Jun 122020
 

Hi everybuddy. Don’tcha just love how my floofy tail curls so nicely around my body?

Zoey with tail curled around her

Y’know…a cat’s tail is an interesting and unique thing. Here are some fun facts about a cat’s tail:

  • A cat’s tail has anywhere from 19 to 23 vertebrae, and is held together by an extensive group of muscles, ligaments and tendons giving the cat amazing mobility.
  • The average length of a male cat’s tail is 11 inches and for a female it’s 9 ½ inches.
  • A cat’s tail helps a cat to balance. That’s one of the reasons why cats can easily walk on narrow spaces such as a fence or shelves.
  • A cat can live without a tail. If the tail is badly injured requiring amputation, a cat will quickly learn to adapt to the loss.
  • There are some cats that are born without tails. They’re called Manx. And they’re just as agile as cats with tails.
  • The domestic cat is the only feline that can hold its tail vertically while walking. Wild cats walk with their tails either horizontally or tucked between their legs.
  • Cats use their tails to communicate. You can tell how a cat is feeling just by the position of the tail. An upright tail usually means the cat is happy and confident. A tail held straight down usually means the cat is agitated or feeling aggressive. And a puffed-up tail means the cat is scared or even angry…so get out of its way!

So what’s my tail…wrapped nicely around me…saying? That I’m content and maybe even feeling a little submissive. Yeah…I’ll agree with that.

 

  25 Responses to “It’s All About the Tail”

  1. Wow….great tail facts!!! Thanks for sharing.

    The Florida Furkids

  2. There is so much information in a tail. That is very interesting. We once had a cat named princess who lost most of her tail when she was a kitten. We don’t know how it happened but my wife felt bad for her which is why we picked her over her brothers and sisters.

  3. Such good facts about a cat’s tail. Zoey, you sure are one gorgeous cat. Have a great day.

  4. one of theo’s favorite toys is diego-san’s swishing tail.

  5. Lots of interesting facts about a cats tail. The tail has it today.

    Have a purrfect day and weekend. My best to your mom. ♥

  6. Those are such fun facts about kitty tail! I didn’t know only domestic cat can hold tail vertically while walking.

    Happy Friday xo

  7. Thanks for sharing Zoey. Very interesting information. I think you have a beautiful fluffy tail!

  8. You and your tail are beautiful, Zoey, and we enjoyed those interesting facts!

  9. Zoey, your tail may say that you are calm and chillaxed, but your eyes say, “Get away NOW!”

  10. You have a beautiful tail, Zoey! Sharing those facts made me pull out a ruler and measure Sophie’s tail, which has always seemed short to me. Just 8 inches, so 1.5 shorter than the female average!

  11. Interesting tail info……..My Mom’s favorite thing about my tail is that it’s always straight up with a curl on the end! Yes I’m a happy guy. I think your tail is nice and neat and tucked in close to you Zoey which is modest and comforting too.

    Hugs, Teddy

  12. Zoey that is a fine looking lady cat plumage!! And who knew how intricate it is.
    Hugs Cecilia

  13. Tailios are fascinating. I did a study once so I could try and communicate better with my own felines.

  14. Thanks for the tail etiquette!

  15. Lookin so beeuteefull Zoey!! Yore tail is so fluffy an purrty…mee has a skinny Siamesey tail an wishess mee had a fluffy one like yores!!
    **purrss** BellaDharma

  16. So interesting! Mudpie’s tail is SO short compared to the rest of her size!

  17. You have a lovely tail, Zoey.

  18. Very interesting post. You have a great tail. XO

  19. Interesting tail stuff sweet Zoey, you’re as beautiful as ever!

  20. I’m proud to say my tail is almost ALWAYS up!

  21. Great information, and your fluffy tail is beautiful ! All these facts about our tail, it’s very interesting ! Purrs

  22. You and your tail look beautiful, Zoey. Sometimes my tail looks like a snail when it’s searching for something…MOL…Have to go now, have to count my vertebraes 😉 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂 <3

  23. Those were some great tailio facts, Zoey! And your tailio is looking great!

  24. Your floofy tail is stunning, Zoey! We do not have floofy tails. Tama’s tail is a little on the short side for an Aby, but Genji has a nic long one.

    Purrs,
    Tama and Genji

  25. zoey; we say this says, FABulous !!!!!!! 😉 ♥♥ have a great week and shop online !!!

    hugs frim dai$y and the hogs =^..*= ♥♥

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