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3 Cool Kitty Characteristics

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We love our cats, they are so entertaining, curious and busy! What makes them so special? Have you ever been licked by your kitty? They have barbs on their tongue and this is why their tongue is not very smooth and wet. The rear-facing protrusions help cats lap up water and snag the last morsel of food from the bowl. The barbs also help cats remove loose patches of fur or dead skin from their bodies.

Cats can right themselves when falling. This is a vestibular reflex that reportedly kicks in during a fall from one foot or higher. A 1987 study documented that cats were able to survive a fall from 7 stories high.

Cats have the largest eyes of any mammal relative to their size. Cats can see with only one-sixth of the amount of light humans can for two reasons: They have more rods in their retinas than we do, and they have a tapetum lucidum, which is a reflective layer of tissue at the back of the eye that creates that unusual glow at night.

 

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