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