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Cat Tails or Tales
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
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How much do know about a cat's expressive tail? The following statements regarding cat tails may be true or false. Try to decipher which ones are true and which are actually cat tales. Good luck!

  1. If your cat is relaxed... the tail will also be relaxed.

  2. The Himalayan cat is known to have no tail at all or a very short, stubby tail.

  3. If your cat is annoyed... the tip of the tail twitches.

  4. The Maine Coon cat has shorter hair on the tail than on the rest of the body.

  5. If your cat is frightened... the hair on the tail and back stands up, and ears may be pulled back.

  6. The Bombay cat is known for their color points, which include a darker tail.

  7. If your cat is being aggressive... the tail swishes sharply or thumps the ground.

  8. When approaching in a friendly manner, a cat's tail is often held vertically, straight up in the air.

  9. The tail is often held in an upside down 'U' position when the cat is playing chase.

  10. Most cats have 18-20 vertebrae in their tails.

  11. Stud tail is a condition in unneutered male cats in which the oil glands on the top of the tail increase in size.

  12. The Tabby cats are known for their striped or spotted coloring, which does not include the tail.

 

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