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Welly’s demonface

Those oval pad things on either side of a cat’s nose? Welly’s are slightly too large, which makes him look like an old man.

I’d like to know what those things are called. I’ve been calling them ‘bloobers’ for lack of a better word.

I once stymied a vet by asking the name of the portholes that whiskers grow out of, and whether there are always the same number.

Don’t do a Google images search of ‘cat anatomy’. You will see some nasty stuff.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 25, 2020, 10:03 pm

My mother had to dissect a cat in nursing school. Hers had a double aorta, which I gather is an unusual mutation. It made her nursing school famous.

I made it through the frog in high school, but that’s about as far as I think I could go.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 26, 2020, 10:24 am

Aren’t whiskers fascinating? Sometimes they look carefully placed and constructed like around the dog/cat muzzle.

Others look kinda ‘oops, last minute’ in nature like the ones just behind and below a dog’s eyes. Well, at least they do on Lucy the Chihuahund, and she’s kinda unhappy right now about being poked at to validate that theory.

Dissecting a frog is far less rewarding than dissecting a nice rare steak.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 26, 2020, 1:08 pm

I’m curious to hear what your vet has to say when you point to those bloobers and ask if they are hypertrophied levator nasolabialis muscles.

BTW, searching DDG for “feline anatomy” images was more productive, however I did get some dissection pics that were decidedly not for the squeamish cat lover!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: October 26, 2020, 1:46 pm

I had to dissect a human cadaver in PT school. It was pretty gross at first but as the semester went on it just became a normal part of the day.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 26, 2020, 2:56 pm

It may well be a catastrophe to study Cat Anatomy
It’s mostly claws and teeth and jaws, flying fur, and zero purrs
Methinks it’s better to just leave ‘em be.

Comment from BJM
Time: October 26, 2020, 3:21 pm

My kitties always had that demonic look when massive belly rubs were wanted…or helter-skelter running was about to break out ending in a flip onto their backs for a massive belly rub. Chin skritches are nice and toe massages even better, but nothing beats a belly rub…or so it seems.

I so miss my recently departed kitty and Stoaty’s drawings have convinced me to bring an ophan kitty a home…cus a house ain’t a home without a cat in the basket on the hearth or my lap.

OT but some good news…we may be winning.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 26, 2020, 9:28 pm

Do it, BJM! Rescue kitties are the best. You can’t live in a house without a cat. It’s unnatural.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 26, 2020, 9:30 pm

An images search of hypertrophied levator nasolabialis brought me exactly one picture, Uncle Al (well, two copies of the same picture). Unfortunately, it was an animal head of some kind sliced through the middle.

I’m going to tell myself it’s a chupacabra, if you don’t mind.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 27, 2020, 2:46 am

Mind? Not at all! Chupacabra it is.

Unless it’s an antifa goon.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 27, 2020, 12:13 pm

We’re not cat people specifically. We’re furry family member people. But when the day comes and Delilah is free to roam in the celestial backyard (watch out celestial bunnies, lizards and birds) that another furry family member will arrive to keep Delilah’s desk basket warm and purry, and her memory alive.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 27, 2020, 12:17 pm

@BJM – what? No fires? No looting? What kind of political support is that !

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