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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-24-2009, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Paw whiskers?

I just noticed one of my cats has long whisker like hairs that come out of her legs, about where her heels would be if she had them, about 2 or 3 inches above her toe pads. As anyone else noticed this on their cat?

She's a long haired cat but most of her fur has the texture of bunny fur. She only has sparse wispy guard hairs.

Iím just curious.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-24-2009, 04:56 PM
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Re: Paw whiskers?

Most of our cats have whiskers at the backs of their front legs, I just assumed it was another option for sensory input to help the kitties navigate and feel things.



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Re: Paw whiskers?

Yup, its the front legs. I meant to mention that.
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Re: Paw whiskers?

I never even noticed that before.

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Re: Paw whiskers?

Arianwen has those, too, a little above her "thumb" paw pads. Neat!
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Re: Paw whiskers?

I just read about those today in a cat book - they're called carpal vibrissae. They help the cat know exactly how it's prey is positioned after they catch it and whether the catch is still moving / alive so the cat knows how to position the killing bite. I guess not every cat has them, my girls included.

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Re: Paw whiskers?

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I just read about those today in a cat book - they're called carpal vibrissae. They help the cat know exactly how it's prey is positioned after they catch it and whether the catch is still moving / alive so the cat knows how to position the killing bite. I guess not every cat has them, my girls included.
That makes sense. I have heard cats can not see very well close up, something which is obvious if I throw toy too close to my cats.
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