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Why do snow leopards ‘bite’ their tails? — 17 Comments

  1. Interesting question! I’m not sure I have a definitive answer, but I think it has something to do with balance and control. When a snow leopard is in a tree, it needs to be able to control its body so it

  2. Is there any research about cats doing it? I know of someone whose cat damaged the end of its tail so badly that it went all the way to the bone and vet almost had to cut off that segment. Anything you know about this? Any remedies available when cat toys for sucking don’t work? Thanks.

    • Sorry Ingo, I don’t know the answer to that question. If you have a theory on why snow leopards do this, please spell it out in a comment and I may turn it into an article. Thanks for commenting.

      Are you hinting that these cats were weaned early and this is a sign?

  3. It is a bit odd, though, that seemingly only snow leopards do this. I’ve looked through hundreds of pictures of various types of leopards and I’ve only seen the Snow Leopard do this and – you’re right – only in captivity.

    Though it may be worth noting that Snow Leopards have the bushiest of the leopard tails, that I’ve seen.

    Very interesting article, thanks!

  4. I believe you’re right again, Michael. Isn’t their tail one of the longest too? That would make it more accessible; and their fur is dense, so yeah, perfect cat toy.

    • Yes, it is EVA. I simply had to decide myself what the reason is. There are no books on this. I may be incorrect.

      I am annoyed because these days I often use Dragon Dictate (dictation software) to write the articles and the title contained a typo which I was blind to. It is now corrected. I have to wait a couple hours and then re-read it to spot these typos.

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