Categories: tail

How long are cats’ tails?

Of course cats’s tails vary in length depending on the size of the cat and some cat breeds are not meant to have conventional tails while some wild cat species have exceptional tails.

How long are cats tails? As long as they have to be to do as designed by nature.

However, you can generalise about the length of cats’ tails which is what the title to this articles seeks to do.

Among the wild cat species, excluding the short-tailed bobcat and lynx, most felids have tails that measure at least one-third to one half of the head and body length.

The margay, snow leopard, clouded leopard and marbled cat have exceptionally long tails. They are very long for a reason: to function as ‘balancing rods’ as they move about trees and for the snow leopard the steep slopes and rocks of the Himalayas.

Two other wild cats with longer than usual tails are pumas and cheetahs. The latter needs a long tail to balance when twisting and turning at high speed when chasing prey over short distances. Pumas are wonderful rock climbers and good tree climbers too. They also need long tails for balance.

Of the domestic cats the basic rule above applies except for those random bred cats who have, through genetic mutation, shortened tails – bobtails. I have seen Siamese type street cats in Asia with shortened and kinked tails. The kink is genuine Siamese but the genetic mutation creating bobtailed Siamese street cats is strange to Westerners because we are used to seeing only purebred Siamese cats. These cats have had all their ‘defects’ ironed out by selective breeding.

There are some purebred cats who are bred to have exceptionally short tails or no tail at all: American Bobtail, Kurilian Bobtail, Japanese Bobtail, Manx, Pixie-bob.

In my view the cat with the longest tail of all is the glorious snow leopard but there is nothing scientific about that decision, just seeing a lot of pictures of cats over the years.

SOME PAGES ON CATS’ TAILS:

What is the average length of a cat’s tail?

The average length of the domestic cat's tail is 10 inches or 25 centimetres. It is essential to specify the ...
Read More

What Are Cat Tails Made Of?

Cat tails are quite complicated anatomically. There are a lot of moving parts. There are many variants of the cat ...
Read More

Cat With Three Tails? No.

If you search for 'cat with three tails' you'll find the video that you see below but you will also ...
Read More

Lots of Asian cats have bent and short tails. Why?

Rudolph Furtado, POC's Asian reporter in Mumbai, India, has recently returned from Indonesia where he noticed a large number of ...
Read More

Maine Coon Characteristics

Introduction This is an alternative view on the subject of Maine Coon characteristics, which refers to notable aspects of the ...
Read More

Cat Tail Up Position: Meaning and Origin

The cat tail up position in relation to a cat meeting another cat is a communication signal - a piece ...
Read More

Cymric Cat Facts For Kids

The Cymric is a breed of cat. It is a solid, round looking cat that has no tail. It should ...
Read More

Curly Ringtailed Kitten or Kinked Tail?

A visitor to PoC would like some input on whether his cat carries the American Ringtail genes or indeed whether ...
Read More
Please comment here using either Facebook or WordPress (when available).
Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

Recent Posts

What causes the range of eye colors in cats?

The total amount of melanin (pigment) in the iris of the eye determines the range…

15 mins ago

Guy says: “This year has been rough so I adopted this cat and things have been better”.

The statement sums up the benefits that living with a domestic cat companion can bring…

2 hours ago

Are ionizers safe for cats?

There is a questionmark over whether ionizers are safe for cats. Ionic air purifiers produce…

16 hours ago

Equity release to pay for a catio extension

Equity release is more popular nowadays because a lot of older people have most of…

21 hours ago

Ethical banks in the UK in 2020 and why cat lovers should use them!

How often do we think of alternatives to the high street banks? I don't or…

1 day ago

“Care will kill a cat” – Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson is in the news today! On this day, 22nd September, in 1598, the…

1 day ago