Should you cut your cat's beard?


Cats, although this creature is now retired to become a human pets, in fact, their bones of that mysterious sense still exist. Not to mention their inscrutable character, their special body structure has been able to make people say well.

Cats are cute on their delicate little face, but I don't know if you know anything about cat whiskers. When I was a child, I heard that the cat's whiskers can not just be cut, as for the reason it has never been clear to me, in short, is the gods of their brain to make up some, until long after the university to understand.

So, why can't cats' whiskers be cut? And sometimes even if we don't cut it, it will lose its whiskers what is the situation, is it a natural physiological process?

No exaggeration, whiskers are comparable to signal receivers
You say, cats such as in ancient times were given a mythical creature, which body has what extra structure, each part of the evolution is just right.

Just like the whiskers, do you think this is the mouth to grow a few white hairs so simple? And not what fancy decorations, not exaggerated descriptions, each of these beards are not for nothing. Perhaps our human body hair in addition to affecting the aesthetic is optional, the cat's whiskers that is comparable to the signal receiver so important.

Generally speaking, cats have an average of 12 whiskers on both sides, why do you say that each whisker has its soul? Because the cat's whiskers are connected to the nervous system, and the roots of the whiskers are deep in the skin of the cat's face.

Since it is connected to the nervous system, the role of a cat's whiskers can be very uncomplicated.

24-hour constant navigation

Cats' whiskers are very sensitive and can sense changes in airflow in their surroundings so with their superb night vision eyes, cats can be agile even at night, or at least they will not appear to hit the wall with such stupid behavior. Such fine navigation is priceless, only cats can carry the whole body 24 hours a day without worrying about disconnection.

Protection of vision is a priority

In addition to the whiskers around the mouth, cats also have whiskers on their eyes, where the whiskers also have the function of protecting the eyes. By the same token, the whiskers on the eyes are also a powerful signal receiver. When the cat is hunting, if there is any wind blowing that is about to touch the eyes, the whiskers here can first immediately make a reflex action, and the cat will blink to achieve the purpose of eye protection.

Precise measuring tape

I'll tell you a little secret, the width of the cat's whiskers is the same as the width of the body, that is, the fatter the cat the wider the whiskers, the orange cat next door threw you a white eye.

It is because of this subtle relationship between whiskers and body size, that when a cat sometimes wants to get into a place, it will first stick its face in to measure the distance, and the key to determining whether this distance can be safely and smoothly passed is the whiskers.

Hunting gadgets

In addition to whiskers around the mouth and eyes, cats also have whiskers under their wrists. Don't look at the whiskers under the wrist is not very conspicuous, but in fact, this is a vital tool for cat hunting.

When cats ambush prey, the wrist whiskers can help them more accurately determine the location of the prey, so they can hit the spot. Once the paw has caught the prey, the wrist whiskers can also be used to determine if the prey will move again by subtle perception.

Emotional cues

It is not often that some pooper scoopers complain that they can't understand the mood of their cats, and that a cat that is calm one second may reach out to you with sharp paws the next.

As I said before, you can determine the mood of the cat through some body language, so if you are still nervous about not mastering this method, add one more, look at the face is right.

A cat's whiskers also reveal its emotions. When the cat is afraid, the whiskers will appear to the back of the face tightly. When the cat is about to attack, the whiskers will be fully released and spread outward. But if it is hanging naturally on both sides of the face, then it represents its mood is still good, or at least calm, maybe this time can go up and the cat owner to cultivate feelings it.

To sum up the above points, you should know now how important whiskers are for cats, right? But even if you don't know these reasons, it's still inexplicable enough to cut someone's beard for no reason.

Should you cut your cat's beard?

"It was the beard that moved first on its own."
But if you really want to touch your cat's whiskers, there is a chance, because cats have a tendency to lose their whiskers too.

Age Factor

Both kittens and older cats can experience whisker loss due to their age. Kittens lose their whiskers because of their metabolism, which is a normal process of replacing old and new whiskers, and at this time the pooper scooper does not need to worry too much, as long as the normal nutritional needs of the cat are met, the lost whiskers will grow out soon.

Older cats have a slow metabolism, just like humans, due to the lack of protein, they need to face the loss of hair, and the whiskers of older cats will also become fragile and easy to break off. But what is even more helpless is that such a situation can not be changed by what the pooper scooper does, so you can only leave everything to time and cherish every second you spend with your cat.

Signs of disease
In addition to the natural physiological causes of whisker loss, this is also a sign of certain diseases. For example, if a cat is infected with some skin disease or metabolic disease, it may lose its whiskers due to the invasion of bacteria and fungus.
It is best to take the cat to the hospital for a detailed checkup because cats are very tolerant creatures and many diseases do not show up easily.

If the cat is not in a special age and the loss of whiskers is not caused by a physical disease, then consider whether the cat is malnourished. Deficiencies in vitamins and trace elements, endocrine disorders and other conditions may cause the cat's whiskers to break and fall off easily.

It turns out that the cat's whiskers are a sensory organ, which has nerves at the roots and is very sensitive.
Once the whiskers touch something, it will quickly send a signal to the brain, allowing the body to change direction. This ability allows the cat to detect its surroundings in the dark and find obstacles or danger, it can immediately dodge. This is one of the reasons why cats move freely in the dark at night: whiskers can sense.

If your cat often touches things, think about whether you have inadvertently cut off its whiskers?

In addition to sensing the surrounding area, a cat's whiskers can also measure width.
Generally speaking, the length of a cat's whiskers is roughly the same as the width of its body, so as long as the whiskers can pass through the place, the cat's body can basically pass unimpeded. For example: when catching mice to determine if it can pass through the mouse hole.

Not only that, the cat's whiskers can also express emotions.
If the whiskers are relaxed to the sides, the cat is in a good mood; if the whiskers are close to the cheeks, the cat is showing weakness, saying "I know I'm wrong" and "I don't dare"; if the whiskers explode outward, the cat is declaring war on you! Do not mess with it again!

One last thing, you may not believe.

A cat's whiskers are its dignity!
If a cat has played with other cats and kittens, and you cut off its whiskers, it will feel inferior and feel ashamed to see the cat... No kidding! No kidding!
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