Disecting a cat-why? - page 2

In A&P1 we start disecting a cat this week. Four people to one cat.:eek: What is the point? I wish we could have a one on one with the cat. I'm taking my digital camera, so I can review at home. ... Read More

  1. by   Mimi2RN
    We did cats, too. 2:1, we got the only female, skinny little thing. Called her black kitty, and covered her face as we worked on her.........
  2. by   mark_LD_RN
    we did cats alos aswell as a fetal pig. it helps with identifing some of the stuctures, and as said before a human is to expensive to be wasted on nurses learning.
    4 to 1 is high, you should offer to do the dissecting or at least take turns. taking pics helps my wife did that

    you could offer to bring in some fresh cats for them. i offered but they would not let me.wonder why
    Originally posted by mark_LD_RN
    you could offer to bring in some fresh cats for them. i offered but they would not let me.wonder why
    LMAO! Perhaps I missed my calling? "Collecting" cats for nursing school students!

  4. by   2amigos
    I didn't get to hardly do anything. It was so frustrating. The ratio was 4:1 alright..... darn it anyway. We also have the muscle pratical where they give us some muscles that were cut from various cats. Thankfully I found a virtual cat site online. That should help. Thanks once again for letting me vent.:kiss
  5. by   Lausana
    Poor Fluffy :chuckle I'm a weirdo that found disection facinating, lol, in HS I picked a boy partner thinking I'd be grossed out-nope he was terrified of doing the disection So I was excited to do the cat, in A & P we had 2 to a scrawny kitty. Where do the find those poor things!?

    But I think the most beneficial, to me personally, was when we got to periodically observe the 2 cadavers another biology class was working (for "fun" if we wanted, though only a handful could handle the fun, lol). It helps to visualize it on a person. But cats are obviously easier to come by!

    Good Luck-be a discecting hog if you have to to see it all
  6. by   StudentSandra
    originally posted by sleepyeyes
    we asked our instructor, "why a cat?"

    she replied, "because a human's too expensive."

    my instructor told the school, you wouldn't try to teach a computor class without computers.

    we do a human disection (20 students, i had the left head and neck)every 2 years and then use those cadavers for regular a&p. so we now have 5, that are "pinned" with numbers for each body system. the lab practicals are a blank sheet of paper numbered 1 - 100.

    i had the best a&p instructor. :d
  7. by   missionnurse
    YUCK!! I'm not sure I could actually disect a cat!

    In our A&P (at a local community college, by the way) they are too cheap to buy anything whole, so we had to settly for pig hearts and sheep eyes and brain. But boy! Did some of us have fun taking them all apart!!!!
  8. by   bet0326
    I know I'm a little late on this one but.........in high school I dissected both a mink and a cat. The cat is a field day compared to the mink. The cat is (I can't find another word) so clean on the inside. Minks..........they have mink oil. Mink oil is disgusting. The smell gets everywhere and stays there. I had to throw away all my clothes after Junior year of high school. I love cats and have one as a pet but, I'll take a cat over a mink anyday. Ironically, my nursing school does the mink. figures.
  9. by   giftedRN
    It was 4:1 in my A&PII class too. we did well. I got an A. I was not the one who dissected the cat but we all try to find the different veins and arteries and the organs at the same time. We had to do an oral examination by showing the professor approximately 40 veins and arteries and about 16 organs. We did it individually.

    I really did not have a problem to work with three other students because we could go to the lab anytime to see our cat.
    You will do well.

  10. by   2amigos
    We didn't have access to the cats other than at class. By the time the teacher cleaned the cats up for the practical, they didn't look like the same thing we'd been working on. I even took straight pins with an organ label on each one, took digital pics for the whole class.....and bombed :-(
    Looks like I'm going to be taking A & P1 again in the spring. At the end, the teacher came over to me and told me that instead of learning and trying to understand what was being taught, I should just memorize. Uh, I don't think so, if I have to take it twice to really understand it, oh well. The time will go by anyway-right?
    This whole thing has really discouraged me. I am just hoping that I WILL understand it better this time, and not getting a C in the class doesn't mean I won't make a good nurse.
    Cheryl Moore
  11. by   Jayne LPN
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER

    close and personal.

    I loved disecting that cat! I hate cats!


  12. by   Irishcreme
    In HS we dissected pigs, worms, rats, and frogs. I would probably have a problem with cats, they're my favorite.
  13. by   Rustyhammer
    You could probably make some good winter mittens out of the hides.