Old 07-11-2012, 05:16 PM
Alka Seltzer Alka Seltzer is offline
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Human Digestive System Vs Cat Brain

Bet you can't work out what this is about from the thread title. But it involves cats obliquely, so someone is bound to click on it.

According to this interesting article, there are about as many neurons in the human digestive system as there are in a cat's brain, about 100 million. There's a lot going on down there. We tend to think of the brain being in charge of the body, but really, it's just at the head of a committee.

(Don't worry cat lovers, this doesn't actually mean our guts are as smart as a cat. The neurons are organised very differently. There are parallels between the two, both can be very demanding, but your favourite pet is in no danger of being superseded.)
Old 07-11-2012, 05:24 PM
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Whew. I thought it was going to be what happens when one eats cat brain.

Much more hip than mad cow disease.
Old 07-11-2012, 05:50 PM
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Mad Cat Disease from eating Burger & Fries.

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Old 07-11-2012, 06:03 PM
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Enteric nervous system, also sometimes known as teh gut-brain, I believe.

Presumably cats have one too, so, for them, like us, it isn't just what is inside the skull that matters.
Old 07-11-2012, 06:39 PM
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Yeah, but a cat's ENS is only as smart as a dog brain.
Which is why cats are so smug.
Old 07-12-2012, 08:34 AM
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Guess this explains my cat's fondness for puking.
Old 07-12-2012, 09:28 AM
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That's a helluva hair-brained cat you have there Finagle.
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Stephen Colbert
Do you know you have more nerve endings in your gut than you have in your head? You can look it up. Now, I know some of you are going to say, "I did look it up, and that's not true." That's 'cause you looked it up in a book. Next time, look it up in your gut.
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