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6 Ways Cats Use Their Tails as Fashion Statements

It's not only the placement of the tail -- it's the attitude that goes along with it.

Angie Bailey  |  Nov 2nd 2015


Cats are naturally well-put-together beings. Look at them — they’re constantly bathing and smoothing their fur, and seem to enjoy openly flaunting their fancy selves. Plus, they know they must remain camera ready, because we humans are a camera-happy bunch. They could be the subject of a social media post at any given time. That’s a lot of pressure, people.

Cats can easily change their look by changing the position of their tail. It’s not only the placement of the tail — it’s the attitude that goes along with it. Have you ever paid attention to how a cat uses her tail? Like sat and watched the many ways she wraps, shakes, and rests it? I assume you’re as cat-obsessed as I am (because why else are you reading this), so of course you’ve logged your fair share of tail-watching time. With that in mind, you’ll agree that sometimes cats use their tails as fashion accessories — or at least that’s how I imagine the whole situation.

Here are six ways I’ve observed fuzzy little fashionistas use their rear appendages.

1. The “scarf” look

Fashion and function!

Fashion and function!

I can’t claim ownership of this one. One of my Instagram followers commented that her husband calls the tidy tail-wrap around the feet a “scarf.” Of course, now I can’t think of that look any other way! In addition to the adorableness of the look, the tail also keeps the kitty toes warm. Maybe we should start wearing scarves around our feet. What do you think? Maybe not.

2. The “train” look

Behold!

Behold!

Cats with luxurious tails often let the poof elegantly rest behind them, like the train of a wedding dress. They know they look glamorous, too — you can see it on their faces. I’ve seen my Saffy choose a particular way of sitting that accentuates her glorious tail, which looks especially striking in the sun.

3. The “leg warmer” look

"What a feeling!"

“What a feeling!”

The mini tail-wrap around the back haunch is a perfect leg warmer. Kitties haven’t even watched Flashdance, yet they can totally rock that style. And they’re cool with the whole Flashdance comparison, as long as we don’t drop a bucket of water on them and expect them to dance.

4. The “pulling it all together” look

"Yes. Now I am complete."

“Yes. Now I am complete.”

Sometimes you need that accessory that pulls your entire look together. Have you ever gotten dressed for an event, looked in the mirror, and thought, “This outfit is missing just a little something, and if I had it, I’d look absolutely dazzling!” Of course you have, and kitties have, too. This is when they pull out something like a “wrap around” tail look. They’re curled up, looking cuter than cute, but when that tail comes around and completes the look, they look cuter than cuter than cute.

5. The “diva boa” look

"Who's fabulous now?"

“Who’s fabulous now?”

Who’s a bigger diva than a cat? Maybe no one. Cats like to be in the spotlight, and are demanding of our attention. This is where the diva-boa tail comes in handy. If they want to show up another cat who’s trying to steal the spotlight, all they have to do is pop out that boa and — ta-da! — instant upstage! Cats get the attention they rightly deserve, and look great doing it.

6. The “sleep mask” look

"Leave me alone! Can't you see I'm wearing my sleep mask?"

“Leave me alone! Can’t you see I’m wearing my sleep mask?”

I’ve never worn a sleep mask, but I’ve seen some fancy ones. Cats are lucky because their tails can reach all the way up, and easily lay across, their eyes. I think it’s a super cute look, but I’m not so sure they require a mask in order to sleep. This is how I know it’s a only a fashion statement. Zero practicality.

In what ways do your cats use their tails as fashion statements? Tell us in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.