Hearing range of the domestic cat

  title={Hearing range of the domestic cat},
  author={Rickye S. Heffner and Henry E Heffner},
  journal={Hearing Research},
The behavioral audiograms of two cats were determined in order to establish the upper and lower hearing limits for the cat. The hearing range of the cat for sounds of 70 dB SPL extends from 48 Hz to 85 kHz, giving it one of the broadest hearing ranges among mammals. Analysis suggests that cats evolved extended high-frequency hearing without sacrifice of low-frequency hearing. 
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