Cat ears, things you didn’t know about them

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Amazing facts you did not know about cat ears

There is no doubt that cats are simply a marvel of design. Their bodies are engineered to provide them with unparalleled mobility and endow them with impressive agility. Today we will be centered on cat ears and the things you did not know about them.

They can move more than you know

We humans have six muscles that control our ears. These muscles do nothing to move our ears (whoever told you he can, he is actually moving his jaw muscles that make the ear appear as moving). Cats, on the other hand, have 32 muscles in every ear! So, cats can swivel their ears in the direction of perceived sound. These muscles allow a cat to rotate their ears 180 degrees.

Cats have super hearing

We know that dogs have an excellent hearing. But cats hearing ability is even better. They have a better ability to detect high pitch sounds and their ability to hear low pitch is almost equal. Cat ears can easily distinguish variances of one-tenth of a tone. This makes them pretty good at detecting different animals. Their sense of hearing is only five times stronger than yours!

Cat ears also help with their balance

Just like in humans, cat ears have an inner fluid. When there is a shift in this fluid, it sends a signal to the brain that such shift has occurred. This enables the cat to fix his position in order to always land on his feet.

Cats are born deaf

The ears canal in newborn kittens is closed. It will open when he is about one week old. By the time he is one month old, he will be able to distinguish between sounds. So, those rather clumsy kitties you see around there are already super powerful hearing agents.

Some cats can grow deaf

Some cats can even be born deaf due to a genetic mutation. This is especially true for blue-eyed cats. According to the Cornell Feline Center, about 40% of cats with one blue eye are born deaf. There is a 65% to 80% of cats with both blue eyes born deaf.

The tuft in Cat Ears has a purpose, other than being cute

We love that puff of hair on a cat’s ear. Its purpose is to keep debris outside and allow a better sound reception.

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