One of the main features of cats' faces are their whiskers. However, these long hairs, also known as vibrisas, they are not found only around their nose.
These are the most accustomed we are to see, since they are the longest, but they have them shorter on the chin, by behind his front legs Y over and to the sides of his eyes. Did you know?
Cat whiskers are thicker than normal and contain nerve receptors very sensitive to movement, pressure and any air flow.
This great sensitivity is very useful to the cat. Do you want to know the reason? Keep reading!
The functions of cat whiskers
The whiskers of our feline friends they are like radars for them. Being so sensitive and capturing air variations so well, They help them detect any nearby object and dodge it. And if it is a prey, it helps them hunt it! Yes, they really are such good hunters because They have help even from their mustaches. In addition, they are especially Useful if they walk in the dark.
During their movement, the vibrisas are directed forward or sideways to analyze your entire environment. The legs also help you get oriented, climb and have better contact with your hunting prizes.
Caring for cat whiskers
Not that the cat's mustache they require great care, but there are certain things that you should keep in mind.
The first and most important: Never cut them! Knowing how important they are to them, you must already understand the reason.
On the other hand, being so sensitive, you must not pull them ... they will suffer greatly!
In the same way, they usually don't like to be caressed, so you better not try. The whiskers of cats they fall alone and they replenish themselves.
At lunchtime, you can make things easier for your cat and make him feel comfortable if his feeder is short and wide, so you don't bump into your mustaches every time you go to feed.
And finally a curiosity: Did you know that you can know your cat's mood by his mustaches? If these are sideways, it is quiet. If they are backwards, against the cheeks, they are angry or about to attack or defend themselves and if they are forward, he is alert.
Have you been surprised by all this information about cat's mustache?
Cats hair fall in summer
Felines have times when they change their hair and coincide with the change of seasons. When the heat comes they lose a lot of it, which also includes their mustaches, so if the vibrisas have fallen on these dates, don't worry.
Hair loss due to stress
The most common cause of the fall of these whiskers is stress and anxiety. Cats are complex animals, they seem lonely, sometimes distant and even arrogant, but those of us who are used to living with them know that, in reality, they are creatures who love tranquility, affection, perseverance and feeling loved. They know that their happiness depends on yours, so they also need you to be happy, or they will have a bad time.
We tell you this because a romantic separation, the arrival of a baby, a move, a period in which you are deeply depressed, a time with so much work that does not allow you to pay attention, neglect your diet or not have your surroundings, playground, Sandbox or clean trough can cause you stress.
Your cat needs a fixed, nutritious, varied and stimulating meal schedule, a few hours a day that he knows he can play with you and others that he has for him. He needs to see you happy and receive extra pampering if there are changes in your life that affect him. If you follow these tips but your mustaches keep falling and you think you're still sad, check with our online veterinarians.
Your cat may drop his whiskers because of an allergy
Your cat needs to live in a very clean and controlled environment, because in addition to being an animal that is very sensitive to the emotions of its surroundings, it is also sensitive to the surrounding allergens. Your hairy can suffer from the cleaning products you use for your home, because of dust mites, fungi, food debris, tobacco smoke ...
Many PetLovers discover that their crawls are allergic to something by seeing that their whiskers suddenly fall off. If this is the cause, you will also see that it scratches a lot, that it cries and runny and even that it vomits and that it has diarrhea.
To find the culprit of these symptoms try to remember which item has entered the house again, have you bought a new detergent? Have you cooked something new, thrown the leftovers in the trash and seen your colleague snooping in the bucket? When you ask us, please let us know. To fight an allergy we recommend that you do not buy unconfirmed pipettes or medicines before it is an allergy and what it is.
Whenever you give a chemist or medicine to your colleague, do so with the advice of a doctor. The symptoms of an allergy can be confused with those of another disease, if you give the wrong medication, you may end up doing more harm than good. Watch out for this.
Parasites can cause hair loss in cats and their whiskers
In addition to common allergies, your cat may be affected by the flea attack. These external parasites will make you scratch, hurt yourself, rub your face and get your vibrisas to end up falling.
In short, unless you are reading this article during the molting season, contact our online veterinarians. Give them the data they need to determine if it is a case of anxiety, stress, parasites, allergies or other diseases. With the proper diagnosis, you can prevent your whiskers from ending up on the floor.
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