Cat's Five Senses Essay

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Cats do have excellent adaptations when it comes to senses. When we say adaptations, these are the anatomical changes in an organism’s body that comes with a function to aid in the efficiency of an organism’s lifestyle. Since cats are known to be predators, the adaptations of their sharp senses aid them on focusing on their prey as well as detecting dangers around them. In this paper, I will be discussing to you the mechanisms of each of the cat’s five senses including its significance on a cat’s more sensitive than cones, and are the only source of vision in dim light when no colors are distinguishable. Resolution is poorer in rods. Cones respond only to brighter light and often provide the sole input to a ganglion cell. Figure 1Cat's eyes…show more content…
Once the sound waves have rounded the corner of the ear canal, they cause the eardrum to vibrate, stimulating the ossicles of the middle ear (tiny bones called the malleus, incus and stapes – otherwise known as the hammer, anvil and stirrup). These ossicles transmit the sound waves to the cochlea. (Bailey, 2013). The cochlea is a fluid-filled structure in the middle ear. The sound waves are translated to fluid waves in the cochlea that are then sensed by nerves connected to fine hairs that float in the fluid and is then sent on to the brain for interpretation. This is the area that a human “cochlear implant” stimulates to help correct hearing loss. The feline cochlea has 3 complete turns while the human cochlea only has 2.75 turns. They have 10,000 more auditory nerves than humans. Near the cochlea is another fluid- and carbonate crystal-filled structure called the vestibular apparatus that is in charge of balance (Bailey, 2013). Figure 15 gives you a labeled structure of both cat and human ears. Applying all the physiology you just have read, let us tackle a little about its influence on a cat’s behavior (I think it’s interesting). You

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