This image shows the region of the cat skeleton containing the pelvic girdle and
its attached appendages*, the femurs (1).
The pelvic girdle consists of three pairs of bones, the ilium (2), the
ischium (3) and the pubis (4) that are fused together in a rigid structure.
Also seen on the image are four of the last seven lumbar vertebrae (5), the
three sacral vertebrae (6) that are fused to form a sacrum to which the pelvic
girdle is attached and two of the caudal vertebrae (7).
*Note: To see the other major bones of the cat's hind
limbs, click here.