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The thick, bristly bunches of hair shooting off your pet’s snout not only give them character, but they also provide them with important information about their surroundings.

Whiskers serve many important purposes for both cats and dogs. The tactile hairs allow pets to determine if a space is too narrow to fit into or through, help pets balance and their positioning (i.e. forward or flattened) can act as an emotional barometer. Whiskers even help cats, who are naturally farsighted, determine the position of their target once it’s in their grasp.

5 Fun Facts

1. Chameleon Characteristics

Just like humans, our pets go grey with age. The aging process also applies to whiskers. That is why you may see a white whisker on the muzzle of a Black Labrador.

2. Basic Anatomy

Whiskers are like regular body hair in that they can fall out and grow back, but, unlike body hair, they are embedded in follicles filled with blood vessels and nerves.

3. Shun the Shears

Trimming a pet’s whiskers can affect how your pet feels around their face. Whiskers may appear unkempt to some, but they serve an important purpose.

4. Tip to Tail

Whiskers go way beyond just the nose. The fine filament may also appear on a pet’s chin and above their eyes. Cats can even grow them behind their wrists.

5. Practical Protection

Long grass or other potentially pokey objects are detected by whiskers and, thereby, kept from harming your pet’s eyes or nostrils. Whiskers also aid night vision.

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