Cat’s Ears

Cats have evolved to be stealthy and proficient hunters. One of the tools in their arsenal are highly-sensitive ears. A cat’s ears have 32 muscles that control their movements. The neat thing is, their ears can move independently, up to 180 degrees, of one another. This gives them the amazing ability to accurately pinpoint where a sound is originating from!

Even though they are born deaf, a cat’s hearing quickly develops to be far more acute that our own! After only a couple of weeks, they can hear five times better than you or I. This helps them out considerably when they’re hunting for quiet prey like rodents or rabbits! It also helps them evade other predators that may want to have them for dinner!

Last, but certainly not least, have you ever noticed the tufts of fur on a cat’s ears? They aren’t there for looks alone! Nope, believe it or not, they actually serve a purpose. The tufts on, say, a bobcat’s ears, are beneficial because they keep debris from entering its ear. On top of that, it directs sound into the cat’s ears making it easier for them to detect movement in the environment.

Denise Peterson

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