Cats are intelligent, highly specialized carnivores. Like many predators, their senses are highly developed (reviewed by Bradshaw 1992). The cat's ability to hear, see and smell outside our own range give it a very different perception of its environment to ours. For example, it has a second olfactory system, the vomerosensory system which is associated with social behavior. The system is used when cats come into contact with other cats or their urine. In addition, the cat's visual images are supplemented with information from its highly developed sense of balance and sensory hairs on the head and legs which give the cat its position relative to other objects.
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|Series||Environmental Enrichment Information Resources for Laboratory Animals: 1965 - 1995: Birds, Cats, Dogs, Farm Animals, Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents|
|Publisher||U.S Department of Agriculture|
|Department||U.S. Department of Agriculture|
|Location of Publication||Beltsville, Maryland|
|Notes||This government document was found at the U.S Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library: http://www.nal.usda.gov/|