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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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One of these whiskers is not like the others.....

This seems really odd to me. Likely no big deal at all, I am just really curious. So, my Merlin is an orange tabby. He is not really all that dark, not his fur, his eyes, etc. I just noticed, one of his whiskers turned black. Just one. The tip of it is still white like the rest, but coming from the root it is black. His sister, Guinny, has several like that, but she is dark and very multi-coloured to begin with. Has anyone else seen this before? It seems so out of place on my light coloured kitty!
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One of these whiskers is not like the others.....

Haha! I was wondering if I was the only one. Godzilla has that too! He's got one whole black whisker and half of another... I have no idea what it is. He's my orange tabby too.


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My orange tabby also has a few black or half-black whiskers mixed in with her white ones.
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My weird whisker kids include:

Alice, with one white whisker and the rest black-



Truman, with one curled whisker that comes in every Winter, and falls out late Spring-
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I noticed this in Missy (ginger/orange) when I first got her, and didn't worry about it because.... Well just because. I think it fell out. Anway, ginger cats are supposed to be male. Missy is spayed so I have no idea what her orientation is.

No! It's still there.

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My pale ginger kitty Oliver has the same thing. On half black whisker. As he's gotten older he's getting black spots on his lips too. I read somewhere (cant remember where right now) that this is normal for aging ginger and orange cats.
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One of these whiskers is not like the others.....

I figured it was some kind of aging thing too.... Haha Godzilla hasn't touched two years yet though. Our cats are getting premature gray hair already haha


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Of the two I posted above, one is 2 yrs old, the other is 4.
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I don't think it is aging with Merlin...he's not even a year old yet.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 01:01 AM
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The whisker thing is a weird obsession of mine. I've noticed that with all of my kitties, and I always thought that the whiskers started out black and turned white as they grew out - I've never seen a whisker white at the root part and black at the end. So many whiskers are bi-colored - or used to be. I was wondering if it was age-related too, because I feel like there are fewer and fewer "new" (black at the root) whiskers.

Do any of your kitties have any white fur at all? My cats have been tabbies with not a single bit of white on them. So they have dark noses and paw pads. It seems like kitties who have even a bit of white have pink noses and pink paw pads. So I'm wondering if their whiskers are all white.
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