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Interesting Cat Anatomy Facts

Interesting Cat Anatomy Facts

By: Vanessa Tolentino

Interesting Cat Anatomy facts: From their triangular ears to their cute toe beans, it is no secret that kitties have the most adorable features, but what do you really know about your cat’s anatomy? What do their whiskers do? What about their rough tongues? Like any creature, every part of your kitty’s body plays an integral role in their survival skills! In this article, we’ll go over the most interesting parts of a cat’s anatomy and what makes them special!
The Tongue
If you’ve ever been licked by a cat, you’ve definitely felt the sandpaper-like texture of their tongue. This strange and gritty feature is shared among all cats, big and small! The prickly spikes are called papillae and work like a comb that kitties use to groom themselves. The papillae help to remove fur and dirt from their coats, but are also shaped to specifically carry saliva which is then wicked across your kitty’s fur! The Whiskers Did you know that a cat’s whiskers are only as long as its body is wide? Whiskers help cats determine if they can fit into tight spaces. Whiskers are connected to nerve endings that can sense everything that they touch. They can detect changes in air pressure which allows them to tell if there are objects around them. This is super helpful when traveling around at night!
The Eyes
Can cats really see in the dark? Have you ever seen your cat’s laser beam eyes in the middle of the night and wondered why they are so reflective? In the dark, light is absorbed into a cat’s eyes and then any unabsorbed light is reflected off a mirror-like surface behind the retina. It is then reabsorbed into the retina allowing a cat to be able to see in the dark with only a fraction of the light humans need to see!
The Purr
A purring kitty is one of life’s greatest joys, but why do they do that? Cats purr for a variety of different reasons, not just because they are happy. Cats sometimes purr to soothe themselves when they are in stressful situations, like around strangers and at the vet. It is important to be able to recognize your kitty’s behaviors so no one mistakes their stress purrs for happy purrs! Some research shows that the frequency at which a cat purrs can help stimulate healing and even bone growth! For kittens, a mother’s purr helps the little kitties find their way back to mama.
The Ears
A cat’s ears are a great indicator of how a cat is feeling. If they are flat, it might mean they are scared. If they are perked upright, it may mean that your kitty is happy, and if they are turned back, this may indicate that your cat is annoyed and might be getting ready to retaliate! With 32 muscles in the ears alone, cats have a directional hearing, meaning they can tune their hearing into whatever direction they want, not just the direction they are facing. Each ear can move independently, thanks to all those muscles! Cats have a better sense of hearing than dogs and of course, humans, which is why they may be able to hear visitors before they even arrive at
your doorstep!

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