In the event your cat feels trapped or is under a piece of furniture, he will be flicking his tail, his ears will be back against his head, and his whiskers will be flat against his face. He will have his back arched and be leaning away. Hissing or growling may also be heard.
When your cat is displaying fear, anxiety, or stress, it is best to remove the item causing his emotional response. You will not increase his level of fear or teach him to be aggressive. When working to modify your cat's behavior it is important to consult with your veterinarian or an animal behavior consultant who specializes in feline behavior.
Understanding what your cat is saying and modifying his environment to meet his emotional needs are vital parts of being a responsible cat owner. Our cats tell us everything we need to know. We simply need to watch for the signs.