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What does a cat need whiskers for?

The brain adds up the signals from the two systems and uses the data to create a three-dimensional picture of the world around us. In low light, when the pupil is fully dilated to let in as much light as possible, it is very difficult for the eye to focus on close objects. in this situation, the whiskers help the cat to make sense of its surroundings.
If you touch a cat’s whiskers, it will immediately open its eyes – a reflex that helps to protect the eyes from being hit by a branch or blade of grass. This protection is vital for the hunter, who is on the prowl, never taking his eyes off his quarry, as he has to negotiate all sorts of obstacles, such as fences, bushes or crawling into narrow caves.

To familiarise itself with new objects, the cat approaches them with its whiskers straight out. With her whiskers spread wide, she determines the size of the hole she is about to pass through – the tips of the outstretched whiskers are assumed to correspond to the width of the cat’s body, allowing theand for her to get her bearings, or her whole body will follow her head.

By moving her moustache, your sweetheart determines the wind speed and direction so that she can adjust her body position and drag in response to the information she receives.

When a cat is hunting, its whiskers are outstretched, because it uses them to detect any sniffing. And when it holds its prey in its teeth and cannot see it, it uses its whiskers to control the behaviour of its prey, which is out of sight at the time.

The vibrissae are all over the body.

If you look at a cat’s coat, you will see individual hairs sticking out of the smooth surface. These hairs are finer and do not have the perfect sensitivity of whiskers, but they also help the cat to identify where and how it is being touched. This makes it easy for the cat to identify contacts that are dangerous or, conversely, pleasant. There is a reason why your pet likes to have its fur stroked – after all, your hand is actually gliding over the vibrissae – and dislikes being stroked against its fur – such stroking brings discomfort caused by electrostatic discharges.

Vibrissae are the cat’s navigation system. Damage to them will lead to an inability to navigate accurately and the animal will keep running into obstacles. For example, a cat may poke its eye out trying to get through the undergrowth because it will not be able to close its eyes in time if it does not receive signals from the vibrissae in its eyebrows. It may get stuck in a narrow window because it will not be able to determine its size correctly. If the vibrissae are severely damaged, it is recommended not to take any risks and to keep the animal at home for several months until they have healed.

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