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Archive for September 18th, 2011

How many bones does a cat have?

Sunday, September 18, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats are very flexible and fast. They kind of remind me of a rubber band. They is partly because of their bone structure. They’re built for speed and agility and they have skeletons that are very similar to our own. Cats have thirty vertebrae,their skulls have between 35 and 40 bones. They have  five toes in the front and four in the back. The total amount of bones can vary from cat to cat due to variations in the toes as well as different tail lengths.  On average, cats have 244 bones. The shoulder blade and clavicle are the most interesting. The bones in these areas are not attached to any muscle tissue. The floating shoulder blades allow for extreme flexibility. Their tiny clavicle’s allow cats to pass through spaces as small as their own heads.

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