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Nov. 18th, 2006 | 02:07 am
posted by: nightshade11 in thepride

I learned something new about big cats. In fact it's new to everyone, scientist just now figured it out.

Big cats do not strangle prey are previously thought. Instead the canines go around the esophagus and gently pinch closed the arteries feeding the brain. Thus the bite uses much less force and the prey quits struggling alot faster. This is the case with big prey. With small prey they use greater force to simply crush the spinal column.

But it's interesting. Cats are masters of conserving force and energy. Using precision and only light force they can bring down enormous prey. It's something that I, and other cats, should remember. I know it's easy for my human side to get stressed out and my cat side suffers extra for it. (espeically if I can't sleep) I have never, ever seen one of my own cats stressed out (vet visits aside). One of my cats is a master of keeping her cool. She can fall asleep during hail storms. They always remind me that a cat should use only as much force as needed to complete something and then let it go. Thanks to that thought I've picked up Taoist philosophy again. It may be useful to other feline shifters. I'm not perfect at it, but I've always got my kitties to remind me to slow down and let go.

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Sonne Spiritwind

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from: sonne_windsoul
date: Nov. 18th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
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On a related note, I wrote in a journal entry yesterday about my perceived ways of approaching/dealing with stress or some problems, in regards to my horse and cat perspectives. In brief, Cat's way of dealing with stress is to curl up and go to sleep (quite the opposite of Horse, though). Of course, however, I don't actually choose to approach the problems that way, otherwise I'd just be failing in college if I decided to just sleep time and time again when I have a lot of homework, instead of dealing with the stress by actually getting the work done. My feline desires and instincts aren't always the appropriate option to go with; though that doesn't stop me from being notably feline (among my other theriotypes) in mind each day. When I get the chance, I might copy and paste some of that entry over here sometime soon.

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Felina Sandhya

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from: felina_sandhya
date: Nov. 18th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
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Thank you for that, it's a good thing to keep in mind, although it can be tricky.

*purrs*

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killer_pyrokat

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from: killer_pyrokat
date: Jan. 28th, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
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I'm usually taking the easy course of action. Does that make me lazy or good at conserving energy?

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