A visitor to PoC would like some input on whether his cat carries the American Ringtail genes or indeed whether his cat has a genuine ringtail. The tail is certainly curly or corkscrew. The cat’s name is Pippi and she was adopted with this curly tail.
Thank you very much for visiting, asking and allowing me to discuss this on PoC. I don’t know your name, by the way.
This is the original comment:
We just adopted an 8-week old kitten from our local pound. She has kind of a “ringed” tail, but in her case its more like a true corkscrew or a pig’s tail. Its straight (normal) for the first half then makes a series of 90-degree turns to the right. Three in total, so that her tail almost forms a “square”. Its the darndest thing! Otherwise, she’s a normal tawny brown tabby. Seems perfectly healthy, tail doesn’t bother her (we can touch it, move it, she doesn’t complain — doesn’t seem broken or anything). We’ll see what the vet says. Because of laws in California, she’s scheduled to be spayed in 3 weeks tho….
I asked for photos. Here are the pictures with some annotations by me.
The owner goes on to remark:
I’m wondering if her tail is truly in the ring-tail suite of genes as her’s is SO curly. Kind of makes right-angle turns! Also, she can move it “normally” from the base and she can twitch the tip, but the two turned portions don’t seem to move at all really. So definitely not the “fully functional” tail of the Am. Ringtail. She (Pippi) is about 8-9 weeks old, and EXTREMELY sweet and affectionate. She climbs right up on my chest and will curl up and go to sleep in the crook of my neck. She also comes to us when we call to her and is very talkative too! (Of course, we’re totally smitten with her. lol)
Anyhow, I’m just wondering if her genes are of any value (I mean biologically, of course, not financially!) to the Am. RT folks or the researcher studying cats. Well, any advice or info on these genes you can provide would be most welcome. Thanks!
You can see what I am thinking. My best guess is that the tail is either kinked or broken (before adoption) and healed in perhaps two places or deformed. The fact that it does not move in these places would indicate that there is some nerve damage, but that is probably a rather crude assessment.
The original Siamese cats often had kinked tails and still do in the Far East. However, the indicators are that this is a injured or deformed tail that is not a problem for Pippi.
I don’t know the history. Is this a rescue cat? If so it would make it more likely that the tail was injured when Pippi was a small kitten or was born with a deformed tail.
I do not believe that Pippi is a genuine ringtail cat but I could be incorrect. Sorry. See a page on curly tail cat.