Nothing is as wonderful as coming home at the end of a very long day at work and being greeted by all of your cats, showing their happiness, all the tails held high as if to say, “Welcome home! We really missed you !” But your cat’s tail does so much more than help you to understand how they are feeling. Read on for some cool facts about the tail and what it also does.
First of all let’s start with a quick anatomy lesson. The cat’s tail has 19 to 23 vertebrae, about 10 percent of the total number of bones in their body. An extensive group of muscles, ligaments, and tendons hold the tail together and provide its amazing mobility. The average length for a tail of a male cat is 11 inches, and for a female it’s 9.9 inches.
1. The tail is a balancing tool
The tail of the cat acts as a counterweight when they walk along narrow surfaces like a fence or a small back of a chair. It also helps a cat in his running to stay standing as he makes sharp turns in pursuit of prey … or when playing with his toy.