Saturday, November 19, 2011


I had my big black boy-cat on my lap the other day and I was admiring his whiskers.  They seem to be very, very long to me. 

But then I was thinking as I was uploading this photo . . a cat has whiskers for a reason - to warn him when he's getting too close to something or heading into a hole that's too small for him.  They are, in essence, curb feelers.  Now Blackwell has become a very big cat, though as I was trying to weigh him the other day he seemed to be only 17 pounds, which isn't really all that big, I guess.  But if he's pretty wide, he probably needs extra long curb feelers.  I wonder if whisker length varies from cat to cat to accomodate their different sizes.

I didn't come to a real conclusion on that.  But I think my theory may be correct.  The whiskers have to be sort of like what people are saying is wrong with our economy - too big to fail.


Stephen Hayes said...

I think this kitty has someone wrapped around their fing...paws. I once had a lovely cat for eleven years. I still miss her.

Lowandslow said...

I've heard the same story about a cat's whiskers being as wide as their body so they can tell if they're in too tight a spot to get through. Makes sense to me. ;)


Lowandslow said...

Oh...and the Too Big To Fail video is spot on! Love it!!! ;)


Tom Cochrun said...

Love the tune-thanks for that.
Your Friday night ruminations were great as well. I can relate. On friday nights after the late news we adjourned to the Aristocrat or Broad Ripple Brew pub for drinks and cigars. Then we'd move on. Many Saturday mornings began to call down in an after hour place called the Casbah. Oh those were the days..
"we were so much older then, we're younger than that now!" thank you Bob.

Thérèse said...

Clever cat (s)!