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Feline Sensory Systems

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Cat senses; Cat sensory systems


Developed visual, olfactory, gustatory, auditory, vestibular, and tactile senses in felid species resulting from evolved morphological traits ideal for supporting the ability to hunt as well as providing for social interspecific and intraspecific interaction within the surrounding environment.


Forty-one extant felid species exist today, grouped within two subfamilies of the Felidae family: Pantherinae and Felinae (Kitchener et al. 2017). These species possess a multitude of physical characteristics, each combining into a singular morphology that is considered similar among all cats. Many, if not all, shared physical characteristics among felids can be attributed to an overall morphology adapted and evolved for the specialized hypercarnivorous diet which cats thrive upon (Sunquist and Sunquist 2002). Individuals within felid species require a much higher percentage of diet from protein, therefore requiring and showcasing...

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Greene, B.D.B. (2021). Feline Sensory Systems. In: Vonk, J., Shackelford, T. (eds) Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Springer, Cham.

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