She may just want a rest or be a bit chilly, but a wrapped tail could also signal anxiety. Wallace and Lewis seem to enjoy it. -. That's kind of an interesting question. I know Rocket seems to be able to just about double his body length if he stretches out. The tape measure can't be curved along their body though, it must be held in a straight line. Kitty uses her tail for communication as well as balancing. Chances are your fabulous feline is mixed – most cats are. Take note of clues in the environment and overall body language to get a clearer indication of the message intended. If she walks along a fence and looks in one direction, you’ll notice her tail will move in the other direction, shifting her center of gravity. 121849. JavaScript is disabled. Hes such a glutton! I hold my cat underneath and fly them. A researcher from the University of Southampton presented cats with life-sized cat silhouettes with tails in different positions. I zoom them up and down and they stretch all out. I wouldn't dare do that to Marcellus and Winston, he's too new. and do cat's tail grow longer as the body grow bigger? Cats that are relaxed appear loose and open, whereas a cat that does not wish to interact will withdraw. The caudal vertebrae form the tail, used by the cat as a counterbalance to the body during quick movements. Skull. Conversely, soft, fluid tail movements indicate a lack of tension. VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter Street, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. Breed standards do not always refer to the length of a tail, but when they do, length is relative to body length, or equal to body length from the shoulder blades to the base of the tail. What are the body-to-tail length ratios of your cats? About 10 percent of a cat’s bones are in the tail. :lol: Yeah, I named him that because he's quite the leaper. Here are three common tail movements you will be familiar with, and what they could mean: The best understood tail signal in cats is the tail held up vertically, sometimes with the tip slightly curled. In general, however, a cat’s tail will be close to its body length. I thought I was the only one who did this. Although the tail is an excellent way to help understand your cat, it’s important to remember that ‘reading’ just the tail is like picking odd words out of a sentence – you may get the main gist but you could easily misinterpret what’s being said. 12,190 Posts #2 • Nov 27, 2005. The Manx is most recognized for its lack of tail, but this breed's can tail actually be several lengths, ranging from a little bit of a bob to several inches long. If your cat greets you or other cats in your household with her tail up, it’s a clear sign of affection. He's a loooooooong cat!! 1282939) and Allianz Insurance plc (Registered in England No. Kitty uses her tail for communication as well as balancing. Size of cat and tail length? Do her eyes appear soft and blinking (relaxed) or wide and staring (aroused)? This may be during play or hunting (positive emotion) or due to frustration and anger (negative emotion) – but either way, she is charged and ready to act. If it’s held high and quivers at the tip, she’s happy to see you. This wondrous piece of feline anatomy varies in lengths according to breed and size, and some cats don’t have one at all. Or do you look at the size of their paws... or can you not tell at all until they are fully grown? The gene for taillessness in a Manx is different from the gene that produces the short, kinked tail of a Japanese bobtail. 311969. How Does a Cat's Tail Relate to Its Size? You will get a greater understanding of your cat’s mood and emotions by observing her tail movements alongside her entire body language and the environment she’s in. 84638), Registered office: 57 Ladymead, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1DB. OK Ill start.. 34 inches.. and if I put some food in front of his face Id get a few more inches I bet!!! Mom to Marcellus, Wallace, Lewis, Winston and Corky, our dog. Her tail may or may not be the same length of her body, or her tail might seem extra long or short for her size. A tail lashing from side to side and thumping on the ground indicates your cat is highly aroused and it’s time to leave her well alone as aggressive behaviours are likely to follow. The highly mobile tail is a great signalling tool and can help us understand what a cat is feeling or intending. That's kind of an interesting question. In effect, it says ‘I’m friendly’, and thereby reduces the risk of a fight. Pet Plan Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. She may just want a rest or be a bit chilly, but a wrapped tail could also signal anxiety. Generally male cats will weigh 2 to 4 pounds more than a female cat. Copyright 2020 Leaf Group Ltd. / Leaf Group Media, All Rights Reserved. Allianz Insurance plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Justine Harding explores body language, focusing specifically on the tail. You should see him hurl himself straight up the cat tree!! Tail movement can also tell us about how a cat is feeling. Is it cold? Pet Plan Limited is a subsidiary of Allianz Insurance plc. A forum community dedicated to breeds of cat owners and enthusiasts. Petplan is a trading name of Pet Plan Limited (Registered in England No. Leslie Darling has been a writer since 2003, writing regularly for "Mississippi Magazine" and "South Mississippi Living," specializing in food and wine, animals and pets, and all things Southern. Watch, too, when your cat moves – a tail tucked between her hind legs indicates she feels threatened and may lash out. Unlike human arms, cat forelimbs are attached to the shoulder by free-floating clavicle bones, which allows them to pass their body through any space into which they can fit their heads. Petplan's trading address is: Great West House (GW2), Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9DX. A cat can hold her tail vertically, move it from side to side, or pull it down between the legs. It’s interesting to note that tailless and short-tailed cats have no problem balancing, illustrating that if they don’t have a tail, their inner ear system serves just fine for those high-wire antics. Cats that are relaxed appear loose and open, whereas a cat that does not wish to interact will withdraw. This is most clearly indicated when a cat’s tail is wrapped around her body or tucked underneath instead of lying loose on the ground, extending away from the body. A cat’s tail has about 20 vertebrae enclosed in muscles, and held together by ligaments and tendons. The Cat Fanciers’ Association doesn't specify tail length in inches in breeds, but in some breeds, the standard describes the tail in reference to body length. But I wonder how you measured body length? Between their vertebrae, they have elastic discs, useful for cushioning the jump landings. An adult domestic cat's average height in the range of 8 to 10 inches or 20 to 25 cm. From what point to what point, and what posture was the cat in? Our cats’ solitary ancestors principally used scent to communicate. Come join the discussion about breeds, training, kittens, food reviews, rescues, and more. Rocket runs away when I pull the tape measure out. If a kitten has a really long tail, does that mean he or she will become a large cat? Or, is her tail held tightly around her body or awkwardly just above the ground, indicating tension? Many mixed breed cats carry genes that affect tail structure and length resulting in these various unusual-looking tails. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. Yes they put up with it. If you’re curious and Fluffy just won’t hold still for that measuring tape, you might try to stand her up on her hind legs and see if the tail still reaches the floor – that is, if it isn’t kinked, curled or bobbed. The average length of this incredibly mobile structure is 11 inches for males and 9.9 inches for females, which indicates tail length generally is relative to size of the cat. But with domestication came closer proximity to other cats, as well as humans, so visual signals became more important. For instance, the American curl standard calls for a tail equal to body length, and the tail of a Birman must be medium in length, in “pleasing” proportion to the body. They have very long torsos! If Fluffy’s tail is lashing back and forth, you might want to leave her alone for now. are we talking tip of the nose to base of the tail? Cats are expressive, but can we really decipher what they’re saying? Wrapped or tucked tail . When the silhouette showed ‘tail up’, cats approached more quickly and frequently reciprocated the signal. Female domestic short hair cats weigh between 6 to 10 pounds or 2.7 to 4.5 KG. In addition to expressing her mood, you cat’s tail helps her balance and puts an exclamation point on her attitude. Financial Services Register No. Strong movement often signals strong emotion. If Fluffy’s tail is lashing back and forth, you might want to leave her alone for now. To decipher which it is, look at the whole picture and the setting. Caster: 5 Cool Facts You Should Know About Your Cat's Tail, Pet Place.com: Function of the Tail in Cats. Financial Services Register No. Average male domestic short hair cats can weigh anywhere from 10 to 12 pounds or 4.5 to 5.5 KG. :lol: Try to get as long of a meauserement as you can by measuring them when they are in a stretched out position. Is your cat snuggled down with her nose tucked in for warmth? I should have called him "Ballistic" :lol: I had some "fun" measuring all four cats :lol: I haven't measured my kitties but I do "fly" two of them. This is most clearly indicated when a cat’s tail is wrapped around her body or tucked underneath instead of lying loose on the ground, extending away from the body. She is a graduate of the University of New Orleans. The average length of this incredibly mobile structure is 11 inches for males and 9.9 inches for females, which indicates tail length generally is relative to size of the cat. In mixed breeds, short tails, twisted pompoms, kinks and everything in between can be seen, and these cats can be any size. [SIZE=-1]"My cat speaks sign language with her tail." At least I thought so until I got Tommy, and he's twice the leaper Rocket is.