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1 1st June 04:01
leah_lidtorf
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Some cats bite when you pull their tails, some seem to like it.

Why?
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2 1st June 04:02
leah_lidtorf
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Some cats bite when you pull their tails, some seem to like it.

Why?
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3 1st June 23:49
evelynvogtgamble(divamanque)
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"Like it"? Are you sure? My guess would be that it depends upon how
hard you pull! (A gentle tug is one thing, grabbing the cat and
suspending it by its tail is another.)
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4 1st June 23:49
jen.d
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Think the difference has a lot to do with how the cat was handled when they
were kittens. When we had Mugglesworth as a kitten we didn't know or think
to get him used to his tail and paws being touched or clipped (well, we
didn't think to do it often, was more the thing). So he hates it, and will
sort of make the motion of unhappiness, hissing and struggling if we clip
his claws or touch his tail.

Kid and Inky had very different upbringings because we had a little
experience with how difficult Muggles is, so we mads sure to get the other
two used to it. We can touch/tug/rearrange their tails and clip their claws
with no problem now. In fact, we even take Inky's tail and bap him in the
face lightly with it saying "why you hittin' yerself? why you hittin'
yerself" and he just sits there or starts chasing his tail like it's a fun
game. This is because we really "manhandled" them from the beginning so
they don't mind anything being touched or clipped - seem interested in the
occassion more than anything.

Dunno, but that's just us... I'm sure there are other cases where the cats
just hate it anyway from the get-go. I think it's normal for cats to dislike
the tail being touched.

Jen.
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5 1st June 23:50
jen.d
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Well Muggles doesn't like it being touched at *all*, wherase Kid *loves* it
when I stroke her right down her back and continue down the tail with a
slight pull. She comes back for more, & gets her motor runnin!

Quite obviously not a single cat would choose to be suspended by a tail -
how dangerous!

Jen.
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6 1st June 23:50
lrulan
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I don't exactly pull Jazz's tail, but I very firmly run it through my hand
from his back to the tip. He seems to like it.
Jazz & his mama

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7 1st June 23:50
gizela
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Gizmo has a kind of a threshold....she'll'' let you tug on it...to a certain
point at which time she'll look at me as if to say "now now, I'm not made of
plasticine".

And I read somewhere that since their skull is attached to their tail it can
be quitr painful (don't know how true this is but it kinda makes sense.

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8 1st June 23:50
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Aren't you the same person with the cats that won't "obey"? Are you serious?
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9 1st June 23:50
m. l. briggs
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When I groom TuTu I always include the tail -- but gently. Hard
pulling can injure the spinal cord. I use a fine comb, love glove,
or brush -- she enjoys all of them. MLB
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10 1st June 23:50
evelynvogtgamble(divamanque)
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"Like it"? Are you sure? My guess would be that it depends upon how
hard you pull! (A gentle tug is one thing, grabbing the cat and
suspending it by its tail is another.)
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