My mother brought a young male kitten home. We already have a fully grown female cat and not surprisingly, she did not like the new kitten.
The kitten used to have very long, beautiful whiskers on its upper lip. This morning my mother asked me if I have trimmed the whiskers on the kitten. I thought this was a very strange question but when I looked at the kitten, I realized that most of its whiskers indeed were missing. They looked like they have been trimmed-off and only 1/6 inch was left sticking out from the base.
The kitten has never left the apartment or even its room, it lives locked up in isolation because we are trying to keep it away from the female cat.
However, the two do meet each-other from time to time - normally when the adult cat sneaks in the room to investigate.
I'd like to ask you people:
- Is it possible for a kitten to lose most of its whiskers on both sides at once while leaving small 1/6 in remnants of each whisker intact? If yes, what could be the cause?
- Is it possible that the kitten somehow sucked its whiskers in its mouth and then chew them off? I don't think that this small creature even has teeth that are developed enough to do that.
- Is it possible that the kitten kind of ground-off its own whiskers with its rough tongue?
- Is it possible that our grown-up cat has chewed-off the small kitten's whiskers?
- Is it possible that the kitten has accidentally cut off its whiskers while eating from a cup that has sharp edges? (not likely because I haven't seen such cups around, but with a moron of a woman like my mother, you never know)
- Has anyone here experienced anything like that before???
- Is it a common thing for young kittens to lose their whiskers as some phase in their growth or something? Sounds very unlikely to me.
I am very worried.
How long will it take for the whiskers to grow back to normal size?