Anatomy of the cat: see 7 curiosities about the body of felines

 Anatomy of the cat: see 7 curiosities about the body of felines

Tracy Wilkins

Feline behaviour and abilities are surrounded by curiosities: cats are extremely flexible and fast animals, they have a keen instinct and are very intelligent. Who has never been surprised by a cat jumping from a high place and falling perfectly upright? It is also interesting to see how felines can get out and in through very small gaps and climb on furniture with ease. allthese abilities are explained by their muscle and bone structure. For you to better understand, we have separated 7 curiosities about the cat's anatomy . Check it out below!

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1) The cat's spine is basically made up of muscles

Of course, cats have a bony structure, but what binds their spines together is a muscular tissue - in humans, ligaments are there to fulfil this function. In cats, this structure ensures high flexibility, mainly because the amount of muscle is greater than that of bone.

2) The shape of the cat skull allows it to have superior hearing

Cats hear very well. To give you an idea, a young, healthy human can distinguish and hear well at around 20,000 hertz, which is already extremely high-pitched. A cat, on the other hand, is capable of reaching much higher pitches, between 60,000 and 100,000 hertz - which would certainly leave us permanently deaf. This great hearing capacity is guaranteed by the feline skull,which is able to resonate sounds much louder.

3) The cat sees better in the dark because of the structure of the retina

Kittens do not see most colors. On the other hand, cat's eyes adapt very well in the dark. The explanation lies in the ocular anatomy of felines: as with humans, the retina of kittens captures images by means of cones and rods, cells responsible for color recognition and luminosity, respectively. In this case, the rods are in greaterconcentration in the eyes of felines (unlike people, who pick up more colors in daytime vision): this increases their ability to absorb more light from the environment.

Cats use their tails to communicate with their humans. Unlike dogs, which wag their tails to show joy, happiness or anxiety, cats move their tails by instinct: if the tail is stretched vertically, it is because the animal is seeking balance to walk, especially in smaller or narrow spaces; a relaxed and downward tail ensures greater speed; now if the tail is stretched vertically, it is because the animal is seeking balance to walk, especially in smaller or narrower rocking, make no mistake: the cat is angry about something.

6) Cats have no collarbone

Have you ever wondered how your cat manages to get through any gap without hurting himself? Or how he manages to lie down inside a box that is apparently not compatible with his size? The explanation lies in the fact that kittens do not have a collarbone, but rather a cartilage in place that allows him to move, stretch his body and get into narrower places.

7) A cat can jump up to seven times its own height

The cat may not have seven lives, but it can multiply its jump by up to seven times if it needs to. The cat has a complex and flexible muscular structure, especially in its paws, with a spring-like mechanism (which stretches and contracts easily): this allows it to have more momentum for higher jumps. In addition, cats will always land on their feet, no matter how high they are. butattention: this does not mean that he will not get hurt. The impact remains the same and care must remain.

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Tracy Wilkins

Jeremy Cruz is a passionate animal lover and dedicated pet parent. With a background in veterinary medicine, Jeremy has spent years working alongside veterinarians, gaining invaluable knowledge and experience in caring for dogs and cats. His genuine love for animals and commitment to their well-being led him to create the blog Everything you need to know about dogs and cats, where he shares expert advice from veterinarians, owners, and respected experts in the field, including Tracy Wilkins. By combining his expertise in veterinary medicine with insights from other respected professionals, Jeremy aims to provide a comprehensive resource for pet owners, helping them understand and address their beloved pets' needs. Whether it's training tips, health advice, or simply spreading awareness about animal welfare, Jeremy's blog has become a go-to source for pet enthusiasts seeking reliable and compassionate information. Through his writing, Jeremy hopes to inspire others to become more responsible pet owners and create a world where all animals receive the love, care, and respect they deserve.