March 2007 Issue

Your Cat's Sense of Hearing

This highly effective sense is particularly useful for wild cats, but our indoor pets make use of their superior hearing, as well.

When you call your cat, it often seems like he doesnít hear you at all, but a catís sense of hearing is quite astute. A cat can hear sounds with frequencies from 45 to 60,000 vibrations per second (one vibration per second is called a hertz; 1,000 vibrations per second is called a kilohertz) as opposed to a human who can hear from 20 to 20,000 hertz. Even the canine who may be sleeping at your feet doesnít hear the upper ranges as well as your cat.

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