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How many muscles are in a cat's ear?

Question #11775. Asked by matt.
Last updated Oct 25 2016.

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A cat has 32 muscles in each ear, compared to a human's 6 muscles each. A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.
Thirty-two individual muscles in each ear allow for a manner of directional hearing; a cat can move each ear independently of the other. Because of this mobility, a cat can move its body in one direction and point its ears in another direction. Most cats have straight ears pointing upward.


Response last updated by Terry on Oct 25 2016.
Apr 30 2001, 9:45 PM
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