Most dogs like to chase their tail and it’s usually funny to see. But did you know cats sometimes do this as well? Maybe you have a cat at home that likes to chase their own tail. Is this ever a problem and is there something you should do about it?
Let’s start with first things first: is it normal behavior to see a cat chasing its tail? Some cats do this for entertainment, but it is less common in cats than dogs. We already wrote a blog on what the tail of a cat can say, but we haven’t discussed cats chasing their own tails. There is a big difference between kittens and adult cats when it comes to this behavior. Kittens like to hunt and jump on everything that moves. It’s not uncommon to see them chasing their tail. It’s quite harmless and innocent if it happens occasionally. If you can distract your cat with something else, there is no problem.
However, if your kitten does this on a regular basis, it could become a real problem. By repeating this behavior to kill the boredom, they will associate it with entertainment and endorphins will be released in their brain. This reduces pain and boosts pleasure. They will continue to do this and will end up in a vicious circle. Play a lot with your kitten and stimulate them with new toys, puzzles and many more to stop this behavior.
It’s not always fun and games. This especially applies for adult cats. There can be a lot of medical reasons to explain this behavior. Pay attention to what is going on. Is your cat just having fun or do you see this on a regular basis? If you suddenly notice this out of the blue, it’s time to take action! This is why it’s important to know your purry friend’s normal body and tail language. Usually, there is a medical problem and it’s best to make an appointment with your vet. It could be an infection or it could be itchy from allergies.
There are a lot of variations and forms of cats chasing their tail. Sometimes they just run in circles trying to catch it. Others even hiss or growl! In extreme cases, cats can even bite it. That’s why it’s important to intervene as soon as possible with a visit to the vet.
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