What do cat whiskers do – More than a cute face
What do cat whiskers do – they have some very important functions!! Cat whiskers are actually incredibly sensitive and provide the cat with a lot of information about their surroundings (similar to horse whiskers). Personally, when I think of whiskers I think of the long ones on the head, but cats actually have whiskers on their forelegs as well!
All About Cat Whiskers
If you’ve ever spent time around cats you are probably quite familiar with their facial whiskers. They tend to come out on either side of the face, with the most prominent ones just behind the nose and above the upper lip. While most cats are pretty furry all over their whiskers are significantly longer, thicker, and courser than the surrounding hairs. They are also embedded deeper and have quite strong sensory capabilities due to the nerves at their roots. Since there are so many functions that a cat relies on it’s whiskers for they should never be trimmed.
Now let’s get to the function
Cat whiskers are incerdibly sensitive. They can be used as a basic measuring tool ot see if the cat’s body is likely to fit through a small space. Or, on a more detailed level they can even sense their surroundings by the virbrations created as the cat moves through space. Think about how on a windy day you may be able to feel differences in the air when certain objects are blcoking the wind. At an incredibly basic level the whiskers function with a similar idea at a drastically increased sensitivity to help the cat navigate its surroundings. Facial whiskers can even help make up for the cats poor clsoe up vision!
Leg whiskers – what?!! The whiskers on a cats leg are actually super functional for hunting! One of their main benefits is allowing the cat to know whether prey they are hunting/have caught is still alive and moving or not. Pretty cool, eh?
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