Our young tabby-point Siamese Vir got bored and decided to pester our middle-aged Maine Coon mix Heidi (in icon). She wasn't having any, and gave him a quick hiss and swat. He responded by puffing himself up, arched back and bottle-brush tail.
Heidi was thoroughly unimpressed, and just turned and marched off down the hall. Vir skulked away.
Maybe the problem is that Heidi's tail at rest is bigger than Vir's at full bottle-brush display.