Cat Whiskers when they lose them Is your Cat affected?

25 Mar 2019

March 25, 2019

Whiskers around your cats’ eyes and nose is one of the most distinctive parts of your feline friend they fulfil a very important roles for your cat. When your cat losses whiskers there can be implications whiskers grow and are in some to the most nerve rich areas of the cat’s body.

These have nerve endings that are very sensitive and communicate all this information to the animal’s brain depending on the pressure they feel. Whiskers gives a cat the ability to know if they can pass through a space of not.

Whiskers, on the other hand, began evolving 120 million years ago along with early mammals. They're called vibrissae, technically speaking, and most mammals have them. Vibrissae act as feelers: they are organs of touch.

Important: Never cut or trim cat whiskers. Your cat's whiskers are a sensory organ, so cutting them off would be just like cutting off your senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch and taste. A cat that loses all his whiskers is usually disoriented and confused. He may even become lost.

A cat can lose ability to guide and orient itself properly in its surrounding and will find it difficult to detect things closely, as they don’t have such a good eyesight when this happens.

They also help with knowing their way in poor light and adverse environments the whiskers around your cats’ eyebrows also help to provide sensory feedback and protect the eyes, by means of catching fine particles of debris before they reach the eyes and warning your cat of obstacles around their head.

Cats rely on their whiskers heavily.

Shedding and whisker loss occasionally happens cats go through growth, dormancy and shedding phases just like their fur, and so shedding the odd whisker can occasionally happens sometimes a whisker will go a miss.

How this happens? Fighting with another cat if they are scrapping a lot, they may lose significant number of whiskers, neutering helps.

Alopecia is a condition that affects multiple species of animals including humans can cause a large scale and systemic loss of hair across the whole body, including whiskers, if the cat is losing fur and whiskers may need to seek advice.

Dermatitis and other skin conditions, particularly those that are allergenic in nature can be a cause or fungal infections such as ringworm can also affect the cat’s face, leading to hair and fur or whiskers. Feline acne or mite infestations or a range of immune mediated and hormonal disorders including hypothyroidism can cause fur and vibrissae known as whiskers loss.