Where is the cat’s tail? That is the question. The answer is, she has no tail. Well, isn’t it true that the cat’s tail helps them to balance themselves when they walk on a fence for example. That is true, however, no tail cats get along fine. We call these cats Manx.
The origin of these no tail cats begins on the small Island of Man in the Irish Sea. This island rests between Great Britain and Ireland. Due to the isolation of these cats from outside breeding, they developed a dominant gene which is called the Manx gene. When both the mother and father cat have this gene, the kittens are born without tails. Otherwise the kittens appear with a stumpy, partial, or full tail.
There are several varieties of these no tail cats. They classify as rumpy, rised, stumpy, and tailed. The rumpy and riser have no tails at all. The rumpy has a dimple instead of a tail and the rumpy riser has a knob. However, the stumpy has a tail of at least three vertebrae and the tailed cat has a partial or full tail. It is interesting that the CFA, Cat Fanciers Association, only allows rumpy, and rumpy riser cats shown in their cat shows.
Manx cats have a personality that attracts people. These no tail cats desire to be with people. They are playful, high-spirited, and love water. Usually, cats don’t like water, right? These cats have a lot of dog like qualities. They play fetch, and follow you around like a dog. They are devoted to you and respond to simple commands. Another name for these felines is “cats for dog people”. Of course, this comes from their dog like personalities. In conclusion, these adorable no tail cats fit well in any home.
Cats tails communicate but sometimes it is difficult to understand exactly what this body language is trying to tell us. Felines have complicated gestures. It has been said that only domesticated cats can walk with their tails straight up. Wild cats do not do this.
Dr. Eloise Bright is a veterinarian based in North Ryde, Australia. She states, “Cats have very expressive tails, so tail position and movement can tell us a number of things.” In other words, cats tails communicate. What are some of the ways that the cat’s tail helps us to understand our little feline. Lets take a look.
The vertical position of cat’s tails communicates two things to us. First, how does your cat greet you when you return from work or other activity? Her tail is vertical and it quivers a little. That’s because she is happy and so glad to see you. However, when this posterior appendage puffs up, look out! Kitty is not in a good mood. She is annoyed and feels threatened. This may be accompanied by an arched back and hissing.
Twitching Tail Tip
Twitching of the tail tip is another way that cats tails communicate with their family. Her tail tells us how extremely interested she is in something. Have you ever watch your cat intently peer at something through a window? You have, without a doubt, but did you notice the tiny twitch at the end of the cat’s tail? The twitch shows the cat’s interest and utmost concentration.
Beware of Abrupt Swishing
The cat’s extremity has many movements but there is one that we need to take note of more than the others. When the cat switches its tail abruptly, and it is time to listen up. A cat tires of petting sometimes. Due to this, she shows her displeasure. If the petting continues, her mood changes to aggression. The tail switching tells us that she wants to be alone for a while. She tells us that cats tails communicate, and she wants us to know how she is feeling. In conclusion to all this, observe your cats tail.
When we see the tiny pink tongue of our cat, we think cute. Its just part of feline anatomy. However, let us delve a bit deeper into the functions of this interesting organ. Did you know that the felines tongue has many functions? Let us start with its texture. When the cat lovingly licks you, the sensation is of rough sandpaper. It has tiny back-ward facing barbs on it called (papillae). The function of these barbs is to make it easy for the cat to rasp meat from prey and pushes whatever the cat is eating to the back of the mouth. These barbs are also used extensively for grooming.
Cats spend most of their awake time grooming. The tongue licking process removes parasites as well as redistributes oils which help with water proofing the fur. The tiny papillae on the tongue work as a hairbrush untangling knots. Dr. Ryane E. Englar, DVM, is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. She states, “Papillae help cats pick dirt and debris out of their fur while straightening and neatening everything out.” Dr. Englar also mentions the importance of the mother cat vigorously grooming her very young kittens. These tiny kittens must be stimulated in order to urinate and defecate.
We all love to watch kitty when she is drinking. She seems to be lapping the water similar to dog lapping. However, cat lapping is a bit different. The cat puts its tongue in the water and lifts it ever so quickly. The barbs pull the water up and forms a column which the cat closes her mouth around. She will do this a number of times until she gets enough water in her mouth to swallow.
Tongues are for tasting. It has been said that cats do not have as many taste buds as humans. According to veterinarians, there has not been a lot of formal studies on this topic. However, cats have their own preferences just like people.
Outside cats love trees. Cats are natural climbing mammals. Early cats lived in forests. Being able to quickly scurry up a tree, meant survival for them. It was, and actually is to this day, a cat’s way of evading their predators. They also love to be up high to look for their prey. Another reason cats enjoy them, is scratching . Scratching keeps their nails sharp for tearing their prey apart. It also removes the dead outer layer of their claws, plus the scent glands on their paws mark their territory.
Inside Cats Love Trees
House cats do not have availability to the outdoors where they can scratch whatever they want. However, they do enjoy a high cat tower. Cat furniture with sisal wrapped posts are a delight for any cat. Sisal posts are hard and rough. The consistency for your cat, is similar to tree bark.
House cats don’t climb trees and predators are not a threat to them. However, they still need to be able to climb. There are times when kitty wants to get away from a pet dog or perhaps to much loving attention from children. Climbing to the highest perch of a scratching post gives security to the cat. Climbing high also gives the cat needed exercise. Exercise is vital to a cat’s over all health, both physical and mental.
Every cat needs a cat tree. Their innate nature to scratch tells us that they are going to scratch something. We certainly don’t want our furniture scratched or our curtains ripped. That is why it is so important for the cat to have an option. A high, sturdy, and appropriate scratching post will satisfy her desires for climbing and scratching. And, when we see the feline contentedly cat napping on her high vertical post, we realize how much she really loves it.
Have you ever noticed, when you introduce your cat to a new cat tree, that she will check out the hole of the playhouse before she enters. Her whiskers tell her if the hole is big enough for her to enter. That is to say that cats have their own built in measuring tape. Her whiskers tell her immediately if there is room for her whole body in the cat tree playhouse. The cats whiskers are the their sensory tools. They are more deeply embedded in the cats body than their fur hair. Cats whiskers are connected to their muscular and nervous system. These important cat hairs send sensory messages to the cats brain and helps them to understand their surroundings.
As we examine these interesting cat hairs, we realize that there are 12 on each side of the cats face. These are distributed symmetrically and do even more than act as their sensory tool. They give us a hint as to the cats emotions. For example, if the whiskers are relaxed, the cat is relaxed, contented, and happy. If the whiskers are rigid and pulled back, the cat may be annoyed or feel threatened. If the whiskers are pushed forward, they are perhaps interested and curious about something.
Have you ever tried to gently stroke you cats whiskers? I have tried to stroke my cats whiskers. As a result, the cats face twitched. That is to say, the cat did not like it. She was annoyed. On the other hand, she loves to be petted and her fur stroked, but her whiskers are out of bounds. Cats also have whiskers around their eyes. They respond to the tiniest touch of something. They are an essential protection to their eyes and face. En conclusion to all this, cats whiskers are amazing!
Felines tend to gravitate to high places. What makes a cat enjoy sitting on the top of your refrigerator or on the highest perch on a cat tree? There are a number of reasons contributing to this.
The innate nature of felines is to climb to something high where she can observe her realm. Outside cats are both predator and prey. They escape to trees to evade their predators and they hunt for their food. The indoor house cat does not have to worry about hunting or being attacked by predators. However, their instincts are the same. To the cat, high places such as wall perches or tall scratching posts mean security, a place to retreat for safety. Small children, who follow kitty around, can annoy and cause stress for the cat. As a result, the cat immediately retreats to her high cat tree perch.
Vertical Space for Domestic Cats
Dr. Jennifer Fr, a veterinarian from Pennsylvania, states, “Vertical space is very, very important for cats.” She makes the suggestion that each cat should have a tall condo. These tall posts encourage exercise. There are various reasons why your cat should exercise daily. It helps to control weight gain, promotes activity, and bring contentment to your cat. Above all, it helps to keep your cat healthy, both physically and mentally. Katenna Jones, a certified cat behavior consultant states, ” Climbing posts are like litter boxes- they’re simply a must-have.” In conclusion, every home should be equipped with cat-specific vertical space.
A Warm Place for Kitty
Another reason kitty enjoys high places is because it is warmer up there. Heat rises and felines like to be warm. As you know, our normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Not so with kitty. Her normal body temperature is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. She enjoys sitting in the rays of sunlight coming through a window or she may choose to catnap on her very high perch which is lined with cozy faux fur.
Introducing your kitten to a cat scratching post may be frustrating at first. However, it should be a fun time for both you and your kitten. You get to enjoy the kitten’s excitement and playful antics and your feline learns that the post is something important to her.
Where to Put the Scratching Post
Before placing a cat pole, some thought must be given. Where would be the best place to put the cat scratching post. The kitten’s idea of a good place may not be yours. If you place the post in a secluded corner, the kitten will probably not take to it. Kittens want to be where people are. They prefer a prominent place in the home. Her place may not be your choice but as the kitten learns to use it, you can move it. If your kitten begins to scratch the carpet in a certain area, place the scratching pole there. Observe your cat. It is amazing how much the kitten can tell you by its actions.
Choosing a Suitable Cat Post
Choosing a suitable cat post is important for kitty. Choose one that is not complicated. If you choose a high post, the kitten will be intimidated by it. Either a single post or one of our kitten trees will be suitable for your little feline. You can add a more elaborate cat tree later.
Introducing Kitty to a Scratching Post
So, how do you go about introducing a kitten to a scratching post? There are a number of things that you can do. However, make sure that the kitten’s introduction to the post is a happy one.
So let’s get started! Start with a play time for your kitten. This needs to be scheduled daily so that kitty associates the post with play time. Purchase a wand type cat toy, or something that has a string with an attached article at the end. This will give the kitten something to swat. Play with your tiny pet around and cat post. Place the dangling cat toy close to the post in a position where the kitten has to reach up and swat at it. Place her favorite toy, if she has one, on the top of the cat scratching post and see if she will bound up to get it. Her introduction to the scratching post must truly be a fun one.
Continue with a scheduled play time. These play times will be rewarding. As a result, the kitten will realize that this new piece of cat furniture is wonderful to scratch. She will love this new addition to her home.
Choosing a cat scratching post may be problematic. There is a number of them on the market. However, choosing the right one for your cat is another story. Before you purchase a scratching post, consider your cat’s needs. It is crucial that you consider the cat’s size. Is your pet still a kitten, or is he medium sized, or full grown? Do you have a huge Maine Coon? Can you imagine how high the post would have to be for a Maine Coon cat?
A good post has these four important features.
Number one: The cat post must be high enough so that the cat can stretch his whole body. If he has to hunch or crouch down to stretch, the post is not high enough. It must be higher than the cat’s whole body. Measure your cat!
Number two: Check out the sturdiness and structure of this cat furniture. Some posts are poorly made and fall over when the cat bonds up to them This discourages the cat from using it again. Make sure that the base is firm and won’t move or wobble.
Number three: The third thing to consider is the fabric on the posts. Make sure that they are wrapped with sisal rope. Cats love to dig their claws into sisal rope’s tree like substance.
Number four: Check out the maximum holding weight of this cat furniture. This could become problematic for you if you have multiple cats or a Maine Coon.
In conclusion, choose your cat tree carefully and enjoy your cat.
Give your senior cat a Break! Cat trees may become a problem for senior cats. Is he still able to jump to his favorite perch, or has this become an agonizing task. As cats age, they become less active, less playful, less interested in that favorite high perch . However, I have good news for you. There is cat furniture suitable for senior felines.
Lifespan of cats
Cats live longer than they used to. This is due to improved nutrition and advanced veterinary medicine. The cat of eight years used to be called senior. That is not true anymore. Old age for cats today comes around 12 to 14 years. Dr. Goldstein, DVM, from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, relates that his oldest feline patient reached the old age of 22 years. Having said this, we all know that senior cats need extra tender loving care. A suitable cat tree can help with this.
Cat trees for senior cats
A cat tree can benefit your aging feline. Can you imagine how frustrated your aged and beloved pet must be when he can’t quite make it to his favorite perch? Senior cats need to have access to things that bring them contentment , a scratching post, and their own perch. The cat may not be able to climb to the highest perch any more, but would love to have a perch he can reach and call his own. Such a perch would give him security and strengthen his emotional health. Some cat furniture has specific features such as ramps which help senior cats. Other cat trees have low perches that are close to the floor. Others have low hanging hammocks. In conclusion, an appropriate cat tree will bring satisfaction and comfort to your beloved cat. What a delight for your senior cat!