Cool Cats!

   

Besides their ever-alert ears, bright, shiny eyes, flicking whiskers, and swishing tails, do you know what makes our felineAny member of the cat family. House cats, tigers, and lynx are all felines. friends—wild cats—so special?

 

Cats can be big, like lions, jaguars, and tigers; or small, such as servals, bobcats, and caracals. There are certain things about cats’ eyes, noses, and ability to purr or roar that determines if they are a big or small cat, but all cats share other special characteristics.

 

All cats eat meat. Big cats preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food. on hoofed animals like deer, zebras, and wildebeest, while small cats eat rabbits, rodents, snakes, frogs, fish, and birds.

 

All cats walk on four feet, and their hind legs are longer and stronger than their front legs. This gives them strength for sprinting and leaping, but not stamina for long-distance running.

 

And hold on there! Cats have clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. on their feet that are used for gripping preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food., for fighting, and for climbing. In most cats, the clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. can be retracted into the toes, which helps keep them nice and sharp! Cheetahs, fishing cats, and flat-headed cats can't pull their clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. in.

 

Cats have very keen sensesBody parts that receive messages and send them to the brain; the eyes, ears, skin, nose, and tongue are sensory organs., especially their vision. The better to see you with!

 

You can see some very special cats during the Backstage Pass program at the San Diego Zoo--sign up now at www.sandiegozoo.org/zoo/special/backstage_pass