The domestic cat (Felis catus) belongs to the last family of the Felidae order. The Felidae order is divided into four genera: F lynx, Loxodonta, Uribe and Sputch. In addition, there is an unconfirmed theory that the cats belong to a unique breed even though it is currently difficult to prove this hypothesis. The modern domestic cat (Felis silvestris) is one of the oldest known species in the genus Felis. It is also one of two oldest known species still alive in its native habitat, with the other species having disappeared hundreds of years ago.
Domestic cats are classified into two main subspecies: the domestic cat and feral. Both of these subspecies share the same habitat, although they differ in their natural conditions. Domestic cats range from island Southeast Asia and Australia to northern USA and Canada. Feral cats are typically found in the southern parts of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Whiskers provide the main senses of smell and taste in cats, but they have evolved independently many times in the wild. Chewing and chasing prey with their mouths is the main natural function of wild cats, while other felines such as domestic cats use their whiskers to detect prey scent and to grab, kill and eat prey. Whiskers are used to maneuver quickly on trees, jump high, and to walk on the ground, though they are not nearly as quick on the slippery surfaces of ponds or rivers. Whiskers are also important for feline mating.
Whiskers in both felines have short hair tufts on each ear and are mostly black in color. They are covered with a thin membrane called the eardrum which protects the membranes from the air currents. The whisker tips are tipped slightly backward to prevent them from being torn off by sharp objects. Whiskers come in different shapes and sizes depending on the size and shape of the cat’s ears. If the ears of a cat look like the ears of a rabbit, this is a sign of a ratter, one that probably has long and floppy whiskers.
Whiskers are highly sensitive to the air currents and often are at a higher risk of being attacked by enemies. Attacks by felines are usually unexpected and occur when the cats least expect it. A cat that jumps on an animal such as a rabbit or hamster most likely has long, floppy whiskers. Domestic cats that play with toys such as balls, ladders, or tennis balls often have long whiskers, making them appear more dangerous to other animals’ predators.
Whiskers in domestic cats show no signs of aging. If you see your cat starting to lose its whiskers, you can be sure that it is ill and should be taken to a vet. There are many health problems that can affect the whiskers in cats. Feral cats may have eye defects or even congenital defects that affect the eyesight. Whiskers in domestic cats can also be affected by mites. Mites, which are tiny blood-sucking parasites, can affect the nerves and the skin on the whisker and may cause it to die.