The Brains

All senses and hormone-producing glands send signals to the brains, where they interpret the signals, before the body is controlled by the nervous system. The brains also send signals to the most important hormone-producer; the pituitary gland. Brain activity needs a big dose of energy, and even though the brains are less than one percent bodyweight, it receives twenty percent of the blood that is being pumped through the heart.

The cat brain exists out of billions of special cells; neurons. Every cell has to 10.000 connections with other cells. If a cat is seven weeks old, the messaged travel through the brains with a speed of 390 km per hour. This speed drops when the cat gets older.

The brains of a cat look like of that from a small mammal, anatomy-wise. The cerebellum co√∂rdinate and streamline the movements from the muscles. The cerebrum control the learning, emotion and behavior. The brain stem forms the connection with the nervous system. The network of cells is called the “limbic system”, integrate the instinct and learning ability.

The Hormones
The hormones that are produced in the brain regulate the most functions, like the speed of the metabolism and the creation of cortisol in the adrenal glands in response to danger. The production of the sex hormones and all that has to do with that, are regulated by the follicle stimulated hormone (FSH) with female cats, and  is regulated by the Luteinizing hormone (LH) with male cats.

Cats / Focus by Bruce Fogle

Excuse me if there are any mistakes. I had trouble translating a few words.

9 Responses to “The Brains”

  1. Phwoffy

    Interesting stuff!

    However, that picture is missing the “Unnerving ability to know when the owner wants to go to bed so I can disappear outside” gland and the “Hamster spot” (which is obviously the place that controls the urges to murder hamsters and replaces them with the desperate need to flee as soon as hamster spots them…)!

    That didn’t make any sense at all.

  2. angelswhisper2011

    Amazing how the cat brains work a bit simular as human brains. I think you made a typing error, Dianda: Crotisol must be Cortisol ;)


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