The purpose of this guide is to describe the anatomy of the cat with references to human anatomy, using the learning tool of mammalian dissection. Important terms of cat anatomy are introduced in bold face type, which serves to emphasize them. Going beyond the visual investigation of charts, models, lists of terms, and lectures, dissection engages the student to examine real structures using the additional sense of touch. This practical approach has the potential for opening up new dimensions of learning if it is taught properly, with reverence and respect for life. It is the goal of this guide to present cat dissection in a clear, step-by-step manner in an effort to make the learning experience meaningful and effective.
Bruce Wingerd has been teaching anatomy and related courses since 1980. He has written numerous textbooks, lab manuals, dissection guides, and multimedia resources in comparative mammalian anatomy, human anatomy, anatomy and physiology, histology, and medical terminology.