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Discovery Magazine 12/1/2010

The Creator’s Cunning Cat

It is simply amazing that God created some animals that seem to be especially suited to give humans pleasure as pets. Dogs and cats certainly seem to fit that category. The housecat is currently the most popular pet in the world. People like cats for companionship and also for their ability to hunt household pests. Though they have a reputation for being rather independent, cats are actually very social creatures and use sounds, chemicals, and body language to communicate—including meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling, and grunting.

Everything about cats points to the divine Creator Who equipped this creature with many marvelous qualities. For example, cats have excellent night vision and can see at only 1/6th the light level required for humans to see. That’s because God made them to hunt at night. They also use their acute hearing to find prey. Not only can cats hear sounds too faint for human ears, they can also hear higher-pitched sounds than either humans or dogs can hear. That’s because cats' usual prey (mice) make ultrasonic noises. And God even designed cat ears to be large and movable to amplify sounds and help cats sense the direction from which noises come.

Then there are the cat’s teeth—made for killing prey and tearing meat. Cats can deliver a lethal neck bite with their two long canine teeth, inserting them between two of the prey’s vertebrae, severing the spinal cord. Compared to other felines, domestic cats have narrowly spaced canine teeth, again, specially engineered to handle small rodents which have small vertebrae.

And what about how cats are so stealthy? Like dogs, cats walk directly on their toes, with the bones of their feet making up the lower part of the leg. They are capable of walking very precisely, because like all felines, they place each hind paw almost directly in the print of the corresponding forepaw. God designed their walking ability to minimize noise and visible tracks.

Strong, flexible bodies, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws, and teeth designed to kill small prey—the cat is truly an incredible creature of the Creator!

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