THE SIGNS

De­code your pet’s most com­mon ges­tures

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ERECT TAIL

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.

EX­POSED BELLY

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.

WAG­GING TAIL

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.

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