Do cat whiskers grow back?

What? You cut your cat’s whiskers? Oh boy…you managed to give your pet a handicap. Are you not aware that whiskers are your pet’s built in radar system? Be thankful that cat’s whiskers grow back. In a few weeks, your pet will be sporting its brand new whiskers. Kitty can again wander in the dark and with all its full hunting capabilities can have fun searching for its prey.

Cats are considered the most popular pets in the world. In spite of this fact a lot of cat owners are not aware that whiskers are very important in a cat’s existence. Most cat parents would view whiskers as ordinary hairs more so because a cat owner may find one of these large hairs on the cat’s blanket or on its bed. Just like the ordinary hair, cats would also shed their whiskers. Shed whisker would be very noticeable because of its size. Thinking that the whisker is just an ordinary hair, a cat owner that trims the pets coat would trim the whiskers as well. Whiskers would grow back…when cut these large hairs will be replaced with new ones as long as these tactile hairs were not destroyed at the root level. While the pet is whiskerless, it would be similar to a blind person that has lost the cane. It would be best if the pet is not allowed to wander outdoors. This is why cat owners should leave the pet’s whiskers alone.

Whiskers are so sensitive they are invaluable tools that help kitty feel its way around. These tactile hairs are also called vibrissae. Cats have whiskers above the eyebrows, on the chin and at the back of the front legs. The most noticeable though are the four horizontal rows of whiskers on each side of the cat’s nose. Whiskers are specialized hairs because they are several times thicker than the cat’s ordinary hair. These stiffer deeply rooted hairs are implanted on nerves and blood vessels-rich pad thereby increasing the whiskers’ sensitivity to a great extent.

What uses do facial whiskers have for a cat? Whiskers are a cat’s communication tool. These specialized hairs are also a cat’s mood indicator. Whiskers also serve as kitty’s very important navigational equipment. A perceptive pet parent would easily know what the cat wants as well as the mood of the cat simply by looking at the whiskers. Whiskers that are relaxed or slightly pushed forward indicate that the cat is happy and contented. This whisker position is also an indication of the pet’s curiosity. Pulled back whiskers are a sign of aggression and defensiveness. Cat owners should be on the lookout for droopy whiskers as this position shows that the pet is sad or that all is not well with the cat’s health. Whiskers that are twitching can be an indication that the cat has smelled a prey.

Whiskers are so sensitive that they are used by the cat as a navigation tool. Whiskers serve as antennas that allow a cat to feel its way around in the dark. This built in radar system is the reason why cats can navigate in the dark without bumping into objects. Of course cats have ultrasensitive scenting abilities but the whiskers allow a cat to unerringly capture a prey. Whiskers are used by these animals to sense the texture and distance of an object in the dark. Cats use the whiskers as a natural measuring tool. A cat running after a prey that has scurried into a hole would first stick the head into the opening. If the whiskers do not touch the sides of the hole, it means that the cat’s body can fit into the opening. Indeed whiskers are used by cats for a variety of reasons.

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