The Senses (The Essential Cat)

Hunting animals depend on their acute sense for the detection of prey, and the domestics cat retains all the perceptual abilities used by the tiger that prowls the jungle at night.

The cat's eye is constructed in much the same way as that of a human being, but there are important modifications that enable the animal to do things we cannot. (Read more..)


Smell is another very important feline sense. Cats have in the region of nineteen million specialized "smelling" nerve endings in the membrane lining their noses, as compared with only five million in humans (although a long-noses dog, such as a fox terrier, has about one-hundred-and forty-seven million). (Read more..)

Cats, as we know, tend to be fussy eaters, and are more gourmets than gourmands. Whereas dogs quite readily share a human diet and often adore the odd cookie or candy bar, cats don't generally have much of a sweet tooth. (Read more..)

The cat's second most important sense is its hearing, and with thirty muscles working each external ear, as compared with six in man, it can turn its eats precisely to locate sound.
This ear-turning is done far quicker by a cat than by a dog. (Read more..)

The sense of touch is highly developed in our fireside friend. The function of cat's whiskers, however, is not fully understood. They obviously have something to do with touch, and removing them can distinctly disturb a cat for some time. (Read more..)