Five white canisters with metal clips sit on the kitchen island. Four of them are placed on the right side & are filled with huMom’s various teas. One, the largest sits on the left side & is where Dot’s, Jerry Underfoot’s & my liver treats are kept. Through out the day huMom will open one of her tea canisters to make her brew & there is no interest from the cats when she does. However, when she opens the canister with the treats Jerry Underfoot & Dot will come running no matter where or what they are doing. The canisters are exactly the same with the exception of size & location. How do they nose she is opening our treat container? Hi, CEO Olivia here to share why this is pawsible.
We dogs retain a superior sense of smell; cats can fall from great heights & paw away unscathed. But who has a better auditory system? Well, as much as I don’t like to admit it, the feline sense of hearing is pawsitively more sensitive than us dogs & humans (& many other mammals).
Felines rely on their keen hearing; it’s an impawtant pawt of their hunting skills. Unlike us canines, they don’t chase prey over long distances. Instead, they wait listening for prey & the opportune moment to pounce. Their ears are fine-tuned for this job. Dot’s & Jerry Underfoot’s external ear flap, or pinna, can rotates up to 180 dogrees to locate & identify even the faintest of squeaks, peeps or the sound of the liver treat canister opening.
While the humans ear canal is extremely short & measures just 2.5 centimeters in length, both us canines & felines pawsess a long ear canal that makes almost a 90-dogree bend as it travels to the deeper pawts of the ear.
Humans share the same lower hearing limit as cats, which is about 20 Hz. However, when it comes to higher frequencies cats can hear three times higher than humans; humans hear frequencies of up to 20,000 Hz, which falls to about 12,000–15,000 Hz as they age. The furbulous feline can hear sounds up to 64,000 Hz. A healthy cat can judge within three inches the location of a sound being made three feet away, which which is pawsitively helpful when locating of prey. They can also hear sounds at considerable distances; up to four or five times farther away than humans.
Dot & Jerry Underfoot’s pointy ears are a wagnificent but, dogspite their meowsome abilities, they’re pawsitively a fragile pawt of their bodies. Cats’ ears are made of three pawts, the inner-, middle- and outer ear, & hearing loss in cats can be congenital (from birth) or acquired. Those purrty white cats with blue eyes are at the highest risk of suffering congenital hearing loss. This is due to a faulty gene. Ruffly 80 % of white cats with two blue eyes will start to show signs of deafness when they are about four days old. This is a result of cochlear degeneration.
An outer ear infection; which can spread to other pawts of the ear if untreated is the most common ear issue in cats. Keeping your furbulous feline’s environment clean & checking their ears for signs of infection can pawsitively help pawvent ear infections spreading. Ear infections can lead to hearing loss, if untreated. Always talk to your vet if you’re concerned about your cat’s hearing health. ‘Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses pawvent them.’ ~ Albert Einstein
Have a pawsome week, CEO Olivia, Dot & Jerry Underfoot💜
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