Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cats Have Tail Bones

Let me preface this by referring you to a post written by The Missus about the million or so hours that I've worked in the last little bit. Nah, I'm too tired to copy and paste. Suffice it to say that I've been working full time, working in the theater full time and on occasion sleeping as little as thirty eight minutes before starting a new day.

Tonight, with all the Short People in bed The Missus and I were sitting on the couch with our big, fat cat Jake in between us. I was absentmindedly petting him and twirling his tail. Somehow it came to mind that somebody's cat had a broken tail and I said something to the effect of, "Cat's can break their tails."

"Duuuuuh!" said The Missus, "have ya seen our other cat's tail?"

"So there's bones in there" I continued, mulling it over. I grabbed Fat Jake by the tail and started feeling around for the proof. And sunovabitch... there's bones in there! It was the weirdest thing. I always thought cat tails were just like spaghetti with fur on them. It never occurred to me that inside all that fluffy softness there would be bones.

And that is my contribution to rational thought for the evening. Another mystery solved!

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  1. To explain about the other cat's tail: FOR YEARS the tail has sported a 90 degree angle about three inches from the end. Just about the right look for a cat who may have had his tail shut in a door.

    Also? The googles have put up some really great ads.

  2. Yeah.. Sausage is still recovering from a broken tail.. our second born midget shut hers in a cabinet door in the basement.

    Not sure if it was just because it was a 7-8wk old kitten.. but the bones look more like cartilage. Hers broke about 2-3" from the end.. it kind of.. dangles.

  3. Glad to read your surviving your halacious work hours. Hang in there the snow will melt in about 3 more months!

    As for the cats tail you should have paid more attention in Shea's biology class.

  4. Anonymous5:30 AM

    A 90 degree kink at the end of the tail can be a sign that the cat is part siamese. It is a common genetic characteristic of siamese cats to have that kink. The folklore is that the cats were favorites of thai princesses and that they were bred to have that kink so that when a princess went to bathe, she could put her rings on the cat's tail and they would not fall off.


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