Friday, November 30, 2012
Anyone who is around cats long enough will realize a trait that all cats have: amazing flexibility. Jokes have been made about amazing "boneless cats," and that instead of their skeletons being made of bone, it is cartilage like in sharks. Although that's not true, cats really are some of the most flexible domestic animals.
Animal Planet online at discovery.com explains what it is exactly that makes cats so flexible. Cats have thirty vertebrae in their spines, which is five more than humans. In between each of these bones is a very thick section of fibrocartilage, which bends easily. These two factors allow cat's backbones to curve and bend in amazing ways without injuring the animals. Cat's shoulder blades are also only attached by muscle, which allows for a lot more movement.
Sometimes I look at Finny and wonder, "How in the world could be comfortable like that?" And then I remember: he's a cat.