Get the scientific scoop on those adorable paws, whiskers, noses and tongues! If you're a cat lover, you likely think every part of your feline friend is adorable - from his fuzzy paws to his tiny pink nose. But while we may exclaim over their furry ears and darling whiskers, these parts all serve a remarkable purpose that may go unnoticed at first glance.
Get up close and personal with tiny kitty paws, noses and tongues through these macro photos and learn more about your adorable furry friend.
Cats' ears contain 32 muscles that allow them rotate their ears 180 degrees to pinpoint a sound. Although dogs are known for their hearing, cats' hearing is actually better because they can distinguish higher pitches and even detect tiny variances in sound. However, despite this stellar hearing, your cat still might not come when you call.
A vestibular apparatus in a cat's inner ear acts as its balance and orientation compass so that it always knows which way is up. It's what allows cats to (almost always) land on their feet.
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