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Q. MY CAT SEEMS TO LOOSE HER WHISKERS. THEY GROW TO A CERTAIN LENGTH AND THEN ILL LOOK THE NEXT DAY AND THEY WILL BE GONE. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

A. I agree with Dr. Edwards that a nutritional deficiency may be at the heart of what's going on. Other possibilities are chronic stress, so look at whether there's something relatively new in the environment such as a new dog or baby. Otherwise I'm afraid this is an unusual problem that may take a biopsy of the follicles themselves in order to diagnose.

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DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

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A. Although whiskers grow like any other hair and do fall out in a natural cycle it is uncommon for a cat to lose short whiskers frequently. It may e due to an underlying health condition making the hair or skin delicate and I would recommend getting this checked out if it continues or she has sensitive or redened skin anywhere. A good, balance, high quality cat food would rule out any nutritional deficiencies which may be underlying it

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LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

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