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West Coast Edition—From A Cat’s Perspecitve™


And thank you Cathy Keisha for passing today’s broadcast of “From A Cat’s Perspective™” over to me.

West Coast edition, channel KAT—From A Cat's Perspective™

West Coast edition, channel KAT—From A Cat’s Perspective™

I am back again with my co-anchor, Cathy Keisha, asking a serious question. I certainly am not going to hold back my opinion and I hope you will leave us a comment to let us know your feline perspective on this important topic.

“From A Cat’s Perspective™”, Channel KAT, is asking our viewers this question—“Should A Cat’s Whiskers Be Cut?”

I can give you seven reasons why no human in their right mind ought to ever, never consider doing such a thing.

Let me start with the least harmful and end with the most important reason of all.

Seven—Our whiskers communicate our feelings and moods. Mom L knows that if my whiskers are whipped forward then I am ready for play hunting!

Let's hunt!!

Let’s hunt!!

Six—My chill’axed whisker position is always that droopy whisker look. Then humans know I am just hang’in out.

I am chill'axin—please do notice my whisker placed just below my ear, that's my Ear Whisker

Chill’axin—please notice my Ear Whisker just below my ear

Five—I must have missed a lot of my jumps before coming to live in my forever castle. You see, we cats depend on our whiskers to know just how far and how high we must leap to get to our desired target. Hmmmm—wonder if some human, or human child, cut off my whiskers and I fell when jumpin’? You know I never ever like to get very high off the ground, right? Just a thought—

Four—No whiskers, no sense of touch. Yup, without my whiskers, how would I ever be able to follow Mom L to the human litter box at night, wait for her, then follow her back and MEOW out loud to make sure she gets me a few kibbles for my midnight, or two AM, or four AM snack?

Three—Everyone knows we use our whiskers to learn if we can fit into a tight space or not—right? But, did you know that our whiskers respond to vibration in the air and help us when we are chasing that “ever illusive” wand toy?  That means without whiskers, I would not be able to hunt successfully. And even more important are our whiskers just behind our upper pad on both our front legs. The Kid Sage and I depend on these whiskers a lot. (you must click on photos to view the detail—apologies for poor camera work on Mom L’s behalf)

Two—my whiskers have a sensory organ, at the end of each and every whisker (called a proprioceptor) which is my online telepathic communicator sending text messages to my brain and nervous system. My whiskers are so sensitive, they give me a ton of data about any teeny change in my environment. That’s why I can tell in an instant that Mom L is about to pick me up to whack off my cherished sharp claws.

One—most of you know that our whiskers are officially called “vibrissae”. Big word meaning—my whiskers are embedded into my body’s sensitive muscular and nervous systems. If you pull, cut off my whiskers, you have hurt me in so many ways I cannot count. Use the brush or Furminator to help me keep my furs groomed and glistening. Please do not ever try to pull out my whiskers, even if they appear to a human to be on a strange part of my body.

Above all, please teach your human kittens to never, ever, cut, pull or tug on cats’ whiskers. They are an essential part of our ability to live our nine lives. And you must know that blind cats depend about 90% on their whiskers to move around and lead active, healthy lives when they are with humans.

Well, glad we had this little chat, and hope to hear any of your experiences with a time in your life where you thought you had “lost your whiskers”.

And now I say “Good Day” to my co-anchor Cathy Keisha and ask that you visit her to find out what her experience and opinions are about his important topic. And don’t forget that this conversation will continue on over at my Face Book page.

Paw Pats, Savannah



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