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Hockey Puck is the youngest of the Felines at Petronious the Arbiter. The last post we was from Petey, which was in February of 2008 saw the Puckster all grown up!
Hey you guys, it’s Feline Friday!
Foster Friday started by Kat’s Cat of the Day
Formerly Feral Friday for all formerly feral kitties
Finally Friday started by Gandalf & Grayson
Frootbat Friday for cats to show off their big ears
and it’s Fashion Friday for our furry fashion diva furriends!
Find Weekend Cat Blogging #148 (Apr. 5-6) is being held by Bad Kitty Cats (Who did not yet get last weekend's Festival of Chaos posted)!
Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos #39 (04-06-2008) with Ms. Mog & Kitty Cats at Mind of Mog.
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The Whisker Response
The paws and face are highly tactile and are used to investigate the texture, size and shape of an unfamiliar object. Whiskers, called vibrissae, are both tactile and protective.
Cats sport about a dozen whiskers on each upper lip - along with smaller ones on each cheek, above each eye, a few on the chin, and on the underside of each front paw.
Although whiskers may look analogous to a bushy beard or moustache, human whiskers have little in common with those of a cat.
Whiskers are usually thicker and stiffer than other hairs, implanted in a special follicle and sealed in a capsule. Connected to muscle, whiskers can be moved backward and forward.
The position of feline whiskers varies according to mood and desired communication. Fanned forward during inquisitive or friendly investigation, whiskers are held backward when a cat is on the defense, frightened or angry.
Used as locators, her whiskers can get her into or out of tight spots. By judging how wide an opening is before entering, whiskers help to determine her ability to fit through small spaces and openings.
Cats do a lot of exploring with their faces. It's the first thing that goes into a hole, or around corners, or when cats navigate behind and around furniture:
Typically, cats don't see any better in the dark of night than humans, but whiskers may give them an extra advantage by sensing air currents deflected by objects that assist cats in movement.
With the ability to navigate and hunt in low light settings, these nocturnal hunters excel at catching their prey and avoiding being someone else's lunch.
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Good luck and happy deShedding! Contest ends April 11th, so don't delay!