8 Cat Attributes That You Might Not Know!
14 September, 2017
8 cat attributes

Any cat owner knows that our felines are funny, furry family members that make amazing companions.  While each cat is different, there are many common attributes that make our cats special and interesting.  Some of us cat lovers know how our little cat athletes have many amazing traits, but here are eight attributes that you might not know.

1. Amazing sense of smell

Did you know that cats have an amazing sense of smell?  Cats have a structure in the roof of the mouth called the vomeronasal organ, which enables them essentially to taste what they smell. If your cat sometimes holds his mouth open, he may be exposing scents, such as pheromones, to this organ for processing. Cats also use their nose to identify friend, enemies, humans and other cats’ territories.

2. Their whiskers are navigation tools

A cat’s whiskers are thicker than ordinary hairs, have deeper roots and help our cats with sensory information. Whiskers are so sensitive that they don’t have to touch an object for a cat to sense nearby movement or change. Their whiskers also help cats’ measure tight spaces to decide whether they can fit. Whisker-like hairs behind the front legs help cats feel their prey, while whiskers above the eyes trigger a blinking reflex to protect the eyes when an object nears the cat.

3. Cats have super- fast feet

Some cats reach speeds of about 30 miles per hour over short distances. The cat’s back legs support most of his body when he jumps. You’ve probably noticed how right before your cat pounces, his rear legs shimmy and his rear end starts to wiggle. This is how your cat sizes up a jump and tests the firmness of takeoff.

4. Their tail balances our cats

Besides helping humans and other cats judge your cat’s mood, his tail helps him balance himself when climbing a tree or precariously perching on the back of your sofa. The tail also helps cats to maintain their balance when making a sharp turn in pursuit of an insect or mouse!

5. Cats have incredible hearing

Your cats’ will be the first to hear a noise outside or even further! Your cats’ cone-shaped ears can pick up sounds and movements up to five times farther than humans, which helps them pinpoint the exact location of the source.  Follow your cat if you think he might hear something you need to.

6. Cats are far-sighted

You may have noticed that your feline friend typically does not see a piece of kibble on the floor right under his nose or eyes!  Cats have a hard time focusing their eyes on close, unmoving objects — they’re much better at seeing movement and objects that are far away. Cats often paw water before drinking it to determine where the surface is since they can’t see it that well.

7. Cats have super tough tongues

Do you know why your cat’s tongue feels so much like coarse sandpaper? Papillae, or small, backward-pointing projections on the surface of the cat’s tongue, actually contain keratin, the tough substance that is also found in human fingernails. These abrasive projections, which allow a cat’s tongue to act like a comb, are an essential tool in untangling fur during grooming.

8. Their paw pads are super thick

The outer layer of skin on the paw pads is considerably thicker than the skin elsewhere on the body. The large pad on the back of the front paw often serves as a brake after leaping forward. That pad and the other rounded pads on the paws below the toe bones cushion movement and are prime shock absorbers when landing.

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