Cat eyelashes

When cats appear to squint, they might actually be activating their third eyelid, not engaging in a staring contest. Image: Mermek Avitia/Pexels

Do cats have eyelashes?

Cats don’t require long lashes like humans, as their facial fur and whiskers also aid in shielding their eyes from foreign objects.

Cat eyelashes

When cats appear to squint, they might actually be activating their third eyelid, not engaging in a staring contest. Image: Mermek Avitia/Pexels

Cats do have eyelashes, although they often blend in with their fur, making them less noticeable.

These eyelashes, similar to human ones, serve the purpose of protecting the eyes from debris and bacteria.

Cats don’t require long lashes like humans, as their facial fur and whiskers also aid in shielding their eyes from foreign objects.

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Cats possess a third eyelid called a nictitating membrane, which is located in the inner corner of their eyes, beneath the top and bottom eyelids.

The nictitating membrane moves quickly and diagonally across the eye, often unnoticed by observers.

When cats appear to squint, they might actually be activating their third eyelid, not engaging in a staring contest.

This rapid movement of the third eyelid is mistaken for squinting.

The membrane might have some level of transparency, allowing cats to see even when it’s closed.

This feature is advantageous in outdoor settings, helping them navigate through brush or long grass while protecting their eyes.

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Cats indeed possess eyelashes, although they are typically difficult to discern as they blend in with the fur around their eyes.

Unlike humans with long and noticeable eyelashes, cats have other protective facial features such as facial fur and whiskers that aid in preventing debris and foreign objects from entering their eyes.

Cats can occasionally develop eyelash disorders.

If you observe your cat pawing at their eyes or notice any unusual changes in their eye appearance, it’s advisable to seek veterinary attention promptly.

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This article was compiled with the help of Artificial Intelligence