Why Do Cats Chase Their Tails?

A cat chasing its own tail can have several meanings – not all of which are fun.

My cat Alexei certainly does and I always find it very amusing. I didn’t realise that cats actually did this until I got my Siberian cat.

Here are some things to think about if your cat is chasing its tail.

Kittens in particular love to pounce and to chase moving items – including their own tail! For a kitten chasing its own tail is just plain old good fun.

To Play

Bored or stressed cats can do some odd things to alleviate their feelings. One of those is to chase or attack their own tail.

To relieve Boredom or Stress

If your cat is in pain it is likely to focus its attention on the area which is causing the problem. This may be through licking, biting or scratching.

To Relieve Pain

Your cat is a natural hunter. He will have an essential desire to chase things that move. His own tail, all fluffy and potentially twitching may prove irresistible.

To Practice Hunting

It is most likely that your cat chasing its tail is harmless behaviour. There is a condition called Feline Hyperesthesia which is essentially cat obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Feline OCD

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