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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-08-2007, 01:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Sorry for the silly question, but do cats shed their old whiskers for new ones like their fur? Isis has lost three whisker bristles in about two months, without apparent pain or pulling them out - they just fall out while she is playing.

Is this normal? Do they just grow new ones?
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It IS normal, but if someone hadn't posted about it a week before Cinderella lost a couple, I would have been freaking out!

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It IS normal, but if someone hadn't posted about it a week before Cinderella lost a couple, I would have been freaking out!
Haha feels good to know I am not the only one!

So they just shed their whiskers like the rest of their hair? When they're worn out they fall out?
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I just remember that it's normal, and they grow more. And then Cinderella lost two (that I know of).

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I don't know how often they fall out, or how far they grow before they do, but I've never seen a whisker-less cat, nor have I see a cat with foot-long whiskers.

I occasionally find whiskers on the floor. Based on how often I find them, I don't think they fall out too often. So they must grow quite slowly. I don't think it's a question of being "worn out" -- most likely it's a question of length. One purpose of cat's whiskers is to give them sensory input on the size of objects, especially the size of a hole they might go through. So it would seem there's an optimum whisker size. Too short or too long and the whisker won't do the job it's supposed to do.
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