Those thick hairy things that stick out of your cat’s cheek. Yes, whiskers! What are they for? Let’s find out!
Cats use their whiskers for many reasons: they give important information about their environment. They also use them to communicate their emotions, and it’s an addition to their navigation system. It’s important to never trim them, or cut the whiskers off.
There about 24 whiskers on their face, twelve on each side of the nose, in four horizontal rows. There are also whiskers on their paws, eyes, chin and legs. Those whiskers are used for sensing objects, textures and boundaries.
Cats communicate with their whiskers, and they can be great mood indicators. Pulled back whiskers means your cat is angry and might be defensiveness. While whiskers that are relaxed and pushed forwards mean that your cat is curious, but it may also mean happy and content. Purring cats who have their whiskers pulled back, are in pain.
A cat without whiskers becomes confused and lost. Their whiskers are their radars. They need their whiskers to feel their boundaries and to know what kind of size and shape an object is, and of course to find out if their body can fit through tight spaces. Whiskers will guide them in the dark, so they won’t be running into objects or us… Without their whiskers, cats will be lost. That’s why you should never trim or cut your cat’s whiskers.
The whiskers of your cat are rooted more deeply into the skin than their fur. The area around them also has a lot of supplies of nerves and blood. This makes the tip of their whiskers so sensitive that they can detect even the slightest change in the direction of a breeze. Because of that, it can actually cause discomfort if you mess with their whiskers. Eating out of a bowl that presses on your cat’s whisker can be very disturbing for your furry-friend, so consider feeding your cat from a plate or wider bowl.