to the charm & character of their face.
are important parts of a panther’s body. These stems of touch scientifically known as Vibrissae, are specially adapted
hairs, designed to sense any movement or object near to the cats body.
The whiskers can pick up on air currents, the slightest shift of a breeze
These hairs help
the panther feel its way when moving through terrain at night, in tight or dark spaces, allowing them to sense tangible objects
in the surrounding habitat, like a cave wall, branches, leaves, or the body of another animal.
A whisker is very fine at the tip and thick at the base,
the stem of the whisker pokes deep into the tissue; there are many nerve endings below the skin at the root of each individual
hair. These nerves transmit every tactile stimulation and carry the information to the brain, allowing the panther to then
deduce what it is that is being felt.
There are whiskers in different places of the body: eyebrows,
cheeks, chin, & inside the foreleg. Cats can move the cheek or muzzle whiskers into different positions: out to the side,
folded close to the cheek, & forward in an embracing position. They do this so they can detect not only movement around
them, but the twitching of prey they hold in their jaws. Being able to move the whiskers also allows them to enhance their
Whiskers are a vital aid to the panther when taking down prey, they alert the cat to crucial movements of
the animal in their grasp, they could help to prevent injury if the prey resists by thrashing, and guide the cat to make a
well placed lethal bite.