A Lot Of Cats Have Tails.

In fact, you would seldom find cats with short tails or with no tails at all. So, you might wonder, why do cats have tails? Is it even useful?

In this post, let us share with you some of the awesome reasons why cats have tails and what purposes it serves for your feline friend.

Balance, Landing & Stability

They say that cats always land on their feet. That’s probably true in some instances, but cats would have a hard time accomplishing this feat without the help of their tail.

That’s right, the tail of your cat helps them in maintaining balance, landing safely, and improving stability.

Aside from landing, there are numerous examples where your cat’s tail helps in performing various movements.

For example, when cats walk on narrow spaces like fences, shelves, branches or the roof edges, the tail serves as a counterbalance. The tail also maintains its balance when running after or jumping on prey.

The tail serves as a counterweight. In its unique way, it helps your kitty flip over to land on his feet.

Communication

Cats communicate in a variety of vocal ways such as meowing, purring, yowling, hissing and others. But as with most animals, they can communicate with their body too. This is why you get to see your cat using his tail to express himself.

To help you get started on interpreting your cat’s behavior through his tail, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • A cat may tap its tail while napping stating that he is relaxed but is paying attention to sound, movement or something happening around him. He is surely in a peaceful sleep but with an alert body. After getting a full peaceful nap, he will carry his tail in a neutral or low position.
  • A tail that sticks straight up high in the air while roaming on his territory expresses confidence, contentment and being friendly.
  • Watch out for a little twitch that can mean differently like being aggressive.
  • A tail that is curved like a question mark shows a friendly greeting. This tail position signals a playful mood and his willingness to share some fun with you. You might want to stop what you’re doing to start a simple play with your cat.
  • A lower tail signals a serious mood. Always be observant, a tail position downward curve can be a signal of aggression and defensiveness. However, certain breeds like Persians, tend to carry their tails low for no particular reason.
  • A tail curved beneath the body signals that something is making your feline cat nervous.
  • A fearful cat arch backs its tail and puffs it up.  A tail that looks like a pipe cleaner states a frightened cat. He is trying to look bigger to fend off danger.
  • A tail slaps back and forth rapidly. This is a signal that your cat might be nervous, aggressive, or fearful.
  • A slow side to side sway of a tail means that your cat is deeply focused on an object.
  • Astonishingly, cats can put their tail around other cats, like a person putting his arm around another person. This tail position conveys friendship and invites other cats to smell them. 

When cats move their tail, you better pay attention. It may tell you something about your cat’s feelings and state of mind. Learning the body language of your feline can improve the bond you share together.

Sense Of Touch

A cat’s tail contains 10% of its overall bone count and filled with countless sensory nerves. These nerves help your cat in improving your cat’s sense of touch and understanding its surroundings.

Because the tail of your cat has a lot of sensory nerves, this could be one of the reasons that he might not like his tail being touched or stroked.

Take Care Of Your Cat’s Tail

Now that you know the importance of your cat’s tail, it is vital that you take care of it. Don’t pull, squeeze, or bend his tail. It could lead to minor and serious injuries.

Your cat has a tail for a reason. When you understand how your cat interacts with the world using his tail, you would have a better way of forging a stronger relationship with him.

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