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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 06:56 AM Thread Starter
 
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cats whiskers

Sadly my wonderful daughter and her friend have cut the whiskers of our cat, is this likely to cause a problem in the future or give the cat discomfort.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 07:52 AM
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Re: cats whiskers

Cats use their whiskers as a measure of what that can stick their head into and still get out.
Your cat may get his head stuck into things he can't get out of. Does he go outdoors, or is he indoors only?
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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Re: cats whiskers

They are curb feelers for cats
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 04:53 PM
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Re: cats whiskers

Will they grow back?


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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 07:48 PM
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Re: cats whiskers

They will grow back, but I would have a chat with your daughter about it. Those whiskers have veins in them and nerve endings, it probably hurt kitty when she cut them. I would explain that nicely to your daughter so it doesn't happen again, and keep an eye on kitty to make sure he doesn't get stuck in small places.
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Re: cats whiskers

The kitty's whiskers will grow back, but I agree that you should talk to your daughter about what she did.
A cat's whiskers are an important part of her senses. They are much more than just a cute collection of thick hairs on a kitty's face.
They function as "curb feelers", but also let a cat detect very minute air currents, which aid in finding prey.
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-01-2008, 10:52 PM
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Re: cats whiskers

*Blush* I did this when I was maybe 5-6? I didn't know any better. I also ate catfood at that age, They do grow back, but i'd sit your daughter down and explain what's okay, and not okay to do with the kitty.
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