Thursday, July 07, 2016

Whiskers

We interrupt our usual Garden Tour this week in favor of whiskers.  And because one dear Bein friend thinks pictures of loose whiskers are yucky, we give warning first.

MANY PICTURES OF WHISKRS FOLLOW!

OK, that's out of the way.  Now first, here is a picture of a 25 year old whisker.  Not ours of course.  Mebbe Skeeter or LCs.  Mebbe Tinkerbelle's.  TBT found it in an old outdoor carpet that is from about 1994.
Which reminded us of the collection of OUR whiskers TBT has saved.  He found a neat small bootle at a store.
Every whisker he finds in the house, he saves in there.

He even spilled them out onto a towel...
He isn't gonna do that again soon; it took him n hour to get all of them back into the bottle.  But once every few years is OK. 

TBT here:  And I want to mention something.  While Iza was sitting on the newspaper I was reading, I saw something I never imaged happening.  I SAW a whisker fall off her...  It just, well, fell off.  I always thought they scratched them off, but no...

14 comments:

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

How can anyone think loose whiskers are gross? My human wishes she would find them more often.

Megan said...

Some beans - ie. those who collect cat whiskers - are vewy vewy odd.

Thank you for the warning about the pics. I guess it's not seeing the whiskers that I find offputting - it's the thought that someone bothers to collect 'em!

Megan
Sydney, Australia

Mark's Mews (Ayla, Iza, and Marley) said...

TBT here: Megan, I think it is because whiskers define cats. You draw a circle and put a few straight lines out the sides and anyone knows it is a cat.

And in a strange way, whiskers are gifts. Whiskers are different from regular fur. They are stiff. They are fascinating. Its not like saving claw clippings (or even my own fingernail clippings.

Part of the interest is that they actually fall out. As odd as it may seem. I am thrilled when I find a loose one on the bed blanket or the carpet. I'm even very good at seeing them on the floor. I look for them before I vacuum.

Partly, some are so old that I know they come from Skeeter or LC, both many years gone. Partly, I know that many of the whiskers I collect will be here after (as much I do not wish to think of it) when Ayla, Iza, and Marley are gone.

So, in a way, it is touching them (in a rather clean way) after they leave my life. I understand that holding their loose whiskers while they are still with me may seem odd, but I thought that when Skeeter and LC were still here, and they are not now, so the whiskers are all that is left.

In a nice bottle, sitting on the shelf.

It's mostly "aren't those things amazing"? Cuz we don't have them.

The Menagerie Mom said...

This human collects whiskers, too! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who grabs them up and stashes them away. And how interesting to see a whisker just fall off. I've never thought of witnessing a whisker jump ship like that.

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

We don't collect whiskers, but we don't think they're gross either. I think they're kinda cute! I bet they fall out like the rest of fur and hair does, just, bloop and it's disconnected! MOL Love that bottle!

The Swiss Cats said...

We love TBT's answer ! It's exactly the way Claire is feeling : every found whisker is a gift, a kind of good luck charm, a memory. She collects whiskers since she was a child, and she has whiskers from all her angels : Mephisto, Biscotte, Mildred, Isis, Hercule, Céleste, Loupi, and from us too. Purrs

Brian said...

That is quite the whisker collection!

dezizworld.com said...

Well mommy fur sure collects our whiskers. She doesn't have a cool jar like ya'll do, but she keeps them seperate, so dat she knows 'zactly whose whiskers are whise. Dat's a great collection ya' have there.

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pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That is a nice collection.I wish I had saved some of my past kitties' whiskers. I should start now with the ones I have.

kittycaperz said...

I never thought about saving whiskers until I started blogging. It's something I don't think I would do, but it is certainly a way of giving and memory keeping.

Cara n Crew said...

that is cool :) whiskers are amazing. our mom mostly just saves our whiskers if she knows who they came from. she is really bummed that ditto lost two of his white whiskers and she didn't find them. too many white whiskers from the rest of us, mol

pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto

The Island Cats said...

The mom saves any of our whiskers that she finds. She has a whole pile of them. She needs a cool bottle or something to keep them in.

The Whiskeratti said...

Our Mom had no idea they fall out. We knew of course but we weren't telling.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Are you sure he's not tweezing them out himself???? That looks like more whiskers 100 kitties could shed in a lifetime! Are you *sure* he just watched it "fall" out???? Sounds very 'spishus to me.