Non amo mangiarmi le unghie, ma….

SCIENZA/CURIOSITA’ – La crescita degli artigli del gatto è continua e compensa l’usura naturale. Il gatto può aggiustare la lunghezza e affilare i suoi artigli strofinandoli contro delle superfici rugose.
Questo comportamento è per comunicare agli altri gatti l’appartenenza del territorio. Per rimuovere la parte finale dell’artiglio, quella ricurva di colore bianco opaco, molti gatti che vivono in appartamento tendono a mangiarsi le unghie. Ottengono con i denti quello che i gatti di campagna fanno grattando
la corteccia degli alberi.

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Cat’s claws grow continuously and at a rate that is meant to compensate for natural wear. As every cat owner knows – often too well – felines feel a deep-set need to keep their claws sharp and at the right length by scratching rough surfaces. This behavior is also a form of territorial marking. To remove the end of the claw, the hooked part colored an opaque white, apartment-bound cats tend to “bite their nails”. They’re trying to obtain with their teeth the same benefit that their outdoor brothers and sisters gain from scratching the bark of a tree.

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