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Is my cat deaf?
Is my cat deaf?
Many of us would like to think we have a good understanding of the hearing abilities of our domestic cats, but that is usually not the case.
So how much of the time is my cat truly able to ‘hear’ me? And what can I do to make sure I am heard?
It is easy to be overly confident in your assessment of your cat’s hearing abilities. But if you are feeling unsure, or not convinced that you’re getting your message across to your feline companion, there are some simple and inexpensive ways to test for his hearing.
Can Cats Hear Me?
Cats are, to varying degrees, capable of hearing some noises, such as sudden noises or loud sounds, and responding to these noises by changing their behaviour. They can do this by turning their ears in the direction of the noise, or by looking towards or away from it. However, they do not typically respond to the frequency and timing of a call. They can hear frequencies of up to 25 kHz (Kilohertz).
The sounds that cats can hear are different from the sounds that we humans can hear. The threshold for cats is between 80 and 100 dB, and the sounds they can hear are between 20 and 60 dB above their threshold. Cats can also hear a range of other sounds, including low frequency sounds, which are sounds between 2 and 10 kHz. This means that if you are talking in a normal tone to your cat, and your voice is loud enough, he should be able to hear you. It’s also possible for them to hear the high-frequency sounds made by other animals (e.g. chirping birds, the growl of a German Shepherd or Jack Russell Terrier) and low frequency sounds, which are usually the sounds of machinery (motorbikes, engines, r horns) and traffic (traffic lights, cars, buses).
Cats have very sensitive hearing. Their ears are very large, the largest in the mammal kingdom, and are connected to an elongated semicircular canal and cochlea. Because of this, they can pick up a lot of sound, and in the right conditions, they can hear sounds of even a low frequency and a high intensity. Their auditory system is very well developed, being very complex and organised. All aspects of their hearing work well together, allowing them to pick up sounds and use them to help locate their prey. For instance, they will locate animals by the sounds that they make, their breathing and by watching their actions. They also have very good sight and their keen eyesight can detect a change in the colour of a bird’s feathers in as little as four milliseconds. This means that they can pick up the movement of birds with high speed, which is especially useful when hunting.
Cats can even hear a change in r temperature, which helps to orientate them when outside. So the noise of wind and rn, as well as the sound of their prey, means that they are on the alert and ready to catch anything. This could expln why cats seem to be able to hunt, sometimes using their prey to get the best position to attack from. They have also been known to pick up the vibration of prey and even track the outline of their prey by the vibrations of its fur. Although this does not seem to be a method of hunting the cat is still using the method of their prey to help it find them.
How cats use their hearing
All aspects of cats hearing d their hunting. Their extremely keen sense of hearing can detect the slightest noises, including those made by other predators. This can help them find the best places to hunt, the best location to catch the greatest number of prey and the highest quality food. This also means that they are not fooled easily by the sounds of other animals, which often gives them an advantage.
Cats will also use their hearing to detect danger. If they do detect a predator or intruder, they will use their high sense of hearing to help them pinpoint the location of the intruder. They will use the sound of their prey to help them keep track of the intruder and to alert them to danger. It has also been reported that cats use the sound of a potential threat to hunt and locate the potential intruder.
How cats use their vision
Another thing that cats can use their hearing to help them in is their vision. Cats have three eyelids that can be opened and closed with great speed. This allows them to keep their eyes dry and to prevent excess moisture from affecting their vision. With their eyes open their pupils are constantly changing size, letting in light at different times. This helps them detect different light sources and therefore helps them see clearly in different light situations. The size of their eyes and their pupils has also been reported to be used by them in order to detect movement and to help them spot their prey.
How cats use their sense of smell
Finally, cats use their sense of smell in different ways. One of the most interesting uses is that of their scent glands. Scent glands can either be external or internal. The external ones are found on cats forehead, under the tongue and on their cheeks. These glands are used to help them mark their territory and to alert the rest of the family to their scent. They also put their scent on items that they use and bring back to their den or home. The internal glands are located in the kidney which, when the cat is in a relaxed or asleep state, causes the cat to discharge their urine. The urine has a strong scent that helps cats find other cats that are in the area and allows them to find their owner.
How cats find their way home
Cats find their way home with ease and are able to navigate their environment by using their hearing, vision, smell and balance. They have a great sense of hearing and are able to detect small changes in the environment, by using different noises and patterns. For example, they hear footsteps from far away and can use this to know where the owner is heading. They are able to follow their own scent so that they can find their way back home. They also use their sense of balance to help them navigate their surroundings. Cats balance themselves by tilting their head to face one way and holding their tl in the other direction. This allows them to see the environment in front of them and use gravity to help them.
Cats have a hierarchy within their family unit and this is reflected by the way they interact with each other. The mn rule of the hierarchy is that the dominant cat in the area will be the first one to approach another cat when they enter the area. When a newcomer enters the area, they need to be friendly to the resident cats. If they are not friendly, then they will be rejected by the rest of the cats.
Cats play with their owner’s food to make them happy. When cats play with their food, it means that they are in a playful mood and want to share it with their owner. Owners that are not playing with their cat when they eat their food are telling them that they do not want to be friends. Playful owners tend to pay more attention to their cat, which is great for the cat because they can play with them for hours.