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Monday Mischief: Understanding a Cat’s Sense of Touch

Mini Cooper is one of those cats that has a need for touch. Charles, the dog, on the other hand, likes to be near humans and other animals but does not like to be on your lap or cuddled too close. That is what makes this picture so interesting. Lately, Mini has started reaching out and laying a paw on him when she can. Is this a sign of her primal need to keep track of a predator? I wanted to know more about a cat’s sense of touch so I did a little research and thought I would share it with you.

Cats have whiskers on their upper lip, on their cheeks, and above their eyes, but did you know that they also have whiskers behind their front wrists? These are called carpal hairs. The whiskers on a cat touch like fingers do.

According to Michael Broad in a post in POC (Pictures Of Cats.org), “A cat’s sense of touch includes sensing pressure, warmth, cold and pain. Touch is the first sense that is utilized in the newborn cat as it is the earliest developed sense.”

The cat’s paw has a large number of receptors that respond to pressure and the highest density of those receptors are found ‘between the foot and the toe pads.” (The Cat, Its Behavior, Nutrition & Health published by Blackwell Publishing – IBSN 978-0-8138-0031-9 — page 46 and 47) 

But does Mini really have a need for touch? Experts say that cats enjoy and need contact, just like humans do. Most of that they get in the form of petting or grooming. In Mini’s case, however, she seems to have more of a need than other cats. Maybe it comes from the fact that we held her all the time when she was a kitten (and too young to be away from her mother).

The one thing I do know is that Mini loves to have her paw on Charles, or Mom, or any warm body. I want to believe that gives her comfort.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2020 in Cats, Dogs

 

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Caturday: On Being Mini

Ahh! to be Mini Cooper the youngest member of the Zoo. She is so precious. Very much like a dog, running with the pack and demanding attention, yet so beautifully cat too. She is one fearless cat and that sometimes can serve her well and at others scares the heck out of me. She is always loving on the other animals and humans, licking dog ears, and kneading human thighs. Sometimes I wonder where all those little scabs on my legs are from and then I remember Mini was sitting on my lap last night. Every cat that has blessed my family has been unique, but this one, well she is just so…. Mini Cooper.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2019 in Cats

 

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DogDaz Zoo: Mini Cooper Turns 5

Our kitten is 5 years old today. I don’t know how that happened. She was just brand new.

Mini Cooper is a cat dog. She wants to be with the dogs wherever they are.

She is the most loving and sweet cat I have ever know. Lucky us!

Happy birthday!

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Cats

 

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Caturday: Mini Cooper

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2019 in Cats

 

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Caturday: Mini & Mr. Rabbit

Mini Cooper is anything but quiet. So catching her in this moment, while contemplating her next great troublemaking endeavor, was a gift. She is the sweetest girl. She thinks she is a dog and just wants to be in the center of everything. Diluted Tortes are a special bunch.

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2019 in Cats

 

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Caturday: Miniest of Mini

Tiny tiny Mini Cooper. I think this picture was taken by K8. Wasn’t she just the cutest. It makes me want a kitten. How do 4 years go by so quickly? There is just something about kittens and puppies. Stop me now, 3 dogs and 4 cats are quite enough.

Never enough 🙂

I cannot imagine a life without cats!

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2018 in Cats

 

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Caturday: Mini’s Reversal

Mini inverted 10.11.15Mini Cooper is going to be a black cat for Halloween. What are you going to be?

Just another CATDogDaz morning at the zoo ❤

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2017 in Cats

 

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