Cat whiskers

My healthy and happy cat seems to have had his whiskers shrink in the last couple of years. I've looked around the internet and can't seem to find any answer to this. Is this a sign of vitamin deficiency?


RESPONSE:

I haven't heard of cat whiskers shrinking but there are several reasons why they would be shorter.

Remember that a cat grows whiskers to the width of its body so it can sense where it can fit, that said, then if a heavier cat loses some weight its new whiskers that grow in will be shorter because its width is less.

Cats shed whiskers as a normal process and replace them. There can also be "barbering" by another cat if you have another cat in the household. Please see my article on Cat Whiskers for a more complete description. Link follows...

Cat Whiskers

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