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Your Cat’s Whiskers

Your cat’s whiskers are thick, specialized hairs that are connected to sensitive nerves. They provide her with extra sensory abilities. These whiskers grow to roughly the width of your cat so she can use them to determine whether she’ll fit into small spaces. If your cat’s head and whiskers fit into the opening, her body will most likely fit too. The whiskers help your cat determine distance and height so she can make leaps from surface to surface with accuracy and without fear. The whiskers pick up even the slightest vibrations so your cat can determine the exact location of prey, whether it is a mouse or your foot, even in the dark. Never trim your cat’s whiskers or she may become confused and disoriented. Old, worn whiskers will fall out and will be replaced by new ones as needed. For more information, contact your Pleasanton, CA veterinarian.

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