A cat’s whiskers are an essential sensory mechanism. Damage a cat’s whiskers and it will cause them not only discomfort, but also to become confused and disorientated, among other negative side effects.
Whiskers are nothing more than a bit of thick/long hair. The real importance of whiskers lies in the fact that they are deeply rooted in follicles which are surrounded by a muscle tissue that is rich in nerves and sensory cells. These cells in the roots are then connected to a very special area of the cat’s brain.
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