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Challenging the theories about the cat’s primordial pouch or belly flap — 10 Comments

  1. My cat had a large primordial pouch. She’s a rescue – one day she just showed up outside and played in our garden. We would feed her and she basically became our unofficial cat for months. Then, one day, she was crawling on the driveway, and I realized another animal had bitten a hole in her pouch and it was infected. We took her to the vet immediately, then brought her home. Now she’s my super loyal best friend. I think the pouch saved her life! So I definitely think protection of the intestines is within reason.

  2. Did you mean dewclaw and not declaw?

    Not sure of the exact purpose of the “Hanging Gardens” of the domestic cat. One of my cats has a very lovely “hanging garden” that looks like an apron ruffle swinging from side to side as she trots.

  3. It is to allow for the expansion of the abdomen when the cat is pregnant or has had an enormous meal without stressing the skin.

    • That is a really good idea, with the exception of males. My male has just as much volume with his “Hanging Gardens” as my female. I just attributed it to either being very well fed or needing to be able to stretch when they jump.

  4. I think part of the answer is the flexibility of the cat. Ask any long time cat owner and they’ll tell you they really can turn around in their own skin.
    Some of my cats have it some don’t

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