How Do Cats Use Their Whiskers?

Posted in Cat Videos - On: May 10, 2017 - Author:  Jan Travell
Posted in Cat Videos 
Last Updated: February 24, 2020  
Author:  Jan Travell

A common mistake that many humans make is assuming that cat whiskers are the same as human hair. The whiskers are in fact nothing at all like human hair, they are actually touch receptors. These longer, stiffer hairs, which are also known as vibrissae, are embedded more deeply in the cat’s body than the shorter top-fur coat. This is because they are connected to the nervous systems and that allows them to send information about their surroundings directly to their sensory nerves, which in turn helps them detect and respond accordingly.

Using slow motion, this insightful video shows how the whiskers play their part in helping the cat move into an attack position when hunting their prey. Taken from the fabulous BBC documentary Cats Uncovered.

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About the author

Jan Travell is a lifelong cat owner and a feline expert. She's been the Cats and Kittens lead editor from the start. She lives in rural France with her two rescue cats, Tigerlily and Mr.Gee. Her senior kitty, Ducati, passed over the rainbow bridge recently at the ripe old age of 22.

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