Physiology of the Cat

Articles about feline physiology

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  • Cat Physiology Quiz
    How much do you know about your cat's physiology? Take this fun quiz and find out!
    February 2017

  • Cat's Age In Human Years
    Most people think that one year in a cat's life is equivalent to seven years in a human life. That is a myth . . .
    July 2020

  • * Catnip Response
    Some cats are eager when catnip is offered and seem to revel in its effects. Other cats may appear to avoid it, despite prior displays of catnip sensitivity. Why?.
    April 2017

  • * Falling From High Places
    Cats seem to have an uncanny ability to survive falls from high places.
    November 2002

  • * How A Cat Drinks
    Cats have a unique and sophisticated method of drinking...
    July 2022

  • How Your Cat Sees The World
    Everyone is familiar with the expression, "Cats see in the dark" . . . There is a lot of truth to that old adage. If we examine more closely exactly what a cat sees, you will realize that a cat is looking at a very different world than what people see . . .
    November 2013

  • * Huffing
    One of the most curious behaviors exhibited by a cat is called 'huffing'.
    January 2018

  • Interesting Cat Facts
    Cats purr at about 26 cycles per second, the same frequency as an idling diesel engine.
    July 2006

  • * Purr-fect Vibrations
    The purr of a cat has a magical quality. And part of the purr's magic is that we don't really understand how a cat does it.
    February 2001

  • Purrfect Vibrations
    The purr of a cat has a magical quality. And part of the purr's magic is that we don't really understand how a cat does it.
    August 2019

  • * Seeing In Color: A Cat's Perspective
    One of the most common questions veterinarians are asked it whether cats see in color...
    March 2008

  • * Self-Righting Reflex
    The cat's ability to always land on its feet when falling from a height is legendary. Learn how it accomplishes this feat...
    July 2015

  • Solving The Cat's Purr Mystery Using Acceleroleters
    The purr has lasted through hundreds of generations of cats, so there must be a survival mechanism behind its continued existence.
    January 2009

  • Sound of Healing
    A cat's purr may be able to heal bone fractures, increase bone density and control pain...
    January 2020

  • What is Normal?
    Do you know what the normal temperature of a cat should be? The average heart rate? Normal respiration rate?
    April 2016



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