How do you check a cat’s flexibility?

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You need to observe your cat for any limping or favoring a limb. You need to look at things like posture and gait and notice if there are any changes. Your veterinarian will move the limbs to test flexibility during a physical examination.

It will help you to know a little basic information about the feline anatomy. The main function of the cat’s skeleton is to provide support to the animal’s body and provide a lever system along with joints to allow mobility. The skeleton also protects the vital organs and tissues in the body by surrounding them fully or partially. In addition, in cats, just like humans, bones act as a storage site for fat and minerals like calcium and phosphorus, and as a production site for red blood cells.

Here are other key anatomy details regarding cats:
• Skeletal Features: Unlike humans, a kitten is born with all the bones and joints, ligaments and tendons (tissues that connect bone to bone or muscle) that she will ever have in her life. The cat’s skeleton has an average of 250 bones total. There are two main differences between the skeleton of a cat and a human. The cat has more vertebrae that make up the spine or backbone, mainly because of the presence of a tail. Also, the vertebrae are not as closely connected to each other, allowing the cat greater flexibility to arch its back and squeeze into tight places. In addition, the cat’s skeleton does not include a clavicle, or collarbone, which would broaden the cat’s chest.
• Axial Skeleton: The axial skeleton consists of the bones in the head and trunk, such as the skull and spine. The many bones in the skull are nearly the same in all mammals. They just differ in size and shape.
• Vertebrae: The cat’s vertebral column consists of seven cervical vertebrae, 13 thoracic vertebrae, seven lumbar vertebrae, three sacral vertebrae, and between five and 23 coccygeal vertebrae.
• Appendicular Skeleton: The appendicular skeleton makes up the bones of the appendages, such as the front and hind legs and pelvis. Cats do not walk on a foot like humans. Cats walk on paws consisting of four digits similar to human fingers, and consist of a row of two or three bones called phalanges to form toes. The cat’s dewclaw, the non-weight bearing claw higher up on the foot, is similar to our thumb.

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