Cat's whiskers are an exceptional tool in the animal's sensory perception and communication. It helps to determine what a cat is up to and what your pet's mood is like. It indicates whether a cat is fit and healthy. Here are several facts about whiskers and what it does for an animal.
1. Whiskers are extremely sensitive
Whiskers can easily detect any change in breeze's directions because it is very sensitive and it is rooted far deeper into a cat's skin than the fur. The surrounding area of whiskers has enormous supply of blood and nerves. Messing with whiskers may cause a cat a lot of pain.
There are approximately from eight to twelve whiskers that grow around a nose area. There are shorter whiskers that can be found above cats' eyes and at the back side of the front legs.
3. It helps a cat to determine whether he will fit somewhere
Generally, the length of whiskers around the nose area is equivalent to the cat's wide. It helps the cat to determine whether a certain hole or split he intends to go through will be wide enough for him.
Every single cat is farsighted. It means that the animal can see perfectly what happens right in front of him. However, it is whiskers that help a cat to position his prey, so that the fatal jump and bite is made with pin point accuracy.
When whiskers are sticking out and relaxed, it means that a cat is relaxed. When whiskers are pushed slightly forward, he is alert or exited. Flattened against the cheeks whiskers mean that a cat is scared or even angered.
6. Whiskers must never be cut
It has to be remembered that cats' whiskers must never be trimmed no matter what the circumstances are. A cat may lose its navigation signals, some instincts can be lost and an animal may act dizzy.
Cats' owner should not be surprised if he noticed that white whiskers start to appear on his black cat. Whiskers tend to become whiter with age, but it not always visible on a lighter fur.