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Cats are fascinating creatures with their sophisticated mannerism and agile movements. It is no wonder that we regard them as natural athletes, capable of jumps and twists that seem impossible for even the most graceful human.
The term associated with the extraordinary flexibility of cats is “double-jointedness”. People often hear of double-jointed fingers and knees, but can the same condition apply to cats?
Before this question is answered, is important to understand what double jointedness is. It is a condition in which some joints exhibit an extended range of motion compared to the average range seen in normal joints.
In humans, this condition is usually caused by a genetic abnormality that affects the structure of the joints.
But is the same true for cats? Can cats be double-jointed in the same way humans can? Stick around as we will explore this question further and delve into the world of feline anatomy.
What Does It Mean When Cats Are “Double-Jointed”?
The term “double-jointed” is often used informally to describe individuals and animals, including cats, who can exhibit impressive flexibility and range of motion in their joints. However, in a way, this term is technically incorrect, as it suggests that an individual has two joints where there is only one.
For cats, this term is often used to describe their ability to contort their bodies in unusual ways, for example, fitting into small and very restricted spaces or stretching their legs behind their heads.
Nevertheless, “double-jointed” is a term that isn’t used in the medical or scientific setting. Instead, terms like hypermobility or joint laxity are commonly used to describe an increased range of motion in the joints.
Can Cats Be Double-Jointed?
Medically, no. However, cats can exhibit a degree of flexibility that can appear double-jointed to observers. This is due to the construction of their bones, muscles, and ligaments which enable them to perform some seemingly odd movements.
That said it is important to note that the phrase “double-jointed” is a manner, as cats as well as other animals and humans, do not actually have two joints at the same location. T
his means that the term is not medically accurate.
How To Care For A Double-Jointed Cat
Taking care of a double-jointed cat is no different from significantly caring for any other cat. However, since the “double-jointed” cat can have a slightly greater degree of flexibility and bendiness, here are ways to care for them;
- It is important to pay apt attention to their joint health.
- Try as much as you can to discourage them from performing really extreme movements that can cause injury or damage to the joints.
- Make sure to maintain a balanced diet by offering high-quality cat food.
- Provide regular exercise and keep a watchful eye on their overall health to help keep your cats joi t healthy and optimally functioning.
- Ensure that you are providing your cat with a safe and comfortable environment that allows them to move, play, and sleep without restrictions.
That said, if you have any concerns regarding your cat’s mobility or flexibility, it is recommended to consult a qualified veterinarian for advice and guidance.
It is very usual for cats to exhibit an impressive range of motions and flexibility that may appear double-jointed to cat owners, or observers. However, despite the term informally, cats do not have two joints where there is only one.
While caring for a “double jointed” cat is similar to caring for any other regular cat, it is crucial to be very aware of their joint health. It tries anything humanly possible to discourage extreme movements that cause harm to their joints.
As with most pets, regular veterinary checkups, a healthy diet, and a standard exercise plan are very important to maintain the cat’s general health and well-being.