Why Do Cats Ears Twitch When You Touch Them
Our feline friends are blessed with Bionic Woman-like hearing. Cats can hear better than humans in higher ranges and even better than dogs.
A cat’s ears are shaped somewhat like cones. I’ve found that if you want to hear something better, cup your hand around your ear and it helps that’s kind of how a cat’s ears are constructed.
And because they have a lot of muscles in their ears, they can rotate their ears to catch a lot of noise. Sometimes a cat’s ears twitch because they’re listening to something we have more than likely missed. On the other hand, a cat’s ears can also be an indicator of their mood.
A not-so-happy cat will flatten his ears (and if it reaches that point, I’d get away fast because the hissing and claws are likely next). A cat who’s happy and in a good mood will have their ears up like normal. I know I can make my cat’s ears twitch if I touch the tips or hairs inside, so sometimes they might twitch because of some type of irritation.
If you notice your cat’s ears look “dirty,” it could be because they are infected by earmites and they might be twitching because they’re itchy. If that’s the case, I’d definitely get your cat to a vet to get medicine to relieve the twitch. Keep an eye on your feline watching what’s going on around him and taking a look at possible factors – should lead you to the answer of why his ears are twitching.
You are mostly not even aware when you do it, except when you think about it. Your eyelid is a thin membrane. A cat’s ear is similar. One reason for blinking does not apply to an ear — it spreads moisture across the eye. But it also relieves irritation of that membrane, and assists blood circulation through blood vessels that are unusually fine and long.
Cats twitch their ears more if there s a source of irritation, as you do with your eyelids. They’ll probably also be rubbing their ears with their paws a lot, if there’s any problem needing vetinary attention. But the occasional twitch is just an autonomic reflex, like your blinking.
BTW a cat’s ears are also steerable sound antennae. If they move in a deliberate manner , rather than twitch, the cat is listening carefully to something. Very possibly, something you can’t hear. Their hearing is thousands of times more sensitive than ours, and extends into our ultrasonic. And a cat’s ears double as an emotional state signal, as our faces do. If the cat is angry or scared, the ears will be pulled back against its skull.
The simplest answer is because when stimulated, peripheral nerve endings in the ear, stimulate neighboring nerves in the dermis and epidermis to release neurotransmiters that cause signals that travel to and along the length of nervous tissue into the central nervous system in the spine and up to the brain and then back down the central nervous system to the propogating source; the ear, wear you observe your cat twitching.
The actually external cause of the stimulation creating the twitching effect of your cat’s ear is immpossible for me to tell you. You should observe him or her and you may get an answer. Sometimes, it could just be akin to you and me shaking out a jitter. Or it could just be a nervous tick, when he’s about to pounce or contemplating his options. Maybe it has someting to do with an itch or a condition of pressure in his inner ear. Your vet will know more about it. Personally, I think it’s just one of the mannerisms that makes cats adored and loved by their owners. I hope you enjoy your cat. Have a great day.