But you can also do much more interesting studies, when you have a pack of cats (as I do). Today, for example, I thought it might be fun to see how the whiskers on my cats stack up. So I took a series of selfie-like photos (so I could share them on the blog hop from The Cat On My Head), and I came up with some interesting observations.
I started with Maggie (up top), as I always thought she had long and lovely whiskers. Check out the length on those suckers! They go right out to the sides of her head in almost perfect symmetry. That's something outdoor cat Jasper (down below) can't match.
Jasper spends a lot of his time rolling around in the dirt, squeezing between fence posts and otherwise pushing his body to its limits. He may be 16, but he has a lot of work to do every day. And his whiskers seem to take a beating. Many of his are broken or torn. And they seem to point dwon, rather than out.
Guess who else has whiskers that point down? Yup: Popoki.
The facial alterations that come with the exotic shorthair breed result in some very weird whisker positions. Popoki's start lower on her face than either Jasper or Maggie. While her whiskers are very long, they don't seem optimized for eye protection. She probably can't use her whiskers to estimate the width of small spaces, as Jasper and Maggie can. Her whiskers don't point the right way.
And, check out how few upper eyelid whiskers she has. Her uppers are almost gone. Compare those to Lucy, who really has something spectacular going on.
Check out her very long eye whiskers. She also has a lot of ear tip tufting going on, and her inner ear hair continues to grow to spectacular lengths. This is a LOT of hair. And all of that information probably helps her navigate the world, even though she can't see.
One more face to share with you on this hop. And no, this guy doesn't belong to me. He's a cat that is resting in the shelter in Salem, Oregon, where I volunteer. His name is Meowfasa, and he came to us from a hoarding situation. He never got socialized as a kitten, so he really has poor kennel presentation. He sits very, very still like this, even when people pet him. You can read more about him on the blog I write for Willamette Humane Society. But I'd love to see you share his story, too. He needs a home, and he's not doing a great job with his salesmanship.
And he barely has any whiskers!
This guy had to fight with other cats for food. It's likely that his whisker growth was stunted due to malnutrition. I'm hoping they'll grow back as he heals.
Thanks, as always, to our hosts for his hop!
Who do you think had the best whiskers? Leave me a note and let me know. And as always, do visit the other blogs in this hop! You'll be glad you did.