Most Wildcats Live on their own and hunt for food at night. Their senses are highly developed and they can move quietly, see everything around them, hear the slightest noise, and smell other animals that are nearby in the dark. The small cat kills quickly and usually eats as fast as possible because it must always
up to a tree or dive down a hole if danger humans do not have the “taste-smell” sense-which, among other things, enables the male to know when the female is in heat. The homing instinct of cats is legendary and there are‘countless stories of Cats finding their way home over long distances. This may be due partly to their highly developed senses, but they may have other ways of knowing where they are that we do not fully understand. One theory of knowing is that they use a strong magnetic sense.
WATCH THE GAP
Cats are able to judge distances and spaces very accurately. The whiskers and guard (outer) hairs are highly
sensitive to the slightest pressure. 50 if there is room for the fur, there is room for the cat inside.The nose, which has / no fur covering, is a very sensitive organ. It draws in scents onto receptors on many thin, curled bones in the front of the skull.
THE CAT’S WHISKERS
Whiskers are long, stiff hairs with sensitive nerve endings at their roots. They spread out around the cat’s face so that the cat can feel where it is in relation to objects nearby. ln bad light, they act as a backup to the cat’s sight.
In all cats, the five senses of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch are more highly developed than they are
in humans Although humans are more sensitive to color, Cats make better use of the light. When it is too dark for even a cat to see, it can still hear prey or danger and successfully feel its way around with its whiskers, its
feet, and the very sensitive outer hairs of its body and tail fur.
Rough tongue used for grooming the coat, (leaning kittens/ and lapping up liquids. The sense of taste is
important, because as the cat bolts down its meat, it must be able to distinguish quickly any part that might be rotten and harmful.
Large, funnel-shaped ears drum sound waves into the inner ear 50 that the cat can judge the direction of Ufa noise. Eyes open wide when a cat is alert and interested. Eyes Close to a slit when it is angry or frightened.
The eyes of a cat are large in relation to its face. They are round and can look forward as Well as in a wide angle all around the head. In the darkness, the pupils expand to an enormous size in order to allow as much light as possible to enter. In bright light, they narrow to tiny slits in the small cats and to tighter circles in most of the big cats.
THE EYES HAVE IT
A cat can see about six times better than a human at night because its eyes have a layer of extra reflecting cells (the tapetum lucidum) which absorb light. These reﬂectors shine in the dark when a cat’s eyes are caught in the glare of a headlight.
In 1001, the Earl of Southampton was imprisoned in the Tower of London for his part in a rebellion against Queen Elizabeth 1. The story goes that his cat, living in the earl’s London house, found its way across the
city to the Tower. Once there, it crossed roofs and battlements until it found the room in which the earl was imprisoned. But how to get in? The clever cat somehow located the Chamber’s chimney and climbed down to join its master. This triumphant tale of feline navigational skills may well be true because this painting was done at the time.
Stretch ‘N’ Sniff
When cats are presented with food or come across any strange object, they are always caution. They may first reach out and gently tap it with a paw before stretch out and exploring further with noise. Cats cannot smell as well the dog can, but smell helps them to recognize mates, food, objects, other animals and humans