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

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.


Information night October 19th

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Our information night this year centres on how cats perceive the world - and how you can harness this when integrating your kitten or cat into your household.
Secure your place at our popular annual information night. Phone us on 6251 1444 or email us as soon as possible.

Search Blog

Recent Posts


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


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