Your Cat’s Fur
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Coats come in many colors. They also come in many textures. Some cats have thick, long hair while others have short, dense coats. Some cats even have kinky coats. And then there’s the breed that has no hair at all.
Your cat’s coat is a high functioning device that has many jobs. The fur is an excellent insulation tool. It keeps the cat cooler in summer and warmer in winter. It helps protect the delicate skin from injury, sunburn and frostbite (although all three are still possible). Cats with thin coats or no fur need extra protection as well.
Your cat’s fur is also a communication device. Have you ever seen your cat puff up her fur? That’s called piloerection and it’s a defensive display. The cat is trying to make herself look larger in the hope that a potential opponent will think twice about engaging in a confrontation.
And the truly amazing thing about a cat’s coat is that even though kitty rarely, if ever, gets bathed, her coat always smells nice. Have you ever wondered why? Well, there’s a neutralizing component to the cat’s saliva so when she grooms herself, the fur is left smelling clean. I’m sure my kids would love to be cats when it’s time for a bath!
What’s your favorite thing about your cat’s fur?