Cat Whiskers – What’s Up With That?

We all know cats have whiskers but do we really know all the intricate details about them?

Did you know that whiskers are made up of sinus hair and they are vitally important for cat survival?

There are normally 12 whiskers on each side of a cat’s face that are used for spacial orientation.

It is very interesting that even domestic cat’s whiskers perform the same acts that cats in the wild do.  If you see a cat and their whiskers are pointed straight out, they may be very relaxed.  On the flip side, cats whose whiskers are very close to their face are usually stressed or trying to process information about their environment.

Cats use their whiskers for instinct, to figure out the size of objects in their environment and to help deduce information about any prey they may be stalking.

If you ever see someone trying to cut a cat’s whiskers, please stop them (some children in the neighborhood were trying to do this to a feral cat the other day).  Without whiskers, a cat cannot survive.

For more information about cat whiskers and their importance to cat survival, here is an interesting article.



About furbabiesfurever

Just a furmom taking care of "less" adoptables-a dog and cat that are black, always adopting and not shopping. Love many activities,my oscar fish, animals, shopping, friends, family, life, my husband and of course my fur babies.

Posted on April 25, 2012, in Tips and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Thanks for this info!
    Bella and DiDi

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