How Many Muscles Does A Cat Have ?

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How Many Muscles Does A Cat Have ?


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Cats have muscles all over the body. There are approximately 500 skeletal muscles, some say it is 517, whereas the humans have around 650. In the ears alone, cats have 32 muscles that help control the outer ear. This helps the cat to rotate its ears 180 degrees. The movement is faster than that of a dog as cats can catch the direction of the sound 10 times faster.

Muscles are found in the cat’s left thigh, the right thigh, deep inside the left thigh, in the abdomen, in the thorax, deep thorax and deeper thorax, in the neck portion, and on cheeks. Muscles are also found in the shoulder arm and deep arm, on the back, on the left buttock, the right buttock, on the left leg and deep left leg. Each muscle in each of these parts of the cat’s body is responsible for specific actions.

Just like in humans, the primary function of muscles in a cat’s body is also to ensure there is movement to one or all parts of the body. With two types of muscles, smooth and striated, the muscles in a cat’s body have varied functions.

Intestines, stomach and bladder have within them smooth muscles which function on their own, and do not rely on outward or conscious control by the cat. On the other hand, the striated muscles in cats are attached to their skeletons in their bodies and hence, could be directly controlled by the cats for their movements. These muscles come in handy for the cats while they are walking, during eye movements, just wagging their tails and/or even during eating.

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