The length of a cats whiskers?

Is it true that a cats whiskers grow only to a certain length? The width of the cats body so they can sense if they can fit through openings.

5 Answers

  • 9 years ago
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    NOT TRUE ---------- my female cat has a body width of less than 2" ; the measured length of her whiskers is over 8" and she can squeeze through an opening of less than 2" if she is motivated enough by her prey.

    She may use her whiskers to help determine the size of an opening but it DOES NOT stop her from going through anyway.

    BTW - she has never been stuck in a tight spot regardless.

    And don't even try to convince me that the cats in these videos have whiskers this short; OBSERVE ! !

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  • 9 years ago

    That is very correct! The Length of a cats whiskers is determined by the size of the Cat! I cut my cats whiskers off before [I was very young] So my Mum went Mental and explained what they do!! It allows cats to judge gaps they walk into to stop them getting stuck!

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes, they only grow to a certain length and then fall out. Cat owners are used to finding the occasional long tapered hair lying around. The hairs probably help them find their way in the dark but aren't used to measure an opening. Cats will squeeze through wherever they want to if they have a reason. They also have long eyebrow hairs.

  • 9 years ago

    Yes, that is 100% they will only grow that long unless the area were the whisker grows out of is somehow damages.

    Ex it gets burned or pulled out.

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    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    i've heard that before

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