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5 Feline Superpowers

cat jumping super powers blogOkay, cats may not actually have superpowers, but they do have some pretty unique abilities. Below are five feline talents that help them play, hunt, and explore:

1. Psychic whiskers: A change in airflow can be enough for a cat’s whiskers to pick up on nearby movement. Cats also use their whiskers to check for signs of life in their prey and decide if a space is big enough for them to fit through.

2. Heightened sense of smell: Felines use their sense of smell to recognize enemies, seek out mates, and identify people and cats. What makes things more interesting is that cats have the ability to taste what they smell, due to a structure in their mouth called the vomeronasel organ.

3. Super speed: Cats have natural predatory instincts and rely greatly on their speed. Some cat breeds can reach up to 30 mph for short distances.

4. Extraordinary balance: Cats have a knack for climbing, walking along narrow surfaces, and perching themselves in precarious places. A cat’s tail helps her maintain balance during all of these activities.

5. Built-in brakes and shock absorbers: The skin on a cat’s paw pads is much thicker than the rest of the body, which is good news because the pads serve as brakes when a cat is leaping forward and as cushions when a cat is landing.

 

 

 

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{ 3 comments… add one }
  • Heather July 15, 2015, 2:05 pm

    Cats are amazing creatures! I’m totally in love with my kitty!

  • Orville August 2, 2015, 9:18 pm

    I know cats use their tails for balance, but what about those type cats, Manx cats for example that only have a bob or stubby tail, not an elegant long tail like many other breeds. So by them NOT having a tail or just a stub of one, my cat Saffyre only has a short stubby tail, maybe not more than 3-4 inches long, how do these cats maintain balance without an actual tail or just a snub/stub of one? Is there something in their makeup that compensates for the lack of or having a short snub/stub of a tail?

  • Juanita August 4, 2015, 9:00 am

    I urge everyone, if you adopt a pet or find it on the street, please take it to your closest Spay & Neuter Clinic and get it fixed.
    Do not dump your animal on the street.
    Treat your animal as a part of your own family.

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