Why does a cat need a mustache?

Vibrissae or cat whiskers are not decoration at all, but a whole system of near orientation and navigation. They are vital for many mammals. their main life takes place in conditions of limited visibility: at night, underground, in troubled waters, etc.

10 Interesting Facts About Cat Whiskers:

  1. A cat's whiskers are not really hair. Many scientists speculate that common hair and whiskers have completely different evolutionary origins, and the ancestors of modern mammals used whiskers as tactile detectors earlier than fur for heat. In kittens, whiskers are formed in the mother's womb, and this happens before the formation of wool. Each mustache has its own separate representation in parts of the brain - as a separate sense organ.
  2. Vibrissae or whiskers are supplied with blood, and branches of the facial nerve also fit to them.
  3. A cat's whiskers are sensitive to the slightest movement of air.
  4. A cat's whiskers are thicker than normal hairs, and it is interesting that completely different muscles are responsible for their movement.
  5. Mustache does not fade.
  6. A cat's whiskers are located not only on the muzzle, but also on the underside of the forepaws, which allows it to very accurately determine the position of the enemy's or victim's body during a battle or hunting and, based on this information, build a movement strategy.
  7. However, whiskers are also involved in the facial expressions of the cat: a curious cat pushes the vibrissae forward, and a frightened cat presses the whiskers.
  8. If a cat's whiskers are cut off, will it die? The answer is no. The mustache will grow back in a few months.
  9. Cats often damage their whiskers by negligence. Often times, a mother cat personally bites off the whiskers of her most active children so that they are less active in exploring the environment.
  10. Interestingly, there are some breeds of "hairless" cats that do not have whiskers at all - and live well without them.