The Main Tail Types: (which type does your cat have?)

For the next few posts, we will discuss the tail.

A cat’s tail has, on the average has 20 to 25 vertebrae.  Of course, with different cat breeds, the amount varies.  Before discussing the specifics, we first need to  mention the different tail types. More info

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The curly tail (or Ringtailed)

not to be confused with the American Curl (ears curl black).  The cat’s tail is usually looped over back or, like Everest (above), it curls up toward the rest of his back.  Thank you Messy Beast

 

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The Manx

often times, people will think that a Manx has no tail (above) but as you can see below, they  can have a bit of a tail (below).

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The Manx has four classifications: “Rumpies”, “Rumpy-Risers”, “Stumpies”, and “Longies”.   The tailless gene can cause health problems.

 

The American Bob-tails

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As you can see, the American Bobtail are similar to the Manx. While the Manx  are an older breed from The Isle of Man, the American Bobtail is a relatively young breed, dating back in the 1960.   The breed came from mating a domestic short-haired tabby with a Siamese.

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The Corkscrew Tail

This tail has a definite curl, like a corkscrew (shown in comparison to a regular tail above)

The Kinked Tail 

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The kink tailed cat is just like it sounds…a tail with a kink.

 

Be sure to come back to see how these little rascals use their tails.

 

A special thanks to: Messy Beast PortalPoC and,  The Catsite

DISCLAIMER: I am not a cat behaviorist, vet, or an expert of any kind. Therefore, I can only claim that the statements made in this blog are based on my personal research and my 20 years of experience as a cat guardian only.

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5 Easy Ways to Talk to Your Cat (and he will understand)

 

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This beautiful kitten is KeeKee and she will be helping to make her lucky guardian happy.  As you can see, she is kickin’ back and adoring the photographer. Enough of that.  Here we go for the tips:

  1. The first thing to know is the cat’s “Love Language”.  This isn’t very hard.  Anyone can do it.  Ready for this: it is what they call “The Slow Blink”. Get down to your cats level and blink very slowly.  Do it again…and again, until he returns that seductive blink.
  2.  Body Language:  we all have body language; you know, like when a person leans towards the speaker, it means that whoever is talking has the full attention of the listener, whereas leaning back with their arms crossed in front of them generally means that the listener is turned off by the speaker or he might not agree with what he is hearing. Well, believe it or not, your cat speaks with his own special language. He says volumes with the position of his tail. (We will hit this topic next time.) more on tails
  3.  The way that cats greet other cats is by bumping noses.  You can replicate this by, again, crouching down to his level, curling your index finger and slowly reach out and gently touch his nose.
  4. Happy times, i.e. dinnertime, playtime, etc., call for happy voice.  Use your high-pitched, sing-song voice.
  5. . One thing I do when my cat, who is a 25 lb. bruiser, sits on me, is to say, in a stern voice, “Ow”, and he gets off of me.  Now granted, this may not work the first time you try it, but don’t give up.

Cats are smart animals and they catch on fast, as long as you speak their language.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a cat behaviorist, vet, or an expert of any kind. Therefore, I can only claim that the statements made in this blog are based on my personal research and my 20 years of experience as a cat guardian only.

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