One thing is undeniable: the flexibility, speed, and height that cats possess, so this is made possible by their unique bone structure.
So looking at the spine and legs of a cat, we can see that this gives them good footing and agility while giving them the power in their legs to reach high areas.
While a cat has somewhere around 230-245 bones in its system, depending on the type, you might be thinking about how all of this works, so to find out more, we'll look closely at each section to remove the air of mystery that surrounds your feline friend.
An Overview Of A Cat's Skeletal System
We know that a human has around 206-213 but starts with 270, so you can get a good idea of how this stacks up, and this is made possible by a human's bones fusing as they grow, but what if we want to take a closer look?
You can find out how each section of the skeleton is made up, so this can be seen as:
How Tough Are A Cat's Bones?
You can see from many examples that a cat's musculoskeletal system can absorb quite a lot of shock from falls or damage, so it's going to take some considerable shock or sustained pressure to break or fracture a bone.
However, cats do experience broken leg bones more often than any other part of the body, and there are usually signs that your cat shows that there could be a fracture or break.
Are There Any Interesting Aspects Of A Cat's Skeleton?
The way the structure remains light while allowing them to walk on the tips of their toes and sneak around is more to do with sneaking up on prey, although the domestic cat doesn't need this and is similar in explaining why they spend so much time sleeping.
What's more interesting is that a cat's skeleton is made up of four distinctly-made types of bone, and these are known as the long bones, irregular bones, short bones, and flat bones, which all work to keep everything in place and allow movement.
This all means that a cat can jump as high as 4-5 feet, which is five or six times its height on average, and through their evolution, they have developed a righting reflex that has made landing easier for them with retractable claws that assist them.
Are There Any Limits To How Far A Cat Can Fall?
The thing here is that there isn't a definitive answer, and you'd not want to put it to the test, but it is said that a cat fell 32 stories and suffered a damaged tooth and a collapsed lung, but don't worry, the cat was discharged after two days.
There have also been stories of cats that have fallen seven and even 19 stories and received minor injuries, with a relatively large surface area in proportion to its weight, and can slow their descent if you compare this to humans.
This means that your cat can go wondering up trees and high balconies and have gained a fundamental instinct for being able to sense which way is down, so cats are more adept to these kinds of environments than what we initially expect.
You love your cat, and now you know more about them, you can perhaps work out why they act the way they do, as this is something that has puzzled many and may feel like spontaneity instead of instinct.
The bond that exists between you and your cat is something you cherish, so picking up on these behaviors is an excellent way to identify issues that may arise with your cat, plus you two make the best of friends.
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