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Finding a whisker or two lying around the house occasionally is nothing to worry about; it’s a regular part of your cat’s hair growth cycle. You’re probably already aware that your cat sheds their fur—well, the same is true for their whiskers!
Most indoor felines shed their fur in low levels all year round, with the new hair growing in to replace it multiple times each year. Though your four-legged friend will not lose their whiskers as often as they lose their fur, the process is similar, with scraggly or damaged whiskers falling out so that new and healthy ones can grow in their place.
It’s important to note that whisker shedding is not seasonal, so your cat will not shed their whiskers all at once. An individual whisker will fall out every couple of months, and each whisker will be in a different phase of the shedding cycle at any given time.
Whisker shedding in felines is healthy and normal, with some lore even suggesting that finding a cat whisker is good luck!
Why do cats have whiskers, anyway? More than just facial features, whiskers serve several important purposes such as:
Are there cases where you should be worried about your furry friend’s whiskers falling out? It’s not a cause for concern if your cat loses a whisker every now and then, but excessive shedding warrants a closer look.
If you notice multiple whiskers being shed at the same time along with other issues such as lesions, scabs, hair loss, or flaky skin, then it’s strongly recommended that you take your feline companion to the vet for a checkup.
Reasons for abnormal whisker loss include:
Just like cutting human hair, cutting cat whiskers isn’t painful. But as mentioned above, whiskers help our furry friends accomplish a lot of things, making them essential to daily feline life.
Trimming whiskers can decrease spatial awareness and cause a cat to feel disoriented and confused; therefore, it’s best to leave them alone. Needless to say, you should never pull or pluck your cat’s whiskers, and always be gentle when petting them near the face.
Whiskers are wonderful tools that enable our feline companions to not only survive but also thrive. Finding a stray whisker is normal; however, if you spot excessive whisker loss, don’t hesitate to schedule a vet appointment so that your cat can return to their usual furbulous self as soon as possible!
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