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5 Crazy Cat Anatomy Facts

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3. Tale of the Tail

A cat’s tail, which contains almost 10 percent of his bones, acts as a counterweight in helping him keep his balance while walking along a narrow space or making sudden turns. But besides working as a rudder, a cat’s tail communicates his mood and messages. Decoding tail talk is one of the easiest ways to read feline body language.

A relaxed cat’s tail moves gently, occasionally, side to side, signaling that he’s up for a little attention. With his tail held high and straight, a cat says he’s in charge and happy. If the tip quivers slightly, the cat is irritated. A quick lashing motion, sometimes accompanied by flattened ears, is a sign that your cat wants to be left alone, and may attack if you continue petting him. When a cat is at play or watching birds out a window, his crouched posture, with the tail flicking back and forth, mimics the behavior of a big cat stalking its prey. If a cat’s tail is straight up and bristled, he’s alert and ready to attack. A fluffed out, lowered tail signals fear. And a tail lightly brushing or wrapping around your legs spells affection and approval.

How to Read Feline Tail Twitches

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By Kathy Blumenstock, Animal Planet

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1:29AM PDT on Sep 17, 2014

Thank you :)

6:14PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

noted

5:48PM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

Furry facts about cats are always welcome. I have read about these before, but never tire of reading about them again and again.

The power of the purr, purrfectly marvellous.

11:53AM PDT on Sep 14, 2014

sin mis 4 felinos no sabria que hacer

2:29PM PDT on Sep 13, 2014

Beautiful, that´s also why I love cats, I´ve got 3, Gizzy, Thori and Sisi!

6:54AM PDT on Jun 21, 2014

Awesome, thanks for sharing!

12:48AM PDT on May 7, 2014

The relaxing sound of my beloved cat purring in my arms is one of the most enjoyable sounds in the world for me.

1:42AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

tks

1:40AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

thanx for sharing

8:27PM PDT on Apr 25, 2014

Thank you

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