What does tail flicking mean?? I heard it means agitation or anger, but my cat flicks her tail even when she's happy and purring
There’s nuance to tail flicking!
So if the are relaxed, purring, and just the tip of the tail is sort of twitching, like curling up and down again, that’s just a contentment thing. Some cats do that, some don’t, but it’s not a sign of agitation in that case.
The tail SWISH is very different.
The tail swish is the larger, more dramatic back-and-forth sweep of the tail. Cats will sometimes employ this when they are at play, but if you are petting or holding a cat and it starts to tail sweep, that usually means they are feeling overwhelmed and agitated and would like to be left alone please. Persisting in annoying or stimulating a cat who is tail swishing will likely lead to an escalation, including growling, ear flattening, or even biting or hissing. But if you respect the swish and let the cat go when it first asks, you are less likely to have negative encounters with him!
Cats communicate a LOT via body language and ESPECIALLY tail language. A fluffed tail is alarm or fear. A tail straight back with the tip curled is a relaxed cat. A low tail (along with a low body) is often hunting behavior. And an exclamation point tail–straight up–with a hooked tip is a kitty “Hello!”
Learn to talk tail language and your relationship with your kitty friends will greatly improve!