Beautiful catportraiture photo! What still eludes me is the purpose of those little vertical pockets at the outer base of cats' ears. Have wondered about that since childhood but cats ignore my inquiries.
Good question! I never thought of that! It must have a function of some sort... Everything on the feline form has a purpose, mostly to facilitate hunting. :)
Lovely photo; she looks like a furry philosopher as she stares out into the window. And since Geo raised the question (I'm like a kid who has to know "why"):A cat has three components to their ear much like a human ear. The outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. The pocket or little fold behind a cats ear is actually the outside edge of the outer ear. It’s called the pinna. The outer ear is pyramid shaped and is completely external on the cat’s head. This pocket or fold gives a cat their exceptional hearing ability. The pinna has two functions, it funnels sound into the ear canal in the middle ear and it also helps the ear’s flexibility and rotates up to 180 degrees to help pinpoint and funnel sounds to the ear.
It doesn't surprise me that these little hollows are designed to enhance their hunting abilitites... Cats are such perfect predators! Thanks for all the info, soulsis! :)
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