Today I want to talk about whiskers. Cat’s have whiskers that grow as wide as their bodies so I am guessing fat cats have the longest whiskers. When I was a kid I had a cat that was quite fluffy and he had very long whiskers too. This makes me wonder if cats who plump up during the winter and slim down during the summer grow new whiskers each season to adjust to their size. That’s pretty amazing if you think about it.
Did you know that whiskers have a direct connection to a cat’s sensory nerves? Whiskers help cats “see” in the dark. Their whiskers give them all sorts of information about their surroundings. Never trim your cat’s whiskers. Doing that can be quite debilitating for them.
A cat’s whiskers help them chase prey, decide if they can fit into tight spaces, and can help them determine how far to jump from one place to another. Surprisingly, whiskers can also tell you something about your cat’s mood. Whiskers that are flat against a cat’s face and point backwards indicate fear. A hunting cat will often have whiskers pointing forward. Cats can be very mysterious, but luckily we do know a few things about them!
Have a happy Caturday!