That Interesting Cat's Nose

Felines and Nose Prints

Did you know that a cat’s nose has prints? Believe it or not, they do. For instance, cats have nose prints just like we have finger prints. Moreover, every cat possess its own unique pattern of lines and ridges. That is to say, his nose identifies him just as our fingerprints identify us. However, no cat tolerates having his nose pressed like we press our thumb for a thumb print.

Feline nose

What’s the Color of Your Cat’s Nose?

What is the color of your cat’s nose? Think about it. Look at your cats nose. Is your cat black? The general rule is, black cats have black noses. Likewise, a grey cat has a grey nose. Orange cats have orange noses. The white cat is a bit different. His nose is pink. Cats that are variegated in color have noses of various colors.

Did You Know that Your Cat Wears Leather Every Day?

Cats wear leather every day. Cat breeders and cat associations call the naked and hair free skin around the nostrils, nose leather. However, we call this part of the anatomy of the cat, the tip of the nose. There is a mid-line grove in the middle of it. Indentations somewhat the shape of squares cover the nose leather. These increase the cat’s sensory area.

How Important is a Cat’s Nose?

The cat’s nose is the most important of his sense organs. There are three different kinds of scent receptors in mammals. A protein called VIR is one of these receptors. This protein controls the ability to separate one scent from another. Felines have many more variants of VIR than dogs or humans.

Many believe that these felines with this amazing ability to smell, cannot be trained. However, Kristyn Vitale Shreve resercher from the Oregon State University’s Deparment of Animal and Rangeland Science, does not agree. For example, she states, “Given the importance of olfaction in cat sensory perception, cats could be trained to discriminate between a variety of odors, therefore serving in working roles for detecting specific humans, medical scent detection, bomb sniffing, or drug sniffing.” In conclusion, the cat’s nose may prove beneficial to all of us in the future.