Cats are wonderful creatures, fluffy and cuddly. Their ears are very distinct parts of their body and there are many amazing things about those ears.
You may just like the feel of the ears between your fingers when you touch them but you are about to find out TEN amazing things about your cat’s ear.
- There are thirty-six muscles in each the cat’s ears (more than five times the number of muscles in a human ear). This muscles makes the ears very flexible to move in any direction of a detected noise. A cat can turn its ears to about 180 degrees in any direction.
- The cat’s ears contain fluids that sends signals to the brain when the whole body of the cat is imbalanced. The cat’s brain helps it know which direction is up, so she can stand or sit right. This is what is responsible for how cats always land on their feet when they fall.
- Cats communicate with their ears, especially with other cats and this has been proven to be an effective but subtle way of communicating in cats. They also use the position of their ears to send messages to their owners. You can determine how your cat feels by the position of the cat’s ears.
- Cats can hear five times clearer and five times farther than humans. This helps them recognize voices quickly and also determine potential threats and predators on time.
- Cat’s ears are always inactive at birth and up till about a week after birth. The ears canals will open up when the cat is a week old and in two weeks, the cat would have recognized voices. In a month, the cat’s ears are fully functional.
- A deaf cat still lives as fine as others. Only a professional will notice the difference because the other senses of a cat are also very strong, so the cat will adjust without much problems.
- The tufts (which are extremely cute) are actually protecting the cat’s ear from foreign noise and objects. They are cute and cool to touch, but are also crucial to the wellbeing of a cat.
- Cat ears determine their mood. It is a reflexive reaction for the cat’s ear to go sideways and downward when they are provoked or angry. The ears are laid close to the head when it is depressed.
- White cats with blue eyes are mostly deaf, especially if the cat has long hair. A gene mutation could be held responsible for this, the pleiotropic gene – which is responsible for the white hair and blue eyes – is also responsible for abnormalities in a part of the ear called cochlea which sends signals of sound to the brain.
- Abnormal ear shapes in cats are also caused by gene mutation in cats. Such mutation can be seen in cats like the Scottish fold and the American Curl. These breeds are however prone to more bone deformities than others.
Cats are amazing pets and there still is a lot to know about them.