The cat ears, a ,,conversation manual”

cat ears
The Cats speak more than dogs, using a whole arsenal of conversation. Like the eyes, the lamb or the tail, the ears say a lot about the mood of our company. And about the message that it wants to convey. The cat ears, a conversation manual” I will introduce the subject. You will know better your cat and all she wants to communicate.

The cat ears, a ,,conversation manual”

Talking cat through a language in which he uses not only the young man but also the whole of his body. Thus, the position of the ears can be a very accurate barometer of his feelings and moods. When the cat relaxed,

  relaxed cat
 quiet, the ears are slightly straight towards the back and outward.

But, when they raised and picked, the cat is very attentive to everything that happens. Listen to something interesting. Or he just heard a noise. If, but, the ear flaps directed laterally, then that means an imminent attack. If the cat frightened, you will notice that the ears turned back and stuck to the head. This posture is instinctively adopted

The cat bends its ears as the feeling of fear increases. Their complete flattening happens when she terrorized or ready to attack. Also, the general position of the body, associated with this posture of the ears, is easy to recognize. A frightened cat ready to give back urgently or but to attack stands with his back curved. And his body positioned diagonally towards the opponent.

Instead, when expecting imminent but pleasant physical contact, for example, a comfort, the cat gently tucks her ears back, without sticking them to her, and wags her tail. Also, the cat can move its ears independently of each other and can hear any sound from any direction, without having to move its body. When they move their ears in all directions, they express their nervousness, uncertainty, increased attention or fear. In this way, she tries to catch any noise, to expect any movement, to protect herself from danger.

ears cat


Here are some amazing facts about your cat’s ears.

Cat Ear Care

When the cat is healthy, the ears are generally clean. The cat knows how to wash. But, we must not neglect the care of our cat’s ears. To disinfect and sanitize the area. To examine the ears and make sure the cat has no problems.

The periodicity with which you will perform this operation will determine according to the time in which you notice that the cat’s ears need to cleaned. Generally, it is enough to clean the cat’s ears every two weeks.

In a previous post, I wrote more about cat ear care. You can see it here. Ear more sensitive and harder to care for has the cat Scottish Fold. That’s because of their special shape.

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Refined hearing

The cat has a great hearing acuity, being able to capture frequencies up to 60,000 hertz. It can distinguish a wide range of very low-intensity sounds. Mahes her one of the animals with a very refined hearing. That is why its range of vibration perception is three times greater than that of man.

ear cat

The cat’s hearing is very sensitive. Allows her to perceive including ultrasound, high-frequency sound vibrations. The upright position and the size of the ear allow the cat to capture each noise. Even though, given its character. The cat uses his hearing, guiding himself to his pleasure and willingness, directing his attention wherever he wishes. In contrast, older cats tend to remain deaf. It compensates for this deficiency by vase and odor.

Deafness is also a common accident in kittens and related to the traumas that occurred in childhood. We can hardly tell if a cat is deaf because, thanks to sight and smell, it manages to behave like a normal cat. Deafness confirmed 15 days after birth is rather present in cats with white fur and blue eyes.

The loud noises immediately arouse the cat’s interest. The number of nerve fibers in the auditory nerve is about 52,000. In humans, there are only about 31,000 nerve fibers.

It is easy to understand why the cat easily perceives noises that escape us even if we are very careful. It locates very well the place where the noise comes from and the distance from which it occurs.


With the help of sensitive research methods, it has found that the cat can produce rapid vibrations of air in the larynx. The wavelength is of the ultrasound field. Even in young cats aged 30- 40 days, mouth opening is sometimes observed without the animal making any sound.

It has proven that during this “helmet” ultrasounds with a frequency of 80,000 Hz received which received by the mother cat facilitating the supervision of the chicks. The mother reacts each time by moving the ear flags. Moreover, it can respond by opening its mouth and expelling air with an ultrasonic frequency of 50,000 Hz. Ultrasound also plays an important role in the life of mice.

Thus, thanks to laboratory research, it found that young mice communicate with each other. Or with their mother and with the help of this system. Those it is not excluded that the cat will locate the position of the mouse precisely by intercepting such calls. 

ears cat

The acoustic and static role

The ear is a complex organ. It has an acoustic role but also static. It ensures balance. It consists of three parts: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The outer ear made up of ocular pavilions that can move independently of one another.

They are capable of capturing sound waves.

  ears cat

And transporting them to the external acoustic channel (a cylindrical channel ending with a tympanic membrane).

Behind the tympanic membrane is the middle ear. It composed of a cavity filled with air. It located in the temporal bone of the skull whose upper part comprises 3 small bones (nicovală hammer and stair). They have the role of transmitting sound into the inner ear. Here the cochlea, (part of the inner ear intended for hearing, connected to the vestibule the posterior portion of the labyrinth responsible for balancing the vestibule and semicircular canals) receives sound waves. Through lymph, it transforms them into mechanical waves. Their function is to maintain body balance and stimulate the acoustic nerve. It related to the brain. About the structure of the ear and its function can found here.


The position of the ears can be a very accurate barometer of their experiences and their moods. When the cat relaxed, the ears are straight, slightly brought back and out. If, the ear flaps directed laterally, then that means an imminent attack. If the cat frightened, you will notice that the ears turned back and stuck to the head.

In contrast, when expecting imminent but pleasant physical contact, such as a comfort, the cat gently rests its ears on its back, without attaching them to it, and wags its tail.

When the cat is healthy, the ears are generally clean. The cat knows how to wash. But, we must not neglect the care of our cat’s ears.

I would be happy to leave a comment, tell me how you care for your cat’s ears. Or whatever else you pleased to share with us about your cat. Thanks.

I’m a big cat loving, since the young baby.   My mother was great loving cats, grandmother as well.   My daughter is coming to the end. My daughter loves cats so much that she makes a second faculty: veterinary medicine.   Four generations, what do you think?

You can now learn to communicate directly with your cat.



14 Replies to “The cat ears, a ,,conversation manual””

  1. Hi Carmen. Very interesting article and as people say, every day you can learn something new. And today I learned that cats have ears language. A thing that I never thought that exist. I am an animal lover, and in the past, we had a few cats living with us, which I loved. But I never thought that I could see if my cat is anxious or relax by the ears language. In future, if I have a cat which I am sure off I will pay more attention to how they behave with their years. Thank you for teaching me something new today, Carmen. 

  2. Helooooo, I want to say a big thanks to you for sharing this informative and educative article, this article has really thought me more than I was expecting to learn and even see. Basically I am not a lover of cats, but they are really nice animals. I do know for sure that cats uses thier ears for hearing sounds but I never knew that the positioning of their ears passes different messages and can also be used to measure their feeling at each point in time. Wow I must say the ears has so much value to them. It’s pretty interesting to me. 

  3. Hello.Thank you for sharing this information about cats.It will add more knowledge to lovers of the cat concerning their behavior.Also help them to care more for them .l love cats since I was young. It happened that when i relocated to Thailand the house I rented ion the balcony had new born cats .I adopted one now he is  6 months old.I like playing with him and he keeps me company.

  4. Unlike dogs, cats barely have ear problems thanks to their unique anatomy. The most common ear disease I encounter in the vet clinic where I work is ear mites and it commonly affects young to juvenile kittens. When the infestation is severe, it can lead to severe otitis with pustular discharge which can be very painful. With docile kitties, the recovery rate is good but with feisty ones, it can be hard to manage because they won’t let you clean the ears or administer oral medications. 

  5. Thanks for sharing this Article on Cats lovers only. Your lay-out and pictures are awesome, teaching others about how cats use their ears and the position is very interesting, I myself never really knew why cats move their ears, In your article you state the facts why cats do this, the facts that they can hear things we as people can not hear, and how they protect themselves

  6. It’s really incredible that so much can be communicated by your cat just by the position of the ears and body language. I see that in so many different animals and it is really helpful in gauging what your animal is feeling at the moment. Their sense of hearing is amazing as well. Thanks for giving this guide to cat ears, but especially in how to take care of them for the health of your cat. Great post!

  7. Hello Petar. 

    Thank you for your comment. You are right, every day we learn something new. I have been raising cats for over 30 years, and every day I find out something new about them.

  8. Hi. 
    Thank you for your comment. Cats are not just cute. They are very intelligent, loving and mysterious. Did you know that their brain is 90% similar to ours?

  9. Thank you for your comment. You seem to be a real cat lover. I advise you to read about them so that you can grow them properly and enjoy their company for as long as possible.

  10. Thank you for your comment Cathy. And for the clarifications you made about cat’s ear diseases. I’m not a specialist so I can’t afford to give medical advice.

  11. Thank you for your comment Caroline. I’m glad you liked my article and you learned new things about cats, respectively about their ears.

  12. Thank you for your comment Steve. Yes, it’s a whole story about cat ears. I’m glad you found it interesting.

  13. Hi Carmen,

    I learned new things from you today about how to understand cats’ communication through their ears. The problem for cat lovers sometimes we don’t understand the sign our cats give us when they are scared, in pain, etc. So they think that their cats are aggressive. I think understanding our cats’ behaviors and everything about then from the ears, eyes, tails are also important. Thank you for your informative post. I really appreciate it.



  14. Thanks for the comment Ferra. Cats express their desires or pains through body language in general. My opinion is that there are no aggressive cats, only inappropriate owners who do not understand the language of their cat.

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