Those Lovely Whiskers

A cat’s whiskers are adorable and functional! They are a very interesting part of the feline body. Here are 8 facts about a cat’s whiskers that you may not have known!

  1. A cat has 12 whiskers on either side of their nose.
  2. Whiskers are not just typical hairs. They are connected to the cat’s nervous system and can detect things as subtle as changes in the direction of the wind.
  3. Some breeds of cat have curly whiskers.
  4. Cats have whiskers in places other than just the sides of their nose. They can also be found on a cat’s chin, above their eyes, and on the back of their front legs.
  5. A cat’s whiskers can “go gray” as the cat ages. Whiskers that were once black will begin to appear more white.
  6. Cat’s use their whiskers in emotional expression. For example, when a cat’s whiskers are reaching forward, the cat is curious (and potentially excited) about something in front of them.
  7. A cat’s whiskers are as long as the cat is wide. They use their whiskers to help determine whether or not they have fit into a small space.
  8. The whiskers on the back of a cat’s front legs are used when a cat is holding their prey. They can easily feel the size and movement of the prey animal!

Title Photo: Alan Turkus via Flickr

A Quick Blogging Update

My cats had a wonderful time at the BlogPaws 2017 Conference! Our blog post about the conference got delayed a little bit, but it will be published this Thursday (June 1, 2017). There will be a ton of photos of Manna and Dexter and there will be info about what I learned while I was in Myrtle Beach.

The second part of our Animal Hoarding series is coming up too. It was originally scheduled for May 22nd, but it will be published Thursday, June 8, 2017. I apologize for all of the delays!

Want to Compete?

I finished the word search in 1 minutes and 36 seconds. Can you do it faster? ProProfs (the service I use for the word searches) says that they will be fixing the scoring very soon. Currently, you are receiving points per word that you find rather than by how quickly you find them. That is why everyone always gets the same score.

Instructions for the Interactive Word Search

(Click here if you can’t see the word search below)

  • Words from the word list on the right are hidden within the puzzle. The words may be spelled forward, backward, or on a diagonal.
  • Click on the first letter of the word, drag the cursor across the word and click on the last letter of the word.
  • The puzzle is finished once you have found all of the words.

 Did I miss any facts about cat whiskers?