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Cats Whiskers

February 28th 2013 8:04 am
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When Girl Human was about 4 years old she cut all our cats whiskers off with a pair of kids scissors. Her father taught her a lesson that day and this was it.

Cat whiskers are like thick extra sensitive hairs. They help the cat balance and feel air and objects that help the cat navigate.

Cat's whiskers are very sensitive and can even feel light breezes in your house. The whiskers will move slightly when air or an object hit it and send a signal to the brain telling the cat that there is an object or current. Cats use their whiskers to help see in the dark by feeling air currents and objects around them. Cats also use their whiskers to judge if they can fit through a small opening or hole.

If a cat should lose its whiskers somehow then the cat will be confused and off balance and may run into objects. Cats have whiskers not only next to their nose but above their eyebrows as well.

Though whiskers are mostly found in the cat family other animals have whiskers as well such as squirrels, mice, seals and a few other animals.

 
 

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Purred by: Pipo (Catster Member)

February 28th 2013 at 8:09 am

Our dog-guy has them too. There are also whiskers on our legs!
Aren't we neato creatures!?!
Purred by: ☀ Charlie RIP ☀ (Catster Member)

March 1st 2013 at 1:52 am

I's got pretty impressive long whiskers.
Purred by: Guest Cat Sally (Catster Member)

March 1st 2013 at 3:20 am

Maybe that's why Mom acts so confused sometimes. She doesn't have whiskers! That must be so weird not to have them.
I knew a dog-guy who got his whiskers cut off because he was a show dog. *ouchie*
Purred by: Annie Spokescat Calico Juncti (Catster Member)

March 2nd 2013 at 8:31 pm

That's funny Guest Cat Sally. Charlie DB 112 boy kitties seem to have longer whiskers then us girl cats. I guess that's so they can get fatter, Tee Hee. Pipo McBeepo-McMeezer do you know fishies have them too. Not on their legs though.


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