10 October, 2008 at 5:55 pm #21015
Hey everyone. I have a question about my kittens whiskers. My kitten is 8 weeks old and this morning I noticed that some of whiskers looked like they had been cut off. Now I read that sometimes a kittens whiskers can fall off after they had an upper resp. infection(due to the scratching of the nose), which Misty had a couple weeks ago. Is this true and will they grow back?, or should I start questioning my roommates? Thanks!!10 October, 2008 at 5:59 pm #303333
Kitties do loose whiskers from time to time, but they wouldn’t look cut off…If you believe that your roomates are capable of this kind of cruelty then the roomates need to go or you need to find a way to keep your kitty safe from them…cutting a kittens whiskers is extremly painful and cruel and if you are living with someone who would do this you could be in danger too!!!! If they are cut, then you move or move the roomates out….do not allow your kitten to abused!!!10 October, 2008 at 6:01 pm #303334
The whiskers look nubbly, really short, and its random ones. They’re not all in the same place.10 October, 2008 at 6:03 pm #303335
Since you can’t tell then maybe you should take your kitten to the vet and make sure he/she is okay and not being abused..10 October, 2008 at 6:05 pm #303336
Shes scheduled to go to the vet next week, but I just wanted to know what some other people thought before I took her.10 October, 2008 at 6:07 pm #303337
Well there are many people here that know far more than me, so keep checking back on this post…10 October, 2008 at 6:08 pm #303338
Thanks for your help!!!10 October, 2008 at 6:11 pm #303339
I almost forgot…Welcome to TDK…Do you have any pictures of your kitten??? If you’d like to see mine, just click on the picture to the left..10 October, 2008 at 6:11 pm #303340
I have a collection of whiskers. They’re mostly white, but now I’m adding Leela’s little black ones. I was so happy the day I found an ultra-long white whisker, several months after Jiggs died.
Keep us posted on what the vet says about your kitty’s whiskers; I’d be very interested.
Oh! What’s your kitten’s name?10 October, 2008 at 6:13 pm #303341
Thanks, I was going to take some new pictures of her today and post them later. By the way your cat is adorable, I had one that looked like that when I was younger. Thanks again 😉10 October, 2008 at 6:15 pm #303342
Can’t wait to see her…10 October, 2008 at 6:15 pm #303343
Misty, shes completely grey with bright blue eyes.10 October, 2008 at 9:02 pm #303344
Did she have all her whiskers when you got her? Sometimes siblings nibble on each other’s whiskers.10 October, 2008 at 9:26 pm #303345
Kitten Whisperer in Oregon (8/27)Participant
When my sibling kitties were kittens one chewed the luxurious long whiskers of the other to stubs about two inches long. I was dumbfounded when I noticed, but the vet said that happens sometimes when they are young. I’m pleased to say that they grew back in every bit as luxurious.
Welcome to TDK!10 October, 2008 at 9:31 pm #303346
I was going to ask if there were any other cats in the house who may have chewed off the kitten’s whiskers. Mother cats also do this sometimes; it’s an instinctive behavior. If the kittens have food on their whiskers, the mom cat will sometimes chew off the whiskers to get rid of the food scent, so that predators will not be attracted to their babies.11 October, 2008 at 2:04 am #303347
Leeny just said what I was thinking.. sometimes a ma ma cat or even another older cat will chew off kitten whiskers.. to keep them from wandering away or like leeny said, to keep food off them.11 October, 2008 at 4:50 am #303348
I had a similar experience with 4 kittens I was fostering just like KW. As I remember 3 of the 4 had randomly short whiskers just like someone clipped them. The rescue organization said it is not uncommon. If you have any doubt though, ask the vet about it when you go.
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