Whiskers are vital parts that make cats a cat. When people draw cats, even the most incomprehensible piece of feline drawing can be known with just the nose and the typical 6 strands of whiskers connected to it. The importance of cat whiskers isn’t just for a cat drawing to be good but it’s absolutely vital for a cat in real life.
What are cat whiskers
Cat whiskers aren’t the same as cat’s fur or human hair. These curious strands are touch receptors called vibrissae. They are flexible horizontal strands deeply embedded in a cat’s body unlike a cat’s fur which is external and three times thinner. This vibrissae or cat whiskers are connected to the muscular and nervous systems of your feline friend; it sends information to these sensory nerves that give cats their fast reflexes. It also plays a part as to why cats can be so sensitive and easily frightened.
Importance of Cat Whiskers
The importance of cat whiskers is its sensory power that allows a cat to gather information. It sounds like a great gadget and it’s even cooler to realize it’s naturally embedded in your buddy’s anatomy.
Cat whiskers are useful for cats when gauging their surroundings. It serves as a spatial detector that helps assess the precise size of an object thus helping kitties with their ‘if I fits, I sits’ hobby. Their whiskers also serve as their eyes especially when they’re in the dark. So, for cats that have eye problems or are blind, their whiskers become even more significant.
These tactile hairs can also detect changes in air currents, helping them sense danger like an approaching predator or an imminent natural disaster. Finally, your fur babies’ whisker can help you understand their mood or state of mind. For instance, taut whiskers that are pulled back across their face is an expression of fear or feeling threatened. On the other hand, relaxed whiskers pointing away from their face indicate a sense of contentment.
Note for Cat Owners
It’s highly discouraged for cat owners to cut their calicos’ whiskers. Often the reason why cat parents cut their buds’ whiskers is because they’re too long and for other grooming purposes. Although it’s been noted that cat whiskers do regrow and don’t necessarily hurt your feline friends when cut, it can and it will disorient your pet.