How many times have you wondered what your cat was thinking? Perhaps under- standing your feline’s mind starts with understanding his brain. (Or then again, maybe not.) Technically, the brain is the main organ that comprises the central nervous system of the cat. It is the control center for receiving and interpreting
information that comes from the cat’s own body and from the outside world. Learning and
perception takes place in the brain, and all of the sensations — sight, sound, smell, taste, touch
and pain — are processed through here.
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back of the brain, attached to the cerebrum. It’s responsible for physical coordination, balance and posture.
Located at the base of the brain,
the brainstem regulates important
functions, such as blood pressure,
breathing and heartbeat.
Several membranes, called meninges, cover the brain. A fluid (called
cerebrospinal fluid) is found beneath
the meninges, bathing the brain and
protecting it from injury.
Like any other organ, the brain may
become diseased or disordered. The
list of potential brain disorders is pretty
long, but a few of the more common
ones I encounter as a feline practitioner
include seizures, cerebellar hypoplasia
and brain tumors.
Seizures occur when neurons in the
brain begin to fire all at once, in an
uncoordinated fashion. They are seen
less commonly in cats compared to
dogs. Seizures can be divided into primary seizure disorders and secondary
Primary seizure disorders are
those for which there is no under-
lying cause. This is better known as
epilepsy. In dogs, there tends to be
a genetic basis for epilepsy, but this
the Feline Brain!
The brain is a lump of spongy pink
nerve tissue located within the skull.
It can be divided into three major
parts: the cerebrum, the cerebellum
and the brainstem.
The cerebrum makes up the majority
of the brain tissue, and it has two major
portions: the right cerebral hemisphere
and the left cerebral hemisphere. The
hemispheres are connected to each other
by a piece of tissue called the corpus
callosum, which allows messages to be
transported from one side to the other.
The cerebellum can be found at the
Here are some of the more