Berlin’s administrative court rejected the breeder’s appeal against an earlier decision that deemed breeding of whiskerless cats cruel

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 25, 2015 04:09 PM
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A German court has ruled that whisker-free is no way to be.

Berlin’s administrative court has ordered a breeder to castrate her cat because it doesn’t have whiskers, according to the Associated Press. The feline, named Willi, is a hairless sphynx, a breed which sometimes lack whiskers.

According to the AP, the court said on Wednesday that it rejected the breeder’s appeal against an earlier decision by local veterinary authorities who deemed the breeding of whiskerless cats cruel.

Cats use their whiskers as touch receptors, PetMD says, which send information about their surroundings directly to the cat’s sensory nerves, like “kitty radar.”

The court says the decision can be appealed.