About what “ speak “ cat`s ears?of the Cat, unlike people, use ears not only for reception of information, but also for its transfer. Ears can change the situation depending on an arrangement of a source of a sound and by means of a peculiar mimicry to reflect an emotional condition of an animal.
The cat uses five basic provisions of the ears corresponding to absolutely certain emotions: to rest, alarm, excitement, defense and aggression.
corresponds to the Condition of rest such position of ears of an animal at which acoustical openings are sent forward and a few to the parties thus as if the cat quietly listens to some sounds which interested her. When the cat, having heard a foreign sound, instantly passes from the quiet, weakened state into the mode of an intense vslushivaniye, her ears change situation, displaying feeling of alarm.
If the sound interested a cat, ears completely become straight and guided so that acoustical pass was directed accurately towards a sound source. Ears keep the situation all the time while the cat peers in the direction which interested her. In case after the first sound the cat hears something interesting from other source, for example, sideways, ears slightly will change the direction of focusing, and position of the head and the direction of a look will not change.
The condition of excitement, conflict, irritation or alarm give twitchings of ears. At some species of wild cats such twitchings are noticeable more distinctly from - for long brushes on tips of ears, but the domestic cat usually has no such ornament, and it is more difficult to notice these signals. Small brushes on tips of ears are characteristic of some breeds of a domestic cat, especially they are noticeable at Abyssinians, but these small dark strelochka nevertheless obviously lose in comparison with huge brushes of such cats as, for example Caracus links.
Ears of the defending cat adopt almost flat provision. The cat densely presses them to the head not to injure in a fight. The unstitched and broken off ears of the cats participating in fights testify to that, it is how important for an animal to hide far away from others claws such vulnerable details of the anatomy. The ears which are densely pressed to both sides of the head become almost imperceptible at a look in front and give it more roundish outline. For some cat breeds, for example, a Scottish Fold, the flat pressed position of ears is characteristic, but it remains at an animal constantly, irrespective of an emotional state. Thanks to it representatives of this breed always look protected. It is difficult to present how this feature is reflected in social life of such animals.
The cat who is in a condition of aggression, but at the same time not feeling fear holds ears differently. In this situation they are also turned back, but pressed to the head not so densely, as in the previous case. The back part of an ear becomes noticeable at a look in front, and this situation - the most terrible nonverbal signal which the cat can only give. By the nature such position of ears is intermediate between positions of alarm and defense, otherwise, it - something between a turn forward and pressing of ears to the head. It is quite possible to call such situation “ position of readiness for problems “. The cat as if speaks: “ I am ready to a fight, but is not frightened at all therefore I even am not going to hide ears “. In this position the back part of an auricle is visible because that for full pressing of an ear to the head it has to be previously in detail back. Thus, in case the opponent of an aggressive cat nevertheless risks to attack, then his ears will already be in the situation ready to dense pressing.
The position of ears characteristic of a cat in a condition of aggression, is emphasized with very effective elements of coloring of some species of wild animals. For example, the large white spots bordered black, located on back part of each ear are characteristic of tigers. When the tiger is ready aggressively, the last doubts in it unambiguously dispel the white spots on ears directed to object of its attention.
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