Photos of Cats, Feline Closeup Photography

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Big cat yawn
Big cat yawn | Source

About These Cat Pictures

Each close up shot of Cats has been captured using a Fuji Pro Grade Digital Camera, and a Nikkor Macro lens; or a Nikkor 28mm to 105mm zoom lens. In some cases the images have been cropped closer to define the subject by using editing software.

Taking Pictures of Cats

If entertainment is your goal, then turn off the TV, put down the Game boy® and find your cat. The hunter inside your ordinary house cat can be triggered by the flick of a string or the rustle of a feather, causing feline acrobatics to ensue. But, if you have never taken a close look at your cat, I mean a really close look, then you may just enjoy this collection of feline close up photographs. A close look at taste buds, eyes, fangs and faces brings with them amazing awareness and a sense of wonder about the beauty of an ordinary house cat.

Polydactyl Cat Pictures

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My Polydactyl cat "Shanks." Wow! Look at the size of those feet!Beautiful cat face, on extra toesSoft light on yonder catExtra toed cat paw, boxing glove cat paw.Cat cleaning itselfCat tail out of Cat BoxCat cleaning, and more cleaningIntense cat eyesExtra cat  toes need extra cleaning!
My Polydactyl cat "Shanks." Wow! Look at the size of those feet!
My Polydactyl cat "Shanks." Wow! Look at the size of those feet! | Source
Beautiful cat face, on extra toes
Beautiful cat face, on extra toes | Source
Soft light on yonder cat
Soft light on yonder cat | Source
Extra toed cat paw, boxing glove cat paw.
Extra toed cat paw, boxing glove cat paw. | Source
Cat cleaning itself
Cat cleaning itself | Source
Cat tail out of Cat Box
Cat tail out of Cat Box | Source
Cat cleaning, and more cleaning
Cat cleaning, and more cleaning | Source
Intense cat eyes
Intense cat eyes | Source
Extra cat  toes need extra cleaning!
Extra cat toes need extra cleaning! | Source

Polydactyl Cat Photgraphs (My "extra toes" Feline)

Snowshoe Cats Have extra Toes

I would never venture to call "Shanks" a mutant to her face, however when she is not in the room this is an applicable term. A Polydactyl Cat (also called hyperdactyly) is one that has extra toes on one or more of its paws. Found in the South West England and Wales, but most commonly found on the East Coast of the United States and as far North as Canada, the Polydactyl is a true mutation. A normal cat that has no mutation has 18 toes; five toes on each front paw and four toes on its rear paws. Our rescue cat, Shanks, is one of these cute and loving Extra Toed Cat creatures, having extra toes on each of her front feet.

Hemingway Cats

These delightfully personable Polydactyl cats offer some outstanding hunting and climbing skills, far better than the usual agility of most house cats. In playing with Shanks, it is very apparent that her grabbing skills and capture swipes are extremely timely and accurate. With those big "Boxing Glove" Cat paws, it would seem she never misses her prey. She has the personality of a gentle, friendly, and loving tabby, but the wits and stealth of a tiger. She is wonderful to cuddle with and a joy to watch during playtime.

You will find here a few images of her unusual cat mutation up close personal.

Cat Tongue Up Close

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Long cat tongue up closeCats have a spike-like taste buds on their tongueProfile of spiky taste buds of cats tongueLarge taste buds on cat tongue
Long cat tongue up close
Long cat tongue up close | Source
Cats have a spike-like taste buds on their tongue
Cats have a spike-like taste buds on their tongue | Source
Profile of spiky taste buds of cats tongue
Profile of spiky taste buds of cats tongue | Source
Large taste buds on cat tongue
Large taste buds on cat tongue | Source

Close Up Of A Cat's Tongue

Only a person who has never seen a cat tongue close up before would ask, "Why is a Cat Tongue so special?" When a cat graciously offers to clean or lick our skin, it is like having a rough textured piece of sandpaper pulled across the it. Some people find it a pleasant enough gesture, while others find it truly an unwanted offering. If you could see a cats tongue really up close, you might fall into the latter category without a second thought!

In this series of shots to the right, I try to get you as close as my cats would allow. The images can be a bit intense if you have not seen Pictures of a Cat's Tongue this Close before.

Cat Taste Buds

It may surprise you to learn that humans have 9000 taste buds, and dogs have around 1700, while cats only have 479 on their tiny tongues. A cat is a strict carnivore, therefore these taste buds are designed to dial in on the meatier side of life, as they need amino acids only found in meat (Taurine in particular) to survive.

A close look reveals that a Cats Tongue has these rows of spike-like features across the surface of the tongue, we call taste buds. But, up close, they are nothing like any taste bud I have ever viewed! When I say "spike-like" I mean curved hooks that taper from a broad base to a fine sharp appearing point, not unlike the claws you find on their paws. Personally, I found it a fascinating visual discovery, and I hope you do as well.

What You Think Really Does Matter!

Have you ever seen a cat tongue this close before?

  • No. I never knew just how wild they look up close like this. Fascinating to say the least.
  • Yes. I have seen a cat tongue before, but these are some pretty revealing pictures!
  • Whatever, it's just a cat tongue.
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A Polydactyl Cat is often referred to as:

  1. Boxing Cat
  2. Mitten Cat
  3. Thumb Cat
  4. Snowshoe Cat
  5. Cardi-Cat
  6. Double Pawed Cat
  7. Mitten-foot Cat
  8. Hemingway Cat

Cat Faces

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Tuxedo cat eyes and noseWhite cat face up closeCat in the window's lightFunny cat cleaning pictureBig gold cat eyesBlack and white cat faceWinking white cat  "Hey Baby, what's shakin'?"Black cat golden eyes White cat face looking out window
Tuxedo cat eyes and nose
Tuxedo cat eyes and nose | Source
White cat face up close
White cat face up close | Source
Cat in the window's light
Cat in the window's light | Source
Funny cat cleaning picture
Funny cat cleaning picture | Source
Big gold cat eyes
Big gold cat eyes | Source
Black and white cat face
Black and white cat face | Source
Winking white cat  "Hey Baby, what's shakin'?"
Winking white cat "Hey Baby, what's shakin'?" | Source
Black cat golden eyes
Black cat golden eyes | Source
White cat face looking out window
White cat face looking out window | Source

Pictures of Cat Faces

I am thoroughly overjoyed when my cats locks eyes with me, only to share a gentle double-eyed slow motion blink. This is a wonderful friendly facial gesture a cat rarely gives that says, "I really love you." This facial expression is generally followed by a soft and short trilling feline vocalization. For me anyway, the facial expressions a cat makes can reveal all she has on her mind; the hunt, the prey, and even the calm moments of serenity she finds in the warm glow of a stream of light.

This series of Cat Pictures shares the faces of the cats I adore. Fuzzy, intense, mesmerizing, and just plain cute. For a dog lover like me, these cat faces bring a very wide K9 smile!

Big Cat Pictures

No matter the size of a cat, they are avid hunters and are in constant search of prey, whether hungry or simply board. Cats are among the few creatures on earth that hunt for the simple pleasure of the chase and then the kill; humans also fall into this category. Big Cats have the power of Mother Nature built into their huge muscles, claws, and sharp destructive fangs. They are the most perfect killing machine found on soil. Look into a Big Cats eyes and you can feel the danger they present. At times, their captivity can expand their primal nature to such a degree that the captivity itself turns a hunter into a heart-hardened beast. These beautiful creations are designed for the wild, and no enclosure can serve their predatory desires.

With the series of BIG CAT PICTURES below, I show you the faces of powerful cat machines up close and personal as found in these few Captive Big Cats.

Pictures of Big Cats

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Growling LeopardWhite tiger profileTiger Bobcat eating meatWhite tiger eyesBengal tiger faceWhite tiger full faceGlaring Lynx Belly up white tigerTiger enjoying a salt-lickWhite tiger - hand feeding meatAngry LynxResting BobcatLounging LeopardWhite tiger stretching Hissing BobcatLeopard behind chain link fencing
Growling Leopard
Growling Leopard | Source
White tiger profile
White tiger profile | Source
Tiger
Tiger | Source
Bobcat eating meat
Bobcat eating meat | Source
White tiger eyes
White tiger eyes | Source
Bengal tiger face
Bengal tiger face | Source
White tiger full face
White tiger full face | Source
Glaring Lynx
Glaring Lynx | Source
Belly up white tiger
Belly up white tiger | Source
Tiger enjoying a salt-lick
Tiger enjoying a salt-lick | Source
White tiger - hand feeding meat
White tiger - hand feeding meat | Source
Angry Lynx
Angry Lynx | Source
Resting Bobcat
Resting Bobcat | Source
Lounging Leopard
Lounging Leopard | Source
White tiger stretching
White tiger stretching | Source
Hissing Bobcat
Hissing Bobcat | Source
Leopard behind chain link fencing
Leopard behind chain link fencing | Source

What You Think Really Does Matter!

Would you take closeup pictures of big cats inside their enclosure?

  • No way! That's just crazy!
  • Maybe, if the cat handler was roght there.
  • More than likely, but I would need some backup!
  • YES! What a wonderful experience that would be!
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Comments for "Photos of Cats, Feline Closeup Photography" 41 comments

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Michal jackson 3 years ago from Chicago

I love and adopted cat. My cat sits by the lap. She drinks water with me. She loves water so much she waits by the shower and even lays on the damp rug...Weird! Your pic of a tongue is very dangerous. I read that the tongue papillae in a cat is deigned to hold food and water...look at the curved spikes.ahaaa.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

chatkath~ So pleased you enjoyed my up close cat pictures! I am always so happy when another animal lover finds the same level of appreciation for animals as I do! I am pretty sure you are at the top of that list, my friend! Grateful for the hublove shares and votes!

Super Big Animal Lover HubHugs~


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Chatkath 4 years ago from California

Wow k9 - A cat lover's delight! How did I miss this? I feel like I have really been out of the loop lately and obviously missed out on some amazing stuff, cat faces are always a favorite, just when I think I have seen everything. You have some incredible shots here, up, beautiful and pinned! Thumbs up to my friend and fellow animal lover! Good Job.


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

Hi Mo...?


mo 4 years ago

hi peoples


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California Author

alphagirl~ You are right, the spike-like tongue papillae in cats is designed for capturing food and water, but they are also used as a deep cleaning tool for extracting debris from the skin, and swiping away dirt from hair shafts. Very unusual looking up close. I was amazed the first time I saw those things!

As for the pocket camera you seek, I generally use pro gear, heavy bulky and a big pain in the but to maneuver. However, I asked a friend of mine what she likes for low-light and indoor snapshots; she swears by Kodak products. Make sure you're getting at least 10MP capability. I hope this helps!

I found Your hub on graphology(handwriting)very interesting! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!

Cheers~

K9


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

I love and have both an adopted cat and a dog. My cat sits by the sink washes her face and drinks water. She loves water so much she waits by the shower and even lays on the damp rug...Weird! Your pic of a tongue is incredible. I read that the tongue papillae in a cat is designed to hold food and water...look at the curved spikes.YIKES.

Like you wide variety of topics. You are into photography. I am trying to find a poclet camera, like my old canon SD600 elph. It took amazing photos. I still love it but it is showing its age. Any suggestions. I need a fast shutter speed. So many are slow. I tried a nikon coolpix and hated it. Every pic was bad in doors. I sold it.

Thanks for commenting on my graphology. It is cool and for those who write or are writers, you should look at your strokes and analyze some of it. FUN!


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cclitgirl 5 years ago from Western NC

Voted up!! Your articles a great, and well-thought out! I am a dog and cat lover...well, pretty much any animal. They make life worth living. :) Thank you for sharing.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Sally's Trove~ LOL! You make me laugh Sally, thanks! I was actually inside the enclosures with these big cats, during hand feeding and the likes. The Big Cats in the photos each were undergoing medical attention for minor things; like the white tiger had a little eye irritation, the leopard (I was not in the enclosure, as she was pretty pissy most of the time) had a shoulder problem, and other cats were being vaccinated or monitored for probable conditions. So yes, it was very exciting! You feel quite small and edible when looking at a 500 pound cat through a camera lens, knowing full well it could reach out and "touch" you at any moment. BTW-- that Bobcat was actually quite a little darling. Thanks for the great question!

HubHugs~

K9


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

All the photos are just wonderful. I admire your skill and patience. And I'm really curious about the big cat photos. I understand how you would take big cat photos from outside an enclosure, and so you see fencing in the pic, but how did you get the photos where there's no fencing in front of the cat? Especially the one of the hissing bobcat where a human head seems to be only inches away. Are you really CatWoman and not K9keystrokes? ;)

Up and awesome.


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holdmycoffee 5 years ago

Loved, loved, loved your hub! I especially liked the picture of the cat's long tongue! Great job.


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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Beautiful cats, especially the first one.


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snakeslane 5 years ago from Canada

Nice close-ups K9, your kitties were very co-operative I see. I have four cats and they are pretty much my only entertainment (well except for Hub Pages) but they do sleep a lot, especially now in the winter months. They really like their established routines too. I could set my clock by the moment they all gather for a special treat at 4 pm every day. Really enjoyed your photo gallery. Thanks for sharing. Regards, snakeslane


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Oh, I don't mind at all. :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

When I did a photo story on cat I could not be as creative as you are here. The pictures are brilliant. I loved Long cat tongue up close very much.


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Kris Heeter~ Thanks a bunch for leaving your comments.

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

FloraBreenRobison~ You never fail to amaze me, only a true cat lover would know about Hemingway's extra toed feline! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. BTW, hope you don't mind the link to your Tabby cat hub above!

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

WannaB Writer~ Awesome that you like these cat snapshots! I just love those fuzzy faces myself! Thanks for making it by my Wine country friend.

hubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Mighty Mom~ I am just thrilled that you enjoyed the hub. I really appreciate your approval and high marks--coming from you it is an honor for certain. Thanks for making it by, opposable thumbs and all!

Super HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Hyphenbird~ I am so sorry for your loss. We also lost our cat six months ago tomorrow. She is the tuxedo cat in the above images (black and white faced). It is difficult to loose a good companion. My wish is that your heart heals quickly.

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Gordon~ I did not know you had a fear of cats. You are so brave for stopping by for this hub, I am so grateful my friend! It's odd that the Big Cats bring you no fear, makes for fun trips to the zoo I hope.

Overjoyed to see you made it by today--

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

stephhicks68~ Thrilled that you liked the pictures. The cat yawn was a fun shot to wait for, making for some great interaction with my cat(Shanks). Thank you for the support Steph, it means the world!

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

randomcreative~ I sure appreciate that you found the hub up to par. I can't get enough pictures of cats either; even if I am a dog lover! :)

HubHugs~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Beata Stasak~ Thanks for sharing your comments, glad you enjoyed these up close cat pictures!

Cheers~

K9


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stephhicks68 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Gorgeous, cool photos. Love the one of the cat yawn. I'm a cat lover, so this hub is a definite thumbs up!


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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great topic for a hub! I never get tired of looking at photos of cats. I love all of the different characteristics and details that you've captured here.


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Beata Stasak 5 years ago from Western Australia

Beautiful images...have so much to learn from you...thank you:)


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

annmackiemiller~ It is my honor, your cat photo hub is really enjoyable!

HubHugs~

K9


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

thank you so much for featuring my cat hub - I really appreciate it and

I love these piccies - well done


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Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

Wonderful pictures and great hub!


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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Of course, I am a big cat lover. Your Shanks is adorable. I always think of Ernest Hemmingway's cats when I hear about cats with extra toes. Cute pictures.


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WannaB Writer 5 years ago from Templeton, CA

I loved looking at those cat faces -- each was so expressive! And the tongue pictures were very educational. I have to confess I've often felt a cat's tongue, but never really took a close look. Great hub! Voted up and more.


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rambansal 5 years ago from India

Beautiful pics..


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Mighty Mom 5 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

This is an awesome hub on two levels. I'd love it just for the cat pics alone (have been a feline fancier since a wee lass when the tiger at the Bronx Zoo winked at me!).

But you've made it a true artform AND commercially relevant hub as well. That's impressive.

Two paws with opposable thumbs up!

MM


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh, this is beautiful. It makes me grieve for my cat who died several months ago though. She was the sweetest cat I ever knew. Your photos are lovely and your cat companions just wonderful.


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Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, K9

Wonderful Hub as always, my friend - but I'm afraid I screamed almost as loud as the cat in the first image! Can't remember whether I told you before or not but I have a major phobia of household type cats. My dogs were sleeping and nearly hit the roof when I saw that image! (OK, I'm exaggerating - slightly! ;) )

It's crazy (I know) but bigger cats don't bother me. You're photos are superb and you are certainly on a major Hubbing roll! :)

Gordon


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

cherylone~ LOL! You are so right! Those big cats are less interested in cuddling with us and more likely to treat as a fun little cat toy! I am so pleased that you enjoyed the cat pictures! Thanks for stopping by.

Cheers~

K9


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K9keystrokes 5 years ago from Northern, California Author

Phoebe Pike~ Thank you for your comments and the vote!

Cheers~

K9

Cags~ Thanks for sharing such cool information on cats. See, now I will have to try to capture this cat drinking tactic on camera. I love a good challenge Ray!

I sure appreciate that you made you made it by to see a few felines up close, I am honored that you did.

Big HubHugs~

K9


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cherylone 5 years ago from Connecticut

I am definitely a cat lover so I absolutely adored each and everyone of those pictures, especially of the big cats who look cute and cuddly, but are not the least bit interested in cuddling.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey K9, it's interesting to see you doing a hub on Cats? LOL! However, you put together some great photographs of cats and the information on them was well presented. But, I want to add a little side note, if you don't mind. I was on a site one day learning about cats, because I have two in my home(my mother's cats, one male and one female tabby). I found out that if you watch a cat drink it's water it looks like they are actually defying physics and gravity, but what isn't noticed because it's so quick is that a cat in order to drink must curl it's tongue. Their tongue's movement, hooking, is so quick that the human eye will not pick up on it. LOL! Thank you for sharing. Btw- Awesome photos of the larger cats(tigers). :)


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Another awesome hub. Voted up. :)

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