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21. Structure and Function of the Mammary System in Cats
The mammary system is comprised of the mammary glands or breasts and is present in all mammals. In males, mammary glands exist in a rudimentary state.
22. Structure and Function of the Muscular System in Cats
The cat possesses a highly evolved muscle system that is capable of producing swift and agile movements. The muscle systems of a cat enable it to catch prey and escape from potential threats.
23. Structure and Function of the Pancreas in Cats
The pancreas serves two main functions. First, it produces and stores enzymes and fluids that help digestion. Secondly, the pancreas produces and secretes hormones that are very important in the regulation of blood sugar.
24. Structure and Function of the Pituitary Gland in Cats
The pituitary gland, also referred to as the hypophysis, is a small, oval, reddish gland that is attached to the underside or base of the brain. It is an important link between the nervous system and endocrine system.
25. Structure and Function of the Respiratory Tract in Cats
The respiratory tract is a diverse system responsible for respiration, without which life would not be possible. Respiration is the term used to describe breathing.
26. Structure and Function of the Skeleton in Cats
The cat's skeleton has two significant differences. First, a cat's spine or backbone contains more bones that ours, and second, the cat lacks a clavicle or collarbone. The cat skeleton has an average of 250 bones.
27. Structure and Function of the Skin and Hair Coat in Cats
The skin and hair coat comprise the outer covering and the largest organ of the body. The skin and hair coat combine as the cat’s largest sensory organ, monitoring the environment and influencing body temperature.
28. Structure and Function of the Spleen in Cats
The spleen is an elongated organ located in the abdomen. Though not essential for life, the spleen serves very important functions related to the hemic (blood) system. The spleen filters the blood and contributes to the animal’s immune system capability.
29. Structure and Function of the Tail in Cats
The tail is the posterior elongated part of a cat that extends beyond the trunk or main part of the body. About 10 percent of a cat's bones are in the tail – up to 20 supple and articulated vertebrae depending on the species, breed and individual.
30. Structure and Function of the Thyroid Gland in Cats
The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland that produces thyroid hormones, which regulate the rate at which the body carries on its necessary functions. The thyroid hormone is very important for growth and the maintenance of a proper metabolism.

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