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How does a cat’s tail help keep the animal balanced?

Almost 10 percent of a cat’s bones are in its tail, and the tail is used to maintain the animal’s balance. A cat’s tail plays a vital part in its “righting reflex” that allows it to land on its feet after falling from a height. Cats can survive a long fall because of their agility and balance, which they develop as kittens. When falling, the fluid in a cat’s inner ear shifts, and the cat rotates its head until it equalizes and the fluid is level. The cat’s body automatically shifts to follow the head, and the cat lands on its feet. A cat also uses its tail to communicate.

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