Unformatted text preview: threatened. Whiskers help cats detect the shape of objects in the dark. It is thought that a cat uses its whiskers to direct its bite to a victim’s neck. Hunting behavior can be broken down into separate body movements. A cat first turns its head to the sight or sound of the prey. Then it flattens its body to the ground. It glides nearer and crouches down to watch the quarry. It extends its tail and begins to twitch the tip. The cat turns its head from side to side. Then, suddenly, the cat releases built-up energy and pounces on the prey. It grabs it in its front paws and bites it. Before or after killing the prey, the cat may toss the victim, pat it, or bat it about. The purpose of these movements is not clear, but all cats show most of these behaviors when they hunt....
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- Tyler Liebnau, Whiskers help cats, Egyptians treated cats, superior hunting skills