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Hazar

Spay & Neuter
 
 
Purred: Thu Aug 11, '11 7:00pm PST 
OMC..I have no whiskers nowshock My foster mom just noticed last night that I had no whiskers, I used to! But I've lil' stubby whiskers growing..she's fostered many kittens and never seen this, normal?
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Hazar

Spay & Neuter
 
 
Purred: Thu Aug 11, '11 7:06pm PST 
She looked it up and read that sometimes kittens whiskers fall off due to a mineral deficiency..well I love to eat litter(clay of course)so she thinks it could be that? We'll be put on shredded paper litter maybe tomorrow.
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BK

Ambassador at- the Kitty U.N.
 
 
Purred: Fri Aug 12, '11 3:50am PST 
Hazar, I don't know about the mineral deficiency, but I know when I came to mom's I didn't have whiskers either. Mom thinks it was because before I came here I was in a cage and I rubbed my face against the bars so I broke all my whiskers!
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Miauw.(lives- with dad)

eat,eat- ,eat...or steal- it if you can!
 
 
Purred: Fri Aug 12, '11 4:35am PST 
no whiskerseekeekeekeekeekeekeekrno no'sshockrnmew found thisrnmaybe there's something usefull in itthinkingrnrnhttp://www.petplace.com/cats/structure-and-function-of- the-whiskers-in-cats/page1.aspx
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Ashlynne

Silly girl
 
 
Purred: Fri Aug 12, '11 7:54am PST 
I'm not saying this is the case with you, but eating litter can be a sign of anemia. Perhaps it's worth at least a call to the vet to see if the 2 things -- eating litter and whiskers falling out -- are a concern. I hope it's nothing. big hug
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Kiki

You... Treats...- Now...
 
 
Purred: Fri Aug 12, '11 9:52am PST 
My goodness! I couldn't imagine not having any whiskers to tickle mom and dad with to wake them up when I'm hungry! Whiskers are very important because they help us figure out whether we can get through an opening or not. Our whiskers are as wide as our bodies usually so that's how we can tell. As for eating cat litter, mom is a Pet Nutrition Specialist for Nutro and has had some cat and dog owners tell her similar stories while she's doing her demos. Usually it means the cat or dog is missing something crucial in their diet. When they're not getting something they need, their body starts to crave really weird things in order to get the nutrients they need. (I wonder if that's the reason Kosuteh eats hair ties?) I would definitely say getting your mom or dad to take you to the vet is a good idea. That way you can find out what exactly you're missing and get it corrected. smileBest Wishes! (Edit: Corrected weird spacing issues.)

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Lola

Proud mother of- the Fab Four!
 
 
Purred: Fri Aug 12, '11 1:37pm PST 
Are you with other kittens? Kittens play rough, and often lose their whiskers that way. Almost all my kittens have lost their whiskers through rough play.jp They grow back.
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Tink the Cat

Never met a- mouse I didn\'t- bat!
 
 
Purred: Fri Aug 12, '11 3:26pm PST 
This is all really good info, especially from Kiki. We have shelters kittens all the time who break off whiskers by sticking their little noses out of cages, but usually they come in all at different lengths. Losing them all at once is different and should be checked out, although you may have corrected the imbalance since getting your kitty and it's just taking time. rnI would change to any litter he doesn't eat!! Their livers are so tiny they can't process things like this for long. shrug
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Pandora

go getter kitter
 
 
Purred: Sun Aug 14, '11 6:54am PST 
Since you are being fostered, and you have teeny whiskers growing back, I think maybe you lost them due to poor nutrition wherever you came from originally. Otherwise, what the last poster said, one of your siblings chewed them off? I hope you are much better now!
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Tink the Cat

Never met a- mouse I didn\'t- bat!
 
 
Purred: Sun Aug 14, '11 4:38pm PST 
Tink is fully grown, but since she was a baby I've kept all the whiskers she sheds!! I consider them a present from her!!big grin
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