Wordless Wednesday – Mister Whiskers

Legend - Mister Whiskers

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Fun Facts About Cat Whiskers

Did you know that a cat’s whiskers do more than add to their beauty? That’s right – a cat’s whiskers are part of their built-in navigation system that help them to sense the subtlest changes in their environment!

Here are a few fun facts about cat whiskers you might enjoy:

  • Cat whiskers are located in several places on a cat’s body, including the “whisker pad” of their cheeks, the corner of their mouths, the outer corner of their nose, their chin, their eyebrows – and even the back of their front legs!
  • Cat whiskers are so sensitive, they can detect the slightest air movement and even odors! Cats use their whiskers to determine where items in their environment are located and to assess whether they can squeeze through openings. You should never cut a cat’s whiskers as this can cause them much disorientation and distress.
  • Every cat’s whisker pattern is unique – just like human finger prints!
  • You can often gauge a cat’s mood by watching his whiskers. An angry or defensive cat will pull his whiskers back. A happy, curious, or content cat will relax his whiskers and push them forward.
  • Members of one cat breed – the Sphinx – have few if any whiskers!
  • To “be the cat’s whiskers” is a British idiom that means “to be better than everyone else”.

Hope you enjoyed these facts – and hope you enjoyed today’s photo of our beautiful model, Mister Whiskers – better known as Legend to you!

Wordless Wednesday – Week of August 21, 2013

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  1. And here are thought they were just like facial hair 🙂 Thanks for the insight on whiskers 🙂

  2. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    There’s no doubt about it Legend IS a legend heheh!

    Have a legendtastic week

  3. Mystery Case
    Twitter: msmysterycase

    Arriving to the party early this week, only just 9pm Tuesday here. Have an action packed day tomorrow getting organised before hubby heads out to sea and slightly concerned how I will manage without him with so much on. Not just for myself but my three girls.

    Hoping you are well.

  4. I had no idea they expressed emotion through their whiskers! So cool! Now I am going to stare at my cat and see how she is feeling 🙂

    Happy WW!

  5. Karly says:

    I love cat whiskers. I already knew that they used them to determine if they can squeeze through things, but I never really thought about how it would affect them if they were cut! Not that I’ve cut them, but I’ve come across cats that have appeared to have theirs cut. Poor cats!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Oh, that’s terrible! Fortunately I’ve never seen a cat with their whiskers cut.
      I wonder how they are affected when they naturally lose one of their whiskers though!

  6. Diana @ Toronto Teacher Mom
    Twitter: teac

    That looks like one determined little cat.

  7. Heidi says:

    Thanks so much for hosting again! I actually got some awesome cat and baby photos last night so this week I AM PREPARED!!!

    If you get a chance to stop by my blog, please consider entering my give away for a copy of my self-published novel.


  8. Renae of Simple Sequins
    Twitter: simplesequins

    Such a serious expression.

  9. Jay @craftyspices
    Twitter: CraftySpices

    Very interesting things about Whiskers that I had no idea about.
    Mister Whiskers photo is lovely as always.
    Happy rest of the week.

  10. FABBY says:

    Cute kitty! Thank you for the great party! Have a lovely week.

  11. Heather McD
    Twitter: heathermcdougle

    Adorable cat! He looks so cuddly!

  12. I think they can detect ghosts too….

  13. Judy Haughton-James
    Twitter: james_judy

    Look at those whiskers! Lovely Legend. Thanks for the facts about whiskers. Very interesting. Thanks for hosting.

  14. beyondthewhiskers
    Twitter: beyondwhiskers

    Nifty whisker facts! Any idea if cats shed whiskers like they do fur? I ask because sometime I find a lone whisker sitting in one of my girls favorite hang outs.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Great question! 🙂

      Yes, it is normal for cats to occasionally shed a whisker – and for that whisker to grow back (it usually takes a few months).
      Finding a lone whisker is perfectly normal.
      However, if your cat ever seems to be losing an abnormal number of whiskers – and they don’t seem to be growing back – you should take your cat to the vet in case there is a problem.

  15. Alissa Apel
    Twitter: AlissaApel

    I learned a lot about whiskers today. Thanks for the info.

  16. Chris says:

    Most adorable kitty ever.
    Love your little sweetie.

    We have a turtle, and I’ll tell ya, that little reptile has such personality!! She is really something!

    Thank you for hosting!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      How cool! As a child, each summer, big box turtles used to visit us and I’d keep them as pets for a few weeks.
      They are really interesting creatures!

  17. Awesome photo & fascinating post! Thanks for hosting & God bless!

  18. Kitties Blue says:

    Legend has some of the longest and most magnificent whiskers we or Mom have ever seen. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  19. Yvonne says:

    I love this! Thanks for posting!

  20. Ai Sakura
    Twitter: Aisakuraharuka

    wonderful trivia on the whiskers! I enjoy learning more about your cats 🙂

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka
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  21. Mary Denman says:

    Very interesting! I’ll have to compare our four cat’s whiskers!

    Thanks for hosting!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I think a lot of cats may be undergoing extra scrutiny this week as a result of this post!
      (An unforeseen consequence for sure!)

      Happy WW to you Mary!

  22. DinoMama says:

    I didn’t know cats has whiskers all over their body!

  23. What fantastic facts! Thank you for sharing and hosting this linky party. Happy to join in this week. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

  24. June says:

    Wow, Ramona, he is impressive! Thanks for sharing those fun facts about whiskers!

  25. Star Traci
    Twitter: TracisStar

    I love your cat facts. I knew that whiskers kept them from getting stuck but I still learned a lot!
    Happy WW and thanks for hosting!

  26. Melanie
    Twitter: violetsbuds

    I had no idea cats had whiskers all over! You learn something new everyday. Have a great rest of your week!

  27. Heather L says:

    What an awesome photo — and just look at those eyes! I’m featuring a slightly *bigger* cat for WW this week.

  28. Rosey says:

    Most excellent whisker facts!

  29. Lisa says:

    Love the kitty facts! Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  30. Very informative – thank you!


  31. David says:

    What cool facts, I had no idea! Thanks for sharing and happy WW!

  32. Sparkle
    Twitter: sparklecat

    Wow, Legend! Those are some whiskers!!

  33. Holly @ Woman Tribune
    Twitter: WomanTribune

    I knew about cat whiskers being part of their navigation system, but did not know that their whisker patterns are unique, like a human’s fingerprints. That is so cool, and beautiful picture!

  34. Herding Cats says:

    Wow, those are some impressive whiskers!

  35. I love that photo – it looks so much like my Zee when he was younger!! xoxo

  36. Those are some incredible whiskers. Why does my mommy feel tempted to braid them? I bet that wouldn’t work out very well. 🙂

  37. LuAnn Braley
    Twitter: KentuckyGal

    I made my husband go out and take pictures of the baby tomatoes I discovered while in the garden this morning, because I knew it was Wednesday and wanted to have something to share. :O)

  38. I knew a little bit about whiskers because I used to foster kittens but I didn’t know that much!

  39. Dash Kitten
    Twitter: DashKitten

    * preens whiskers * We cats have the most advanced ‘space age’ receptors ever!

  40. Laurie @ Fetch Me My Fainting Couch says:

    Wow, I didn’t know all of those facts!

  41. interesting idiom! I’m going to use that!
    No, I didn’t know each cat’s whisker pattern is different.

  42. Michelle @ The True Book Addict
    Twitter: truebookaddict

    I knew some of these facts, but I didn’t know they had them all over their bodies. Interesting! Yeah, I learned the hard way when I was a little girl about cats’ whiskers. I cut our cat’s whiskers off and got in BIG trouble. Of course, they explained why and I was very upset that I caused our poor kitty distress. 🙁

    You’re the cat’s whiskers for sharing such useful information each week. 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Oh no – your poor kitty!

      I was at a cat show this weekend and I saw a kitten with jagged whiskers. Her owner said that the other kittens in the litter had been biting off her whiskers. All I could think about was this article I had just written and how terrible this poor kitten must be feeling!

      I sure hope that kitten finds a good home – and soon!

  43. Donna DM Yates says:

    What fun facts. I never knew about these. I did hear not to cut a cat’s whiskers.


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