Is your aloof, fickle feline just being a cat? Or is there something more going on? Here’s how to tell.

1# Swishing and twitching its tail

A disgruntled cat has one major thing: his tail. The tail of a happy kitten moves like a feather duster, but a sad or depressed cat can strike quickly and hard with its tail, says Danielle Bernal, a veterinarian at Wellness Natural Pet Food. Do a little investigation to find the source of their discomfort. “Cats are creatures of habit and do not like change, so start by addressing all the recent changes,” she says. Need more help with decoding your cat’s wishes? Discover these.

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