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.
32 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.
Citrus fruits like lemon, orange, and grapefruit have a very strong scent, which may feel like an assault to cats’ sensitive noses. Both their peels and juice can be potent deterrents, although there are a few cats that actually like having a taste of them.
Researchers found that only 17 to 22 percent of white cats with non-blue eyes are born deaf. The percentage rises to 40 percent if the cat has one blue eye, while upwards of 65 to 85 percent of all-white cats with both eyes blue are deaf. Some of these cats are deaf in only one ear.
Interestingly, if a white cat with one blue eye is deaf in only one ear, that ear will invariably be on the same side of the head as the blue eye.
The world record for the high jump for humans is 8.04 feet. And according to the Guinness Book of Records, a Chinese acrobat once made a vertical jump 8.07 feet through a hoop.
A cat may not be able to match that, but let’s be fair – a cat is less than two feet tall! However, your average housecat can achieve a vertical jump to a height of five feet or more (without running), which may be as much as seven times her own height. We don’t know the height of the aforementioned human record holder high jumpers are, but if they were four feet tall, they’d be jumping to only twice their height!