Fun Facts About Fluffy’s Whiskers

Cats have many adorable features. However, we think Fluffy’s whiskers are one of their cutest traits. As it turns out, Fluffy’s whiskers aren’t just cute: they’re also functional. A Leesburg, VA vet offers discusses kitty whiskers below.

Whisker Purrposes

Fluffy’s whiskers help her keep her balance. This is pretty important when she is walking along a branch or fence, or even the back of a couch. They also act like little antennae, giving kitties valuable information about things like wind direction. Plus, they help cats find their way around in the dark.

One Size Fits Most

Kitties’ whiskers are generally about the same width as their bodies. This helps our feline pals judge whether or not they can fit into small spaces. (Of course, this doesn’t necessarily work very well with chubby cats.)

Pawsitively Adorable

Did you know that kitties also have whiskers on their paws? These help Fluffy balance, and they also can help her pick up vibrations from the ground.

No Care Needed

In case you were wondering, you don’t need to do anything for Fluffy’s whiskers. In fact, you should just leave them alone. Never trim or pluck a cat’s whiskers. This might make your furry friend a bit dizzy. That would make it harder for her to calculate jumps and landings, which could in turn lead to injuries.

Fashion-Forward Feline

While many kitties have white whiskers, this is by no means a universal look. Some cats, such as the Bombay, have black whiskers. The color of Fluffy’s whiskers may change as she ages.

Kitty Mood Ring

Our feline buddies can be quite moody, to say the least. They can be purring and cuddly one moment, just to bite or scratch you the next. Watching Fluffy’s whiskers can help you gauge what sort of mood she is in. If your furball is in ‘predator’ mode, they may be pointing forward. If she’s feeling sleepy and relaxed, they may droop a bit. If she feels scared, she may flatten her whiskers.

Whisker Loss

You may notice that Fluffy occasionally loses whiskers. This is fairly common. However, extreme whisker loss can be a sign of a medical issue. While this wouldn’t necessarily warrant a trip to a 24/7 emergency clinic, we do recommend giving your vet a call.

Please reach out to us, your local Leesburg, VA animal clinic, anytime. We’re here to help!

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