Much adorable. You know, them cute threads that come out the sides of your cat’s face. Yes! Those! They not only make your cat look cute, but they have amazing uses your cat needs for survival. Lets go kitty Macgyver!
1.) Can I fit in there?
Cats use their whiskers to determine what they can and cannot fit into. From whisker tip on the left to to whisker tip on the right, that measures the widest part of their body (minus the fur).
2.) Read my face
The whiskers act as a facial expression for cats. If the whiskers are immobile, laying mostly straight from one side to the other, your cat is content. If you notice the whiskers firmly laying against the cat’s cheeks, he/she may be nervous, scared or angry.
3.) Where’s my glasses?
Cats are naturally far-sided in their vision. This means anything up close becomes a little blurry. When a cat is hunting, the whiskers act as feelers letting him/her know when precisely to bite down on the prey to kill it.
4.) Did you feel that?
At the core of ever whisker are sensitive nerves and blood flow making even the very tip of each whisker very sensitive. This allows them to detect even the smallest change in a breeze, and even feel vibrations better. Whiskers are not just on the sides of the nose either! They can be found above the eyes, behind the ears, under the chin and on the lower front legs of every cat.
5.) Kung-Fu kitten
Just as their eyes and tails are important to balance, so are their whiskers! The nerves tied to the whiskers on the sides of your cat’s nose stem back up into the equilibrium. This comes in use with hunting, jumping and even finding a good position to lay in. Because of their high sensitivity damaging them, cutting them or simply allowing them to eat from small bowls can cause them pain, dizziness, disorientation and confusion. Never, ever, EVER cut a cat’s whiskers.
6.) Hide and seek
Just as the eyes are designed for low lighting, their whiskers play a part in night time navigation as well! In minimal lighting, and even complete darkness, the whiskers allow the cat to maneuver around objects without directly running into them or even touching them.