Why Does My Kitten Have Short Whiskers?

| September 25, 2015 | 7 Comments

Whiskers Short - Cash - 14 weeks2Why Does My Kitten Have Short Whiskers?

The other day on Facebook, I received the following question from a reader, “When we picked Cash up there were some whiskers that looked clipped short?? Or broken off..ever heard of this?”

Ironically, I had!  When Caymus came to us his whiskers were short as well.  It looked like someone had literally cut off his whiskers and made them into stubs.

Of course, this was concerning – until we learned from the vet that his littermates bit them off. Murphy, not a littermate, didn’t continue to bite at his whiskers – so they grew in.  And I must say, Caymus has the most exquisite whiskers today.

Ragdoll Kitten with Whiskers Biten Off

Smooch with her whiskers bitten off – thanks to her sister for grooming her! Thanks to Betty for sending in this photo!

Did your kitty come to you with short whiskers?  Are there other reasons why a kitten might have short whiskers that look like they have been cut off?

Kitten Short Whiskers

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Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,

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  1. Patti Johnson says:

    Very interesting info, Jenny! To tell you the truth I never even noticed if Miss Pink Sugarboo’s whisker’s were short as a kitten. I was so blown away by her adorableness that all I saw was this fully white furball who needed my love and attention ASAP! lol 🙂

    I never even knew that littermates would bite off the whiskers of each other but it makes sense during their rough and tumble playing.

    Other than someone cutting off a kitty’s whiskers (and I’ve heard urban legends about people’s children doing that to a cat in the household — horrors!), I have no idea how they would get short (unless it’s from a cat fight between two or more kitties or perhaps playing with a very rambunctious puppy or doggy friend).

    Big hugs!

    Patti & Pink Sugar (who is Whiskerlicious!) 🙂 <3

  2. Patricia McDermott says:

    the only time one of my cats had short whiskers is when i cut them. i only did it once. i cute my cat “puff”s whiskers off, i don’t even know why (i was 7) and my dad told me that she wouldn’t be able to navigate without them, told me that that is how they can tell what they can and can’t fit in to. i felt horrible and cried my eyes out and was terrified that my puff would get stuck in something and die. i never did that again.

  3. strikersmom says:

    Our ragdoll had his whiskers “trimmed” by a littermate, but they’ve grown back just fine 🙂

  4. Becca Dutill says:

    I wondered why our new kitten had short whiskers!
    They have since grown long and lovely.
    Thanks for the info!

  5. Teresa Reid says:

    Sounds really reasonable that their littermates might have chewed on them. Neither of our girls came with short whiskers. If I had the blessing of having a kitty when I was little, I might have cut them too like someone else (above) who kinda confessed (he,he!) Didn’t have a kitty to love, but I cut my eyelashes off with my dulled play scissors the night my parents were having a dinner party. My mother almost had a cow when she saw what I did, then made me have to tell everyone what happened!♥♥♥

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