T is for Tails – #AtoZChallenge

Greetings and salutations! Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!

Cat tails! They’re a plant, and an appendage on your favorite furred friend.

Tails are excellent nose warmers when napping. Wrapping a tail from stem to stern is the best way to keep a cat snout toasty.

Tails are also excellent mood meters. For observant cat caretakers, a flickering tail can reveal annoyance, boredom, amusement, and aggression.

If you think the lack of a tail means cold noses and impassive felines, you’d be partially right about the former, but not at all about the latter. Although cats are flexible, seeing a cat with a nose under a stubbed tail is not completely impossible. And if you don’t have a tail as a meter, follow the ears and the whiskers.

But we’re not talking about either of those.

Tails are also excellent antennas. If your cat’s ears aren’t strong enough to get a good signal, their tail will pop to assist in reception. Felines without generous quantities of caudal vertebrae will often simply stand next to tall items of furniture and decoration. Also, trees are good for reception as well.

And there are the usual things that tails are good for. Balance,communication, steering in water (if your feline friend swims), and marking territory. But those aren’t nearly as much fun as my list.


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