Appointments: (02) 6251 1444
16-18 Purdue St, Belconnen, ACT
(Parking via Gillott Street)
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:30am - 1:00pm
BOOK ONLINE NOW!

Canberra Cat Vet Blog

Hearing and touch

Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

Cats can hear sounds 2 octaves higher in pitch than we can. They hear the high pitched squeaks of mice and other small rodents and can even distinguish the different species. We think this is why cats prefer us to talk in a high pitched voice. Perhaps low tones remind them of an angry tomcat?

Their mobile erect ears track prey. They pinpoint their victim’s position by the difference in time it takes sounds to reach the left and right ears. The ear flaps, known as pinnae, are independently mobile so that they can point away from or toward a sound to confirm the direction it’s coming from. Even the corrugations in the pinnae function to tell whether the source of the sound is from on high or from down low.

Cats’ paws very sensitive. They hate us handling their feet because their pads and claws are packed with nerve endings. In the wild this helps them know what their prey is doing – especially if it’s trying to escape! Remember they can’t see this close. Their vision is best from 2-6 metres.

Their long canine teeth are also super sensitive to touch. This allows them to direct the killing bite with deadly accuracy.

Their whiskers are super sensitive and very mobile. They  sweep them forward when they are pouncing to make up for their short-sightedness. In a fight they prevent damage to their precious whiskers by holding them back along the cheek.

The stiff hairs on the sides of the head, near the ankles and above eyes allow them to squeeze through small openings.

Cats senses of hearing and touch fit them well for finding, pouncing and killing their prey.

 


Search Blog

Recent Posts


Tags

kidney rolls obesity brown snake cat worms skinny vaccine open day bad breath stare into space spey when to go to vet feline enteritis cranky not eating introduction polish hungry allergy, dymadon hospital body language mouth breathing snake bite scratching post pain relief gasping New Year's Eve introductions vocal renal disease panleukopaenia lilly hyperactive mince hard faeces pred breeder pheromone paralysis grooming paralysis tick twitching sudden blindness comfortis blood in urine blockage hearing ulcers vomit desexing kibble furball diarrhoea cage dry food adipokines stress award panamax depomedrol wobbles cat fight sneeze conflict enteritis scratch fits IBD bed lymphoma spraying bump changed corneal ulcer hunched over cat flu pet collapse love permethrin whiskers African wild cat ribbon tooth abscess,cat fight restless xylitol hyperthyroidism tradesmen poison rough play salivation sensitive anxiety crytococcosus training mental health of cats aggression odour vision tablet seizures lick ACT vet visit desex scale toxic FIV poisonous plants urinating outside litter lilies best veterinarian learning heaing off food blind roundworm goodbye urine spraying sun hairball holiday nose scabs new year furballs new cat bladder stones pet meat cystitis cognitive dysfunction aspirin meows a lot signs of pain ulcer cryptococcosis ulcerated nose wet litter chlamydia exercise sore ears liver weight control best vet kitten radioactive iodine fight massage touch old snakes eyes urinating pica cat vet cortisone stiff Canberra Cat Vet insulin advantage eye ulcer panadeine visit kittens sense of smell diabetes calicivirus enemies rigid head dental check antiviral competition tartar attack open night face rub cat enclosure kidney disease headache checkup drinking more fleas cancer snakebite asthma blood pressure best cat clinic rub wool constipation birthday gifts skin poisons yowling sick cat senses best clinic runny eyes pain killer sensitive stomach echocardiography new kitten lily skin cancer runny nose snuffle decision to euthanase sick tick itchy obese arthritis activity train sore old cat sore eyes snake string feline herpesvirus thirsty abscess snuffles holes painful vaccination appointment virus flea treatment tumour health check plaque return home cat behaviour biopsy pancreatitis drinking a lot intestine pill Canberra blue heart disease fat mycoplasma prednisolone weight rash flu opening hours indoor cats poisoning kitten deaths blood test urinating on curtains or carpet petting cat cat enclosures catoberfest on heat urine change anaemia litter jumping sucking wool fabric Hill's Metabolic information night cat containment in season eye infection poisonous moving fireworks spray cta fight cat history kidneys annual check cough aerokat hole computer blindness behaviour diet cat hypertension senior snot food puzzles slow hypertrophic cardiomyopathy carrier unwell groom kitten play marking appetite plants toxins castration aggressive straining thiamine deficiency unsociable diuretics client night mass worms bladder fear panadol heavy breathing photo competition thyroid holes in teeth overweight dental treatment weight loss scratching paracetamol teeth strange behaviour dementia litter box allergy pain lame home hunting eye check-up high blood pressure worming vomiting FORLS introducing introduce tapeworm head pet insurance antibiotics hunters free fever euthanasia foreign body socialisation prey flea prevention cat friendly lump urination behaviour change AIDS paralysed noisy breathing breathing difficult feliway blocked cat panleukopenia christmas revolution bite microchip fluid pills herpesvirus inflammatory bowel disease dental physical activity hiding grass holidays hunter nails dilated pupils blood

Archive

A calm, quiet haven for cats and their carers staffed by experienced, cat loving vets and nurses.

Canberra Cat Vet 16-18 Purdue St Belconnen ACT 2617 (parking off Gillott Street) Phone: (02) 6251-1444

Get Directions