Trimming Cat's Whiskers? - Sawmill Creek Woodworking Community
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Cat whiskers, unlike human hair, are touch receptors. These stiffer, longer hairs, which are also called vibrissae, are embedded deeper in the cat's body, unlike the body hair. The vibrissae are connected to the cat's sensitive muscular and nervous systems. This helps the cat respond to charges in its surroundings, giving it a heightened sense of feeling. Trimming or cutting whiskers can cause a cat to become disoriented and frightened. However, if the whiskers are cut accidentally, they grow back within a span of a few months.
Another common mistake is presuming that cat whiskers should be trimmed. Some cats, like the Devon Rex, even have curly facial whiskers, so you might think that it wouldn’t be harmful to straighten them out with a little trim. You’d be wrong!
About trimming the whiskers: That will reduce cats’ sense of spatial awareness. “It makes them disoriented. It’s harder for them to assess where their surroundings are,” Dr. Richards says, noting that whiskers help cats safely leap large distances onto narrow landing areas.If you have been thinking of doing this, it is time to stop. Having highlighted some of the functions attributed to a cat’s whiskers, trimming them will amount to a degree of cruelty. A cat with cut whiskers will have no means of knowing what is in its environment; this will leave the cat at risk of many dangers it might have avoided if it had its whiskers. Also, since you will not be able to judge your pet’s mood anymore, your relationship might not be what you would want it to be.This paper reports five cases of whisker trimming in cats. This extraordinary behaviour was observed in an Abyssinian, a Burmese, a Siam, a Persian-Siam mongrel, and one Domestic short hair queen. Besides the unusual distribution of breeds, it is remarkable that all cases occurred in cats raising their first litter. In two of the five cases, difficulties during birth were reported and in one case the help of a veterinarian was required. Litter size ranged from two to four animals. The trimming of the kitten's whiskers by the queen began at different ages, but lasted until the kittens were weaned. The length of the remaining whiskers was approximately 0.5 cm. The rest of the kitten's coat was unaffected. In two of the five cases the queen was also known to chew the kittens' claws.Gary, et al. Actually dogs are not dogs, they ceased to be so thousands of years ago when humans domesticated them. Modern dogs, left to themselves would eventually die out do to the genetic damage that has evolved in them through that process of domestication. Modern dogs don’t rely on whiskers the way their wild Cousins do and as a result they do not suffer for the loss. A lot of modern dog breads need constant grooming as their hair mats quickly which can cause other skin irritations. Trimming the whiskers makes the hair cut look more finished and is a lot easier for the groomer.