cat skeleton system

Cat Skeleton System

Without the support and protection of bones, your cat would collapse into fur and skin. Most of the two essential minerals, calcium, and phosphorus are needed by the bones. Without your cat’s skeleton system its heart could not beat, nor could the nerves conduct messages. If your cat is pregnant or nursing, the need for both these minerals is at a peak, will bob up when that leg touches the ground; the head will bob down when a sore rear leg touches the ground. A shorter stride and lighter touch are usually seen in the sore leg.

If you notice a lame leg or its wrong structure in a cat then you should take the cat’s temperature first because in cats the cause is often a bite wound that has formed an abscess. In that case, a fever of 104° to 105°F may be seen. If suppose the temperature is normal, start the exam. You will be looking for swelling or pain by gently pressing on the bones with your finger or moving a joint. Your pet will exhibit pain by crying or pulling the leg away. If you think you’ve found a painful area, in that particular body part or some other body parts of a cat, repeat that part of the exam to see if you get the same reaction.

To examine the individual areas of your cat’s skeleton system, you may find it helpful to locate your own corresponding bones and/or joints first.

That finishes the skeletal system exam. If your cat exhibits pain at any point, by crying out and/or pulling away, gently repeat that step of the exam to double-check the reaction.

The muscles, after receiving messages from the nerves, move the bones, blink their eyes, and twitch the tail. These are the skeletal muscles of a cat’s skeletal system that your cat can consciously move. Two special types of muscles work day and night involuntarily. The heart (cardiac) muscle contracts with less than one-half-second rest between beats throughout your cat’s life. Smooth muscle tissue, which moves food along the digestive tract day and night, is also primarily involuntary.

Body Parts of a cat

The skeleton system of a cat consists of:

Temporal Fossa
Lateral View of Mandible

In this view, we have Condyloid Process, Molar Tooth, Canine Tooth, Mental Formina, Premolar Teeth, Inferior Notch, Angular Process, Ramus, Superior Notch, and Coronoid Process.


These are some of the body parts of a cat. In the skull of a cat there are different types of views in it like:

Dorsal View

In the Dorsal view, we have Coronal Suture, Frontal bone Nasal Bone, Parietal Bone, Sagittal Crest, Premaxillary, Maxillary Bone, Orbit, and Temporal Fossa.

Ventral View

In the Ventral view, we have Preshenoid Bone, Tympanic Bulla, Canine tooth, Anterior Palatine Foramen, Palatine Process of Maxilla, Incisors, Palatine Bone, and First Premolar.

Lateral View

In Lateral view there are Incisor, External Auditory Meatus, Tympanic Bulla, Mastoid Process, Stylomastoid Foramen, Mastoid, Optic Foramen and Premolars.

Sagittal Section

In the Saggital section of the skull here we have Cerebellar Fossa, Tentorium, Cerebral Fossa, Frontal Sinus, Cribriform Plate, Sphenoidal Sinus, Ethmoturbinals, Nasal Bone, and Occipital Bone.

The bones of a cat should be healthy and the right structure of a cat is necessary so that the cat will remain healthy and strong. Otherwise all the time your cat will remain lazy, dull, and inactive and will not be able to play with you.

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