The small cats can be distinguished from the big cats by the following characteristics: • As mentioned earlier that small cats do not roar but they can purr. This is because the arms of hyoid apparatus which is formed of an uninterrupted chain of small bones hold the larynx close up to the skull and thereby restrict its movement. So, the fully ossified hyoid bone in the vocal apparatus prevents the small cat from roaring. • During resting, the small cat draws forepaws under its body by bending them at the keen or carpal joint and the tail is wrapped round the body. The big cats on the other hand, place their paws in front of their bodies and the tails are extended straight behind them. Small cats feed in a crouched position while big cats feed in lied down position.