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Anatomy - Parts of the Cat

Learn the basic facts about feline anatomy, the parts of a cat and how they work. How do cats use their sense of smell for survival? Why do cats' eyes glow in the dark? Learn all this and more about the body of the incredible cat.

Clever and Practical Uses for Cat Fur
When I was just a young kid from Arkansas, whenever I'd ask my mom "what fer?" her reply was inevitably, "Cat fur makes kitten britches." Since then, we've found that there are a number of clever, practical, and even humane uses for cat fur. Our Cat Forum members came up with several unique uses for starters, and you will be asked to contribute your ideas.

Signs of a Healthy Cat Part 1: The Head
Is your cat healthy? Know first what a healthy cat looks and feels like. If your cat meets all the criteria, then monitor him regularly, so you can spot any changes in his health right away. Part 1 covers a healthy cat's head.

Signs of a Healthy Cat Part 2: The Upper Body, Legs, & Front Feet
The well-toned upper body of a healthy cat will give the impression of supple strength, which in movement translates to speed, agility, and grace. To see a cat crouched down on the hunt for prey, and moving in a slow motion "crawl" is poetry in motion. His frame is aligned perfectly, and every muscle, tendon, and bone move in tandem.

Signs of a Healthy Cat Part 2: The Upper Body, Legs, & Front Feet
The well-toned upper body of a healthy cat will give the impression of supple strength, which in movement translates to speed, agility, and grace. To see a cat crouched down on the hunt for prey, and moving in a slow motion "crawl" is poetry in motion. His frame is aligned perfectly, and every muscle, tendon, and bone move in tandem.

The Complete Cat
The inimitable working of the body parts of cats epitomizes the concept of form and function. Let's examine some of those parts that make up the cat.

What is the difference between cat hair and cat fur?
A question many cat lovers may have thought of but never asked is, 'What is the difference between cat hair and cat fur?' Is there a difference? Learn a whole lot more about cat hair/fur with this FAQ.

Flehmen aka Flehmen Response
Read this cat behavior article about flehmen, and cat scenting cat pheromones. Learn how cats use flehman cat behavior to smell cat pheromones in this article about cat scenting.

In the Eyes of a Cat
It has been said that eyes are the window to the soul, and nowhere is this more evident than in the eyes of a cat. Aside from romantic gazing, there are also a number of things you can learn by looking into a cat's eyes.

The Nose Knows
Did you know that a cat's sense of smell is fourteen times stronger than a human's? Cats depend on their sense of smell for their very survival; in fact it could be said that a cat's nose is its most important organ. Learn more about the amazing nose of a cat to understand his behavior better

Why Cats Purr
Most experienced "cat wranglers" now know that cats don't purr only when they are content and happy. They also purr during tense or traumatic moments.

What Makes Cats Work?
Have you ever wondered what makes a cat tick? Ever watched a cat scrunch up his nose before walking through a door and wondered what the heck he was sniffing? Learn more from this overview of the parts of a cat's body and how they work.

Cat Anatomy
Outstanding illustrated treatise on a cat's anatomy from the experts at Washington State University.

How the Sense of Smell Influences Cat Behavior
Dr.Holly Frisby, DVM, MS, explains why certain "behavioral problems" are actually related to their remarkable sense of smell.

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