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 object. Then it flattens its body to the ground. It glides nearer and crouches down to watch the object. 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 object. It grasps it in its front paws and bites it. Before or after killing the object, the cat may toss the prey, pat it, or bat it about. The objective of these movements is not clear, but all cats show most of these behaviors when they hunt....
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- Whiskers help cats, Egyptians treated cats, superior hunting skills, responsive sense organs