How many whiskers does a cat have? On average, domestic cats have 24 whiskers, 12 on each side of the nose, arranged in four horizontal rows.
They can move forwards when the cat is (1) inquisitive (2) threatening or (3) testing something. They can move backwards when the cat is (1) defensive or (2) when ensuring they don’t touch anything.
The top two rows can be moved independently of the bottom two rows. The strongest whiskers are in rows 2 and 3. Whiskers fall out and regrow.
Source: Cat World by Dr Desmond Morris and Michael