How Cats of All Sizes Rely on Their Whiskers to Assist Them View, Stalk and Catch Their Prey

Cats Whiskers

In a fascinating clip from the BBC Earth special Cats Uncovered, the way cats use their whiskers is examined through an experiment with a very playful cat who was more than willing to demonstrate his skills with a fishing rod toy. What the researchers found was that cats rely on their whiskers to assist them view, stalk and catch their prey, particularly since cats are unable to focus on items that are less than a foot from their face.

How do cats use their whiskers to catch their prey? Using slow motion you can see the whiskers move into an attack position…

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.