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Cats have a number of physiological attributes which provide them stunning athletic abilities, Whiskers are a distinctive feature of kitties. There are a number of reasons why cats have whiskers.
The whisker of a cat and a human is not the same. It is a touch receptor and not similar to human hair. The whiskers are stiffer and longer. They are known as vibrissae and embedded quite deep into the body of the cat compared to mustaches in humans. The vibrissae go deeper into the body than the top fur coat of the kitty. These vibrissae re-linked securely to sensitive nervous and muscular systems. These allow the transmission of information about surroundings to the sensory nerves of the cat in a direct way. The result is a much better feeling of “sense”. It also assists the feline to detect and also respond to a number of changes happening in the surroundings. This is similar to cat radar.
The tactile hair of the cat is prominent on both sides of the upper facial lip and both sides of its nose. It is also possible to observe shorter whiskers above both the eyes. Kitties also have whiskers on the jawline. It is found on the back of the front legs.
Whatever you do, do not trim the whiskers of your cat. Do not straighten them if your cat has curly whiskers. Snipping off whiskers should not be a part of the grooming strategy. If you cut them off, your cat will be disoriented and frightened. This is as whiskers help the cat to measure and also make sense of environment. Yes, whiskers do grow if you trim them. Cats, however, prefer their whiskers to remain the same. In short, whiskers in cats are similar to our fingers, They use them to get their way around in the dark. These receptors warn the cats about potentially dangerous situations. In one sentence, do not touch the cat whiskers.
Superb sensory organ
The whiskers of any car possess a sensory organ in the end. It is termed a proprioreceptor. The job of this particular organ is to send tactile signals to the nervous system and brain. The proprioreceptor has a relation to the limbs and body position. This is important as it helps the kitty to make the decision on where to put its legs or any other body part next. The organ is extremely sensitive and makes the cat aware of minuscule changes in the environment of the cat. The whiskers will help it to understand whether it could fit into a tight space. They can also respond to vibrations made in the air, like when the cat began to chase its prey. The cat uses its whiskers to visually measure the distance.