Audiogram of the domestic cat (Felis catus)

 

Data from:

Heffner, R.S., and Heffner, H.E. (1985) Hearing range of the domestic cat. Hearing Research, 19, 85-88. two animals

Neff, W.D., and Hind, J.E. (1955) Auditory thresholds of the cat. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 27, 480-483. three animals

 

Absolute thresholds (in dB re 2 N/m2) for domestic cats

 

Frequency

(in kHz)

Thresholds (in dB)

 

Average

Heffner & Heffner

Neff & Hind

.045

75

75

.063

52

48

50

.125

36

32

34

.250

22

10

16

.500

6

6

6

1

3.5

-3

0

2

1

-9

-4

4

1

-13

-6

8

-3

-17

-10

16

-2

-10

-6

25

-2

-2

32

3

-4

-0.5

45

15

15

60, 64

31

33

32

91

80

80

 

 

Lowest and highest frequencies audible at sound

pressure levels (SPL) ranging from 30 to 70 dB SPL

SPL

(in dB)

Lowest audible frequency (in kHz)

Highest audible frequency (in kHz)

70

.048

85

60

.055

79

50

.063

73

40

.096

68

30

.150

60

 

 

Additional Parameters:

Body weight = 3500 g

Functional interaural distance = 258 s

(Time required for sound to travel around the head from one auditory meatus to the other.)

 

Comments: Threshold values taken from original data (Heffner & Heffner), and from published graphs (Neff & Hind).