Unique Cat Tails: Top 25 Breeds
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Unique Cat Tails: Top 25 Breeds

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Recently we talked about how to read your cat’s “tail language.” Now let’s look at some of the most unique cat tails out there! We pick our top four unique cat tails and take a look at some favorites among cats with long tails, cats with fluffy tails, and cats with striped tails. 

Top 4 unique cat tails

Kurilian Bobtail

Kurilian Bobtail cat - unique cat tails
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The Kurilian Bobtail displays a short pom-pom tail that complements his glorious, winter-ready fur coat. This natural cat breed was first found on Russia’s Sakhalin island and Kuril archipelago.

Somali

Somali cat - unique cat tails
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On first glance, the Somali cat's unique, fox-like tail combined with her beautiful ruddy coat, ear tufts, and cunning expression makes us think we’re looking at a fox instead of a feline!

LaPerm

LaPerm cats - unique cat tails
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It’s easy to see where the “perm” comes in with the distinctive shaggy ringlets found on the LaPerm cat’s tail. This breed’s curls typically come in when they are between 2 and 3 years old.

American Ringtail

American Ringtail cat - unique cat tails
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American Ringtail cats carry their unique tails curled over their backs. Despite what some may think, this isn’t a deformity or result of an injury—it’s just the super cute way this breed does it!

Cats with long tails

Kinkalow

Kinkalow cat - cats with long tails
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The tiny Kinkalow cat breed is a cross between the Munchkin and the American Curl. Their elegant tails are often longer than the length of their bodies! These cats also sport cute curled ears.

Oriental Shorthair

Oriental Shorthair cat - cats with long tails

Oriental Shorthairs are long, slender cats, and likewise have long, slender tails. This man-made breed is derived from the Siamese cat, but the Oriental cat comes in an impressive 281 colors!  

Russian Blue

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In addition to her hallmark silvery-blue dense coat, the Russian Blue cat displays her elegance with a long, tapering tail. These cats are known as the Archangel cats due to their Russian port of origin.

Siamese

Siamese cat - cats with long tails
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The ancient Siamese breed is a long, elegant cat that is “defined by extremes”—including her long, tapering tail. It is believed that Siamese cats are descended from the sacred temple cats in Siam, now called Thailand.

Sphynx

Sphynx cat - cats with long tails
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The man-made Sphynx cat is perhaps the most popular hairless cat breed. Their tails are long, hard, and tapering; the tails may be as hairless as the rest of the body, or display a fine down.

Turkish Van

Turkish Van cat - cats with long tails
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These long, large cats also have large, long tails, all of which aids in the breed’s natural habitat among the harsh landscape of the mountains and eastern Turkey’s cold climate.

Cats with fluffy tails

Balinese

Balinese cat - cats with fluffy tails
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Balinese cats are known for their fine, silky fur, striking blue eyes, and plumed tails. These fine-boned, graceful cats are named after dancers on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Birman

Birman cat - cats with fluffy tails
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Semi-longhaired Birman cats have bushy tails that elegantly contrast their deep sapphire eyes. Legend has it, this breed acquired their appearance from a blue-eyed goddess in ancient Burma. 

Maine Coon

Maine Coon cat - cats with fluffy tails
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The large Maine Coon sports a magnificent mane, along with a magnificent fluffy tail! Maine Coons are known for being superior mousers and are often polydactyl. 

Nebelung

Nebelung cat - cats with fluffy tails
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The Nebelung, which looks like a longhaired variety of the Russian Blue, sports a long tail with a full thick plume. And like Russian Blues, these cats are reserved, but loving and loyal to their bonded humans. 

Norwegian Forest Cat

Norwegian Forest Cat - cats with fluffy tails
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The large, muscular Norwegian Forest Cat has a long, full, and flowing tail. Interestingly, these cats have a water-resistant coat that comes in handy in their harsh Scandanavian homeland. 

Persian

Persian cat - cats with fluffy tails
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Persian cats, sometimes called “furniture with fur” because of their long periods of inactivity, sport short, fluffy tails carried straight and low. They’re known for their long, shimmering coat.

Turkish Angora

Turkish Angora - cats with fluffy tails
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The beautiful Turkish Angora cat has a tail that changes somewhat with the seasons: In the summer, the tail is fluffy, while in the winter it becomes fully plumed to complement the full winter coat.

Cats with striped tails

Tabbies

Orange tabby cat - cats with striped tails
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While tabby isn’t a breed of cat, it’s a very common coat pattern found among countless cat breeds. Striped (mackerel), spotted, and classic tabbies quite often display striped tails.

Savannah

Savannah cat - cats with striped tails
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The exotic Savannah cat with her striped tail was developed after a domestic cat crossed with an African Serval gave birth to a kitten in 1986. This breed is known for growing larger than the average cat.

Bengal

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The spotted Bengal cat is the result of a domestic cat crossed with an Asian Leopard Cat. This highly active and intelligent breed is known for its love of water and play.

Toyger

Toyger cat - cats with striped tails
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The Toyger is a brown mackerel tabby developed to have branching stripes and orange and black or brown coloration reminiscent of a tiger’s pattern. That includes the tail, as well!

Cheetoh

Cheetoh cat - cats with striped tails
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The large, muscular Cheetoh was bred to look like a jungle cat with Bengal and Ocicat parents. This fun-loving breed enjoys playing, running, and jumping through every room in the house. 

Egyptian Mau

Egyptian Mau cat - cats with striped tails
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The silvery ancient Egyptian Mau is the only naturally spotted breed of domestic cat. This is another cat that loves water, and can run up to an incredible 30 miles per hour!

Ocicat

Ocicat - cats with striped tails
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The spotted Ocicat was created by accident in 1964 when breeders were trying to develop a Siamese with points the same color as an Abyssinian. This cat looks wild but is very devoted to his family.

Serengeti

Serengeti cat - cats with striped tails

The Serengeti cat was developed to look like the wild African Serval. The breed has no wild blood, however, as a cross between a Bengal and an Oriental Shorthair.

What’s your favorite among our list of unique cat tails? Are you preferential to cats with long tails or cats with fluffy tails? What about cats with striped tails? You’ll have the pick of the litter with the cats above!

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