June 2013 Issue

The Many Roles of Whiskers

They help with navigation, collect information on objects and prey and can indicate vulnerability.

The old-fashioned term “the cat’s whiskers” means the height of perfection. It was popular in the ’20s, along with “the cat’s meow.” Debate ensued regarding the origin of the phrases, but people who used them certainly understood the unique capabilities of your cat’s most sensitive hairs.

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