16 November 2012

Feline Friday: The EARS have it!

 Have you ever noticed how expressive your cat's ears are? According to the internet (source of all knowledge!), a cat's ears can adopt several different positions for several different reasons. Under normal circumstances, a kitty's ears will be erect and forward – alert, with attention focused ahead. But if a kitty senses danger or prey, this will be reflected in her ears! 

I noticed this behavior recently while Lily was watching out the window. She noticed something moving (most likely a ground squirrel) right outside our sliding door. Look at the position of her ears: rotating like radar dishes – listening carefully in an attempt to find the source of the sound. See how one is forward and one is back? This can also indicate ambivalence -- uncertainty about the source of the sound.

As soon as she spotted the ground squirrel and determined it might be a fun friend or a tasty treat (as opposed to a threat!) her ears swiveled sideways to indicate that she was on the offensive. A cat in an extreme defensive position will have ears pressed backward onto the head – folded back to protect them from harm.

  And this is the "nose and ear pressed against the window position" for the kitty who simply wants to see better!

Watch your kitty's ears and see what they communicate!

1 comment:

Maureen said...

Aw, great photos Janet! I love the expressive ears... I always know when they've heard me, even if the cat doesn't move when I call them, the ear-reaction gives them away every time...