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    June 24th, 2011ImogenUncategorized

    There are those among us who, I know, feel less than fond towards cats (cough, my boyfriend, cough). I am on the opposite camp and am probably in the at-risk group to become a “crazy cat lady” later in life. In evidence of this, last night my cat was sleeping in my bed with me, under the duvet. If this sounds weird to you then all I can say is that you have obviously never been loved by a cat. Anyway, my cat was curled up under the duvet and as I fell asleep I was thinking, how does she not get super hot? Cats do not appear to sweat or pant, so how do they keep cool?

    Marble keepin it real

    As it turns out I am wrong on both counts. Cats do sweat, but only from their paw-pads (not a very large surface area), and they do pant, but only when very very hot. To cope with mild heat they use heat-prevention strategies such as avoiding activity and stretching themselves out on cool surfaces. Even cats know that prevention is more efficient than a cure. That’s because cats are clever. They also wash themselves more. And how does washing cool them down? By evaporation.  And we know how that works.

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