Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Have you ever wondered why your cat has whiskers? The answer to this question is simple, but it’s also essential for pet owners to know.

Cats have whiskers so they can sense the world around them. They help them navigate, find prey and avoid obstacles. 

The next time you are brushing your cat, take a closer look at their whiskers. What do you notice? You’ll find that they’re not just for show- the whiskers help cats explore their environment and sense whether or not there is something in front of them. In addition to this, whiskers also provide information about an object’s size and shape by measuring air currents moving around it.


A whisker is a hair on the face of some animals, including cats and dogs. It’s used to sense things in their environment. A cat has 12 whiskers on each side of its nose, while dogs have 10. Whiskers are also called vibrissae or tactile hairs. They’re sensitive to air currents and can be moved independently of other facial features like lips or eyes.

Do whiskers on a cat grow?

Yes, the length of a cat’s whiskers is related to its size, so when they gain weight, their whiskers get longer too! 

Can I cut my cat’s whiskers?

If you want your cat to live a happy life with all its senses intact, don’t cut your cat’s whiskers! A cat needs their whiskers to navigate, balance, and avoid obstacles.

Where are the cat’s whiskers?

Cats have whiskers on their head, face and front legs. They use them to navigate by sensing air currents, vibrations and changes in pressure. They also help cats gauge an object’s size before they jump onto it or pounce on prey. And yes, they get longer when your cat gains weight!

Cat whiskers are sensitive, but do you know why?

Cat whiskers are rooted deep into their skin with a supply of nerves and blood to the whiskers. A cat even tells the slightest of breeze through their whiskers. When eating, make sure you give your cat a wide bowl or flat bowl. This will help a cat’s sensitive whiskers.

Have you ever been afraid to touch your cat’s whiskers?

You shouldn’t be. Cats love when you scratch right behind their whiskers. As long as you don’t pull on your cat’s whiskers or break them, there should be no problem with touching them or scratching right behind them.

If your cat is a little more sensitive than others, try rubbing their chin instead of their whiskers for an even better experience! And if they’re not into that either, petting the top of their head will do just fine.

Can cats live without their whiskers?

Cats use their whiskers to gauge and make sense of the environment. In short, whiskers enable cats to find food, avoid obstacles and navigate through tight spaces. Grooming, trimming or cutting off a cat’s whiskers is a big no-no! Without them, they become very disoriented and frightened.


Your cat’s whiskers are essential for safety – don’t cut them! If you’re concerned about your cat’s weight, talk to your veterinarian about how best to help him lose weight safely and healthfully with diet and exercise. You can also try feeding your wet cat food instead of dry food as it has more moisture content which may make a cat feel fuller for longer.

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By Teresa Mine

Teresa has studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition. She loves sharing her knowledge and educating through her articles. She loves binge-watching animal documentaries. Teresa has some pets; she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster.