Woo hoo - a win without the top two
Sorry Glitch and Luvmycat, but <sings> Moving on up!! Woo hoo hoo
And of course, thanks again Lee for the opportunity as well as the points!!!
An adult human skeleton has 206 bones (although we are born with over 300 that later fuse), so compared to that, I would've guessed that a cat actually had less... since they are smaller (even though babies are smaller than adults). But it makes sense that cats have more bones than us since they seem to be more resilient and agile than us.
I believe most
cats land on their feet, but I wouldnt say all
. (Interesting to read the 99% statistic that Lee pointed out from Urban Legends) It depends on the time they are given to right themselves. Of course if a cat is slammed to the ground and given less than 2 seconds time, it wont have the time for it's body to react. I watched a show on Animal Planet once that explained how a cat has this ability. It has to do with a sensor or something in their inner ear. If a cat is given enough time, the sensor in the ear reacts, the cat's head is the first to turn, then it's shoulders follow the head, then down the spine until it's back end is aligned with the rest of it's frame. So - although the skeletal make-up assists in the flexibility, allowing for the cat to turn right side up, it is actually it's ears that get the credit for this talent!
My cats are well fed, but I can still see their shoulder blades, well actually I can feel them more than anything when I pet them. I have fostered some pretty undernourished cats, looking scraggly and skin and bone-ish and on some I could actually see and feel their ribs. But funny thing, cats fatten up real easy with some TLC.
I was not aware of the Bone Fractures in Cats
article before today, in fact I have never heard of a cat breaking a bone before today (although I know they do - especially considering how many get hit by cars). I think it's probably more common in dogs, although that is just an assumption. But it's probably because dogs are not as agile as cats, and as the TCS article points out, it was interesting to read that their bones arent held together less tightly, making them more flexible. My cousin's chihuahua broke it leg once when it was younger just by jumping off the couch! Then later rebroke it in the same place. He never required surgery but it was in a cast for awhile.
Well, seeing as though cats are lactose intolerant, I dont suppose we can give them milk as we would for people
but it makes sense that a well-balanced diet probably with plenty of calcium from other sources would promote stronger bones. I've never really worried about their nutrition, as long as I buy a high quality cat kibble I rely on them to do all the hard work for me!!
My dog is a 100-pound newfoundland mix and he has arthritis, I've always been concerned about hip dysplasia with him, but luckily only is front legs are affected by the arthritis. As long as he eats his premium food with glucosamine, we can keep his pain in check. Occasionally we have to supplement his meals or give him aspirin for pain, but really - as long as he doesnt overdo it wrestling with the puppy or whatever, we can keep it in check. I remember when we first discovered he had arthritis, I thought he broke his leg somehow. He wouldnt walk on it at all. Imagine, my husband had to carry this 100-pound dog into the veterinarian's office. As soon as we through the vet's door he was all of a sudden fine. The vet said his adrenalin was to attribute to that. That he could smell the other animals and that hormone started pumping and was an instant pain reliever. Ingenious how the body works. I was relieved that he didnt break anything, but saddened that poor Chewbacca would have to deal with the issues for the rest of his life. But anyway, yes, his diet keeps him comfortable and healthy and I assume our cats' health can also be attributed to good nutrition.