Does a puffed up tail always mean aggression or fear?

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All of a sudden my kitten put her tail down and arched her back. Then she stuck her tail up and puffed it up twice it’s size. I thought she was feeling agitated, but she’s following me around the house. But every time I talk to her she fluffs her tail again and runs just to come right back. Is she probably trying to play? I’m confused right now
 

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Kittens and some adult cats fluff up simply from excitement and play...mine when he is play mode can fluff up just from my voice.
Nothing to really worry about. Just kitten silly antics and she just having her own personal play session.
 

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No, it doesn't always mean fear or aggression. Kittens fluff their tails up and arch their back when they play with each other. It sounds like she's trying to engage you in a game.

Do you have wand toys for her to chase or balls to roll around for her? They usually love that kind of thing.
 
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Thanks! Yes, I do have wand toys for her and she loves it.
 

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Just a slightly weird thing that some do. There are many weirder things, like I had a sideways hopper. If he wanted to play, especially with the other cat, he would look at the cat and do the sideways hop.
 
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