Structure and Function of the Ear in Cats

Below is information about the structure and function of the feline ear. We will tell you about the structure and function of the ear, and common diseases of the ear.

What Is the Ear?

A cat’s ears are the paired receptor organs designed for the special senses of hearing and maintaining balance. Each ear is divided anatomically and functionally into regions called the external (outside) ear, the middle ear and the inner ear.

Where Is the Ear Located?

The ears are located on both sides of the head. The external ear is identified by the erect or visible portion of the ear, called the pinna. The pinnae of the cat sit above and behind the eyes, on top of the front portion of the head.

What Is the General Structure of the Feline Ear?

The ear is divided into three portions:

What Are the Functions of a Cat’s Ear?

The two main functions of the ear are to detect sound and allow for hearing, and to maintain balance.

What Are Common Diseases of the Feline Ear?

What Types of Diagnostic Tests Are Used to Evaluate the Cat’s Ear?