Cutting whiskers is not only painful, but can decrease a cat’s spatial awareness. This can cause them to knock into things, become disorientated, less able to protect themselves from danger and less agile. So, put the scissors away and let your cat’s whiskers grow wild!
I accidentally clipped my cat’s whiskers, will they grow back? Trimmed whiskers will eventually grow back if the whisker’s follicle, or root, isn’t damaged. It may take a few months for the clipped whiskers to re-grow, however, keep your cat indoors in the meantime.
Cat whiskers are similar to human hair and have no nerves so it is not painful to cut them.
Also, due to the fact that whiskers are important to a cat’s equilibrium, without them, they have trouble walking straight and have difficulty running. They also tend to get disoriented and fall.
Whiskers are specifically tuned sensory equipment that guide a cat through daily functions. These specialized hairs aid vision and help a cat navigate his environment, providing additional sensory input, much like antennae on insects.
Some owners want to be sure groomers do not touch their kitty’s whiskers, while others are adamant the whiskers are trimmed or removed. Knowing a few whisker facts will go a long way in helping you educate cat owners while giving you assurance you are doing what is in the best interest of the felines you groom.
Touching a cat’s whiskers doesn’t hurt, but pulling them does. The long, thick hairs that curve so gracefully from a cat’s muzzle and above the eyes are not just decorations – they’re more like antennae or “feelers.” They help the cat navigate, balance and keep out of trouble.
Do Cats Enjoy Being Kissed? While kissing is a natural way to show affection for humans, cats don’t seem to view it any different than other forms of physical affection. Also, some cats simply don’t like being that close to their human counterparts.
What happens when the whiskers are touched too much, even if it is basic brushing against food and water dishes, is the cat’s brain gets an onslaught of sensory messages transmitted to their brain. This overload of stimulation can make your cat feel stressed out or appear agitated.
Yes, cats can see colours! Although they can’t appreciate the full spectrum and the vast variety of shades that we humans can, their world isn’t solely black and white like many previously believed.
Can cats cry tears? The short answer is yes, cats’ tear ducts function the same way humans’ tear ducts do, but they don’t cry emotional tears from sadness or pain. While cats do “cry out in the sense that they may vocalize (meow, yowl, etc.)
Some cats love having their whiskers rubbed. Others detest it. That’s because the whiskers are very sensitive, used by felines to take in and interpret more sensory information. In a way, they’re like small and delicate fingertips.
The average lifespan for a pet cat is probably around 13 to 14 years. However, although their lifespan varies, a well cared for cat may commonly live to 15 or beyond, some make it to 18 or 20 and a few extraordinary felines even pass 25 or 30 years of age.
Many cats react to whistle-blowing, for good reason: cats have superior hearing skills, and high-pitched sounds often remind them of their high-pitched prey–birds, rodents and other small animals.
Purring (and many other low-frequency vocalizations in mammals) often are associated with positive social situations: nursing, grooming, relaxing, being friendly. More likely, though, purring is simply soothing, or self-soothing, as cats may also purr in stressful situations.
Good: Cheeks Behind the Whiskers
So what is it about scent-gland areas that cause cats to enjoy being petted there? When you rub these spots (like the cheeks behind the whiskers, pictured here), the glands release your cat’s scent onto you. Cat experts call this “scent marking.”
A cat’s whiskers and eyebrows should never be trimmed. They play a role in several important sensory functions, such as depth perception, proprioception, and even night vision.
What Are Cat Whiskers? Although they look like antennae and have a radar-like function, cat whiskers are highly sensitive hairs made of keratin, a protein also found in their claw sheaths.
The cat breed with the longest whiskers is a Maine Coon, whose large size means their whiskers must be longer to help them accurately determine whether they can fit into a small space. Missi, a Maine Coon from Finland, holds the current world record with whiskers that are 7.5 inches long!
A fascinating question! Cat whiskers are thankfully not poisonous. The main purpose they serve is to help the cat navigate, and secondarily they help the cat express their moods.
Cats typically don’t like being petted on their tummy, legs/feet, or tail. Of course, there are always outliers—some cats will love every bit of affection, no matter where they’re touched or who’s doing it. But generally, you shouldn’t pet a cat you don’t know on their stomach or extremities.
Your cat’s whiskers can sense vibrations in the air, making them incredibly useful when measuring distances or chasing prey. Additionally, they can also detect changes in air currents, enabling them to sense approaching dangers – making them sort of like their very own radar.
As a general guide, most friendly cats will enjoy being touched around the regions where their facial glands are located, including the base of their ears, under their chin, and around their cheeks. These places are usually preferred over areas such as their tummy, back and base of their tail.
According to a study1 published in 2019 in the journal Scientific Reports, cats do, in fact, recognize their own names. The lead author of the study is a behavioral scientist named Atsuko Saito from Sophia University in Tokyo, whose prior research2 demonstrated that cats can recognize their owners’ voices.