Whiskers

Whiskers are thick long hairs certain animals use to sense the environment using its nerve endings and be able to orient themselves, especially in darkness. It is primarily used by mammals, but certain birds and fish have similar appendages. They are usually located around the nose on the cheeks, but can also be above the eyes and/or on the back of the legs. Unlike normal hair, whiskers are thicker, longer, and contain a lot more nerve endings. They should never be cut or pulled as they are much more sensitive, their roots are much deeper, it can hurt the animal and cause it to become disoriented and bad at navigating until they grow back.

Primarily known to be used by: cats, mice, opossums.


Photos of whiskers on a: Red panda, Kiwi bird


Cat, Rabbit