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Old 07-03-2007, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Boondocks, S.C.
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Can anyone tell me what the little extra flap of skin on a cats ear is/What is it for ?
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Home is where we park it.
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Anyone know? on Find out what the little pockets on cats' ears are for on 43 Things

That's what I found when I started hunting for it. Liz
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Old 07-03-2007, 09:19 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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darn here I thought the mystery was solved!!!
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Old 07-04-2007, 05:45 AM
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Location: Munich + FL, 32082
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I would have come up with the same answer like PeterAndSophie in the link above:

"I asked my vet (the Most Wonderful Vet in the World, by the way!)....

She said it’s called the “tragus” and that her best guess as to its function is to “give flexibility to the ear” (so that it can, for example, be folded down and back)."

There is always a reason for the "structure" of bodyparts, and when you watch the flexibility of cat's ears, it seems to be the only logical answer. This "tragus" may for instance be a benefit when a cat is in panic and folds its ears sidewards and down like our neighbor's cat (outside) who is afraid of our cat (inside) although she weighs twice as much as he does:



But he's the boss, as everyone can tell.
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Old 07-05-2007, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Boondocks, S.C.
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Default Tido & Hiccup wouldn't tell me the answer !!

These two guys wouldn't tell me what that thingy was for. I think Tido might have forgotten. He turned 16 on 7/3/07. And Hiccup was too busy to answer silly questions like that !!
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:44 AM
 
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I wonder if Scottish Folds have them?
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Boondocks, S.C.
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I wonder if Scottish Folds have them?
My Black Lab and Yellow Lab have them, too. So I guess they ARE for ear mobility.
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Old 07-05-2007, 12:34 PM
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These two guys wouldn't tell me what that thingy was for. I think Tido might have forgotten. He turned 16 on 7/3/07. And Hiccup was too busy to answer silly questions like that !!
A late Happy Birthday to Tido! 16 is quite an age for a cat. Hope he is going to enjoy many more years.

*cheers*
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