Decode your pet’s most common gestures
If a cat’s tail is upright with a slight curve, like a question mark, you’re in his good graces. For a dog, a raised tail is his way of showing that he’s alert in either an excited or aggressive way.
Cats roll over to express confidence, while dogs do it to show you that they feel comfortable and submissive. Respect your cat’s boundaries by allowing him some space, and give your pup a belly rub.
Dogs convey all sorts of emotions, from stress to excitement, with only slightly different tail wags. It’s best to rely on other cues, like body posture and head position, to read their states of mind. Cats, however, use wagging to convey one thought: I’m about to pounce.