7 “Best” Cat Breeds With Long Tails – Photos and Names

Cat owners feel happy when they are greeted by their pets with their tails high in the air as the sign of happiness.

If your cat is long-tailed, she can “perform the greeting more effectively.” Many are curious why cats have tails and whether the part is essential for them. A tail has a different practical and emotional connotation for cats. Tails help cats keep balance when they have to walk on narrow paths, on the tree branches, etc. With the help of tails, they can make quick and sharp turns. Tails help cats to communicate.

Many cat owners believe that with their tails held high cats express happiness, while when they see the prey, they keep their tails low. When the spinal cord ends, the nerves which ensure sensation to the hind legs, tail, large intestine, bladder, and anus extend outwards towards the tail without the protection of spinal bones.

Occasional pulling on the tail, or an injury of the part, may damage the nerves, causing chronic pain, inability to straighten up the tail, inability to walk and other serious problems. If a tail is amputated due to some complications, a cat can live without it.

Cats with Long Tails

Persian Cat

The alternative name of the cat is a Persian longhair or Longhair. The cat is from Iran, with long, soft hair, broad head, and round face. The cat’s coat is thick, eyes are large, and the muzzle is short. An average lifespan is between 12-17 years. The cat weighs about 7-12 pounds.

The cats first emerged in the United States in the 19th century and immediately became popular. The cat is described as sweet and quiet. Most of the health issues for Persian cats are due to their facial structure. The cats may suffer from breathing difficulties, excessive tearing, dental malocclusions, eye conditions, heat sensitivity, kidney diseases, ringworms and skin conditions. The cats require daily grooming. The cats prefer to be indoors rather than outdoors.

Bengal Cat

The origin of the cat is the United States. Bengal cats are hybrids of domestic cats and the Asian Leopard Cat. The cats have two main fur patterns – swirly marbled and common spotted. They have lovely, white bellies. The average lifespan ranges between 14 and 16 years. The Bengal cat’s weight is 8 to 15 pounds or more.

Jean Mill, who was a breeder in California, was the first to make such a cross occasionally. She had acquired a leopard cat and let her be with a black tom cat not to feel alone. She did not think the two could mate, but kittens resulted. The Bengal cat is highly intelligent and very active; you will have no time for boredom with her. Bengal Cats are mostly healthy, but they may face one of the following health issues: Distal neuropathy, hip dysplasia, flat-chested kitten syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, progressive retinal atrophy.

Scottish Fold

The alternative names for the cat are folds, Scot folds, or lop. The cat comes from Scotland. It is a medium-sized cat between four-six kilograms. The Scottish fold is both long-haired and short-haired, with ears folded or regular.

An average lifespan is between 11 and 15 years. The cat was first imported into the United States in 1971. Scottish Folds are smart and moderately active. They love teaser and puzzle toys. Most of the health issues the cat may face are genetic. Scottish Folds may suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a form of a heart disease and degenerative joint disease. The latter mainly affects tail, but also knee joints and ankle.

Siamese Cat

The alternative name of the cat is Meezer, and she is coming from Thailand. The Siamese cat enjoys the muscular body, and his head has a triangle shape. An average lifespan of the cat is 15-20 years. Siamese cat is a natural breed and her coat pattern, an original pointed pattern, is because of genetic mutation.

Due to their unusual appearance the cats were not popular initially in the United States. However, they became fashionable when President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife became the recipients of the cat shipped to them in 1878 by an American diplomat stationed in Thailand. The cats are opinionated and talkative, fond of the people they love with. They do not love being alone and prefer to spend time in playing. The cat may suffer from asthma, amyloidosis and aortic stenosis.

Turkish Angora

The alternative name of the cat is Ankara. She comes from Turkey. The cats have long, silky coats. Their lifespan is between 12-18 years. It is a natural breed and takes the name from the Ankara city, having no connection with Angora sweaters. However, the cat’s fur is as soft and beautiful as Angora sweaters. The cats first appeared in the United States in 1954. The cat weighs 5-9 pounds. They are both gorgeous and smart; there are no closed doors or high, unreachable shelves for the breed. The Angora cat is quite active. The Turkish Angora is playful and loyal to family members.

The cat is healthy in most cases. However, big, white Angora cats, with one or two blue eyes are prone to deafness. The deafness may occur in one or both ears. The cat may also suffer from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and ataxia.

Bombay Cat

The alternative name of the cat is the American Bombay Cat. The cat comes from the United States. The Bombay cat has a muscular body and short hair. An average lifespan is 15-20 years. The cats have yellow eyes in most cases. The breed has nothing to do with India and Bombay.

The breed was created due to crosses between black American Shorthairs and Burmese to resemble a black panther. Nikki Horner is the name of the breeder who developed the breed. The cat is very lovable and affectionate, feels comfortable in a circle of many, beloved people. The cat has a specific but not a loud voice and loves interactive toys. The breed is mostly healthy. The cat may face craniofacial defect- a head defect which is more common in newborn kittens.

Egyptian Mau

The alternative name of the cat is just Mau. The cat is muscular, and slander, with front legs shorter than hind legs. An average lifespan is between 13-16 years. It weighs 6-14 pounds. The cat is a rare, spotted, domesticated cat. The spotted pattern is in its genes which is not frequent. The cats were known in Europe before the World War II. The war made a very negative influence on the breed, left it in a perilous state.

The cat appeared in the United States in the 20th century. Mau has a quiet, pleasant voice and is loyal to her owner. The cat can be both moderately and highly active. They are mostly healthy but may have some genetic issues. You need to ask a breeder about the possible health issues and the tests that have been done on the cat.

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