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cat whiskers cut

December 7th, 2004, 09:31 AM
My 4 year old son has cut my cats whiskers. Will they grow back, and should I continue to let her outside?

December 7th, 2004, 09:56 AM
They will certainly grow back with time. Cats grow and shed whiskers just like the rest of their fur. Often, people trim the whiskers of show animals (dogs and cats) to give their face a "cleaner" look. Normally, whiskers act as feelers on a cat's face to let them know of any air movement or the boundaries of an enclosed space, especially when hunting in the dark. A domestic cat may use her whiskers, but her life does not depend on them. She may feel a little uncomfortable and naked right now, but she will probably adapt quickly I doubt that she would be at any real disadvantage outside. Just put those scissors on a higher shelf!