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Why Are Whiskers Important on a Cat? Should They Be Trimmed?

Why Are Whiskers Important on a Cat? Should They Be Trimmed?

Whiskers are more important to a cat than they may seem. They are more than making your cat look smarter and wiser.

Whiskers are essential to a cat and they help him find his way through the dark. The long facial hair helps a cat judge the space between him and other objects, and it will even help him sense a potential predator.

They look like very stiff hairs, but it's really part of their muscular and nervous system. Each whisker is extremely sensitive and tuned to send messages to the brain. It is like the whiskers are a radar to the brain.

The whiskers can help a cat make decisions, judge distances, and navigate tight spaces. The whiskers on a cat can help her decide if a box is too small to climb into, or how high it is to jump up on a table.

The follicles of the hairs have nerve endings and blood vessels that send messages to the cat's brain, and each one has a nerve ending that picks up vibrations in the environment. That helps the cat sense if there are other animals around them.

What Happens When Whiskers Get Cut?

If a cat's whiskers get damaged in any way it could cause the cat to get confused and even harm the cat. Whiskers help the cat scan the area, and cats don't need to touch items with his whiskers in order to detect the object.

Never trim, cut, curl, dye, or even touch a cat's
whiskers. They are so sensitive that a cat can pick up air movements from indoors.

Cats are generally far-sighted and have trouble seeing things up close, so this will help them.

Cat whiskers are called tactile hairs but the cats don't actually feel anything with their whiskers. If you trim whiskers, cats could get disoriented or look like he is losing his balance a lot.

A lost whisker will grow back, but even losing one whisker is enough to throw off a cat.

How Many Whiskers Do Cats Have?

Cats have 24 whiskers, 12 whiskers on each side of their faces with four lines on each side.

The cat breed with the longest whiskers is the Maine Coon cat and one of them made the Guinness Book of World Records for having whiskers that measured seven-and-a-half inches long.

Cats will shed their whiskers, but they grow back. It your cat is losing too many whiskers, that may be a sign of a more serious medical condition.
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