7 Cat Whisker Facts You Need To Know


Cat whiskers are cool to look at but it does more than just make your cat look awesome. Whiskers are used as sensory tools for the cat, allowing them to effectively communicate with its surroundings. These facial hair bristles let the cat knows where to go and even allow it to gauge

These facial hair bristles let the cat know where to go and even allow it determine if the feline will fit in through an opening. Here are cool facts about cat whiskers and why they are extremely useful to cats.

Cat whiskers are important special sensory tools
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#1. Cat whiskers help your cat find a location where she’ll fit

Cats just love to get themselves inside unusual places. You’ll find them even in the most cramped places despite thinking that it’s too small for them to fit. Whisker length is usually proportional to the body width of a cat so this helps them gauge if they’ll fit through an opening. Some people believe that if a cat becomes bigger, the whiskers also grow longer.

#2. The hair bristles help place their prey in the right position

Cats can’t see really well up-close — they are farsighted. For this reason, they need some sensory assistance to make sure they can catch their prey effectively. Those whiskers help for this particular purpose.

#3. Cat whiskers are sensitive

The whiskers are embedded deep into a cat’s skin and the area around those whiskers have an abundant supply of blood and nerves, thus making it extra sensitive. These sensory tools can detect the slightest change in your cat’s surroundings. This is also the reason cats need to feed on a flat and wide bowl because eating from a bowl that presses on the whiskers can make them feel uncomfortable.

#4. They are a mood indicator

Your cat’s whiskers can tell you what mood your feline companion is. Your cat is mostly calm if the whiskers are sticking out sideways. If they are pushing forward, your cat is alert. You need to stay away if those whiskers are flatted against the cheeks as this could signal fear or anger. But besides whiskers, you also need to check the body language to confirm what mood your cat is in.

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#5. Cat whiskers can change color.

A change in cat whiskers’ color is apparent if the cat has a dark fur. Whiskers do change in color as the cat ages.

#6. Apparently, whiskers are not only found on the face.

Cats not only have whiskers on both sides of their nose; they also have them above the eyes, on the chin and the back of the front legs.

#7. Don’t ever cut the whiskers

You may be tempted to trim those whiskers but don’t ever. They are vital to a cat’s communication and navigation. If you do, the cat becomes disoriented and confused — it’s like being blindfolded.


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Source: Catster