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Your cat may appear a little weird as it prances around, but there is a definite reason for such behavior. Felines communicate their emotions and intentions via body language. It means your cat wants to communicate something, when it stands on toes while moving its body back and forth.
Excitement and intoxication
The cat may prance due to it being excited. A few cats are
quite ready to exhibit their pleasure towards affection or a yummy treat. It
can be safely assumed that a prancing cat equals a happy cat. The furball may
dance around your legs when you get home from work or when it smells the
freshly opened tuna can. The cat may even do a tap dance on anticipation of a
delicious treat or any happy ending. Prancing also happens when a cat plays
around with toys or with other felines. When the cat engages in this kind of
prancing, it is likely that the cat feels safe in such an environment and not
shy to exhibit so.
Your cat could prance if it gets intoxicated. Give the cat a few bits of catnip and enjoy it doing a short dance. A few kitties could be intoxicated by the taste and smell of catnip plant, regardless of it being fresh or a dried one. A few cats are immune, but most go overboard when they smell the stuff. The catnip effect is effective only for a few minutes, but it will behave erratically for the given duration. The cat may also prance if it is surprised. Kitties hate to be surprised. The animal could be startled by a sudden noise or movement. The cat will old an arched-back, tip-toe posture for a few seconds until it has assessed and then dismissed the threat. Such prancing is actually a kind of defensive maneuver which is frequently accompanied by erect hairs along the tail and spine of the cat.
Aggression The cat may also prance if it takes up an aggressive posture. This could be dangerous for any observer located near the cat. If the cat takes up a prancing posture around animals, or when it is growling or hissing when doing the action, then it can be surmised that the cat is now acting aggressively. The kitty will hold its tail and back up to make itself look bigger and much more threatening than what the cat actually is. Those cats which participate in the dominance struggle frequently prance away from or toward each other in a strange kind of dance. As an owner, you should not interfere if you see two cats squaring off. Allow the cats to resolve mutual disputes in their own manner.