffs her tail up when she is happy, first thing in the morning when she jumps on the bed for a stroke/cuddle also if I'm wearing a jumper she likes the texture of, and always purring like a tractor. It's not fear its contentment! She's a strange but adorable little cat!

Mar 14, 2015
Puff Tail
by: Susie

My Siamese puffs his tail when he is feeling very affectionate. It is the cutest thing.

Feb 20, 2015
My Siamese cat does that as well!
by: Anonymous

Like the original poster and another poster mentioned, my Siamese cat puffs her tail when she is happy and purring. She is an indoor-only cat. She is not afraid, anxious or upset. Simply happy. I don't know why she does it. It is very cute! :)

Apr 30, 2013
puffy tail
by: Kathy Oh

Hi! My cat Sammi used to get a puffy or bottle brush tail(my Mom used to call it) when he was excited or getting affectionate. It was odd & kind of funny. He was not feeling threatened I don't think, because he would do it as he was walking towards us, sometimes talking. Sam was an indoor cat only. He did not seem angry or upset. I would pick him up & cuddle him, smooth his tail. He would purr.

The bottle brush tail is one of the things I miss about him. Had written a memorial story about him here last May when I had to let him go. Still expect him to walk around a corner to meet me. Some day I'd like to get another Siamese, but not yet. It's been almost a year & the memory of him is still too fresh. In one of these stories, someone referred to their cat as their "soul cat". I think Sammi was mine.

Mar 23, 2013
Puffy Tail
by: Beatrice

Hi there,

The only time my Siamese cat has a "Christmas tail" is when she flies in from the garden having been spooked either by another cat or by a magpie, but it is just a physical manifestation of fear and flight. It means that extra blood and endorphins have increased in her system and gone into those areas of the body to create a threatening stance, in other words, she is ready for the fight and means business! However, perhaps when she is happy maybe she manifests her happiness by this means! who knows, it does seem an odd reaction in an animal as sensitive as a cat. Are you sure she is happy? No disrespect, but how long does she know you? Are you sure that she is not puffing her tail up because she feels threatened?

Just a thought!

Beatrice from Ireland.

Mar 22, 2013
not usually
by: my2wins

the only time my cats' tails puff up is when they're scared or fighting with each other. It doesn't happen very often, but every once in a while their tails get puffy and their backs arch. I've never seen that with a happy cat though!

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