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What to do if a cat gets stung by a bee?

As a cat owner it is important to ask yourself if you know what to do if your cat swallows or gets stung by a bee. Will you be prepared if this happens while on a family camping trip, or in the wee hours of the morning? Cats and bee stings can result in a serious situation depending on how many times your cat got stung and on what part of your cat’s body. Cats are curious animal, so when they get stung by bees it’s usually on the face, nose, or paw. The old adage, “curiosity killed the cat”, actually has an element of truth. Cats are nosy creatures, sniffing at anything of interest. Since felines find insects interesting, they sniff at them, and if they stick their nose where it doesn’t belong, that could turn out to be fatal. So, let’s take a comprehensive look at what happens if a cat got stung by a bee. Cats and bees Since their bodies are small, a bee sting can have a greater, faster effect on cats than it does on humans . Cats react to bee stings a lot like people do. You can expe

Do cat whiskers grow back?

As with the rest of their fur, Cats shed and regrow their whiskers throughout life. This is quite normal.

Cat whiskers should never be cut but they do grow back at varying rates.

Just like any other hair (Cat whiskers are thicker and stiffer compared to normal hairs), whisker grow from follicles, live up to certain length of time and then fall out to be replaced by a new whisker.

Some of the common reasons why your cat might has lost its whisker

  • You have some active children in your house or neighborhood who decided to trim your cat’s whisker for fun.

  • Cat whisker got accidently burnt

  • Someone had it cut for good luck charm (as per some myth, finding cat’s whisker is associated with good luck)

  • Cat’s groomer chopped off his whisker almost entirely.

  • Cat fights- Regular fighting with another cat that causes scratching and damage to the cat’s face.


Your feline friend might also be losing whisker due to health issues though this is quite uncommon.

If you are worried that your cat has lost its whisker due above reasons, then be rest assured that your cat will be just fine and will regrow its whisker in few months (unless there is a major destruction to the follicles).

Whiskers on a cat should not be cut as it serves important purposes.

A healthy cat (who has no injury, health issues or defects) possess around 8 to 12 whiskers on each side of the nose.

Whiskers present on either side of cat’s face are not the only ones it has.

Cats also have whiskers above their eyes, on their chin and jaw line, and on the back of their front legs, just above the paw.

How long does it take for cat whiskers to grow back?


It can take around 2-3 months for a full set of whiskers to grow out so it will not happen soon.

Whiskers do not grow at a faster pace in older cats.

The rigid hairs usually stay the same length for a cat's entire life, unless of course someone accidentally cuts them.

Why are my cat’s whisker breaking off?


Sudden loss of many whiskers at a time can be a symptom of infection and other health problems.

Aging could also be one of the reasons.

One of major differences you may notice in a cat's whiskers as he ages are a little bit of possible graying and possibly losing a stray strand.

The loss of several whiskers indicates a vitamin or mineral deficiency.

If your cat’s whiskers are broken or appear to have split ends, this could also indicate some health issues and in such cases, you should contact your veterinarian.

Some of the diseases in cats which could lead to loss of whisker and fur.

  • Hair loss (alopecia) is a common problem for cats. Signs include partial or total hair loss. The skin surrounding the area of hair loss can appear normal or it can have redness, bumps, scabs, and skin loss.

  • Feline Miliary Dermatitis can lead to loss of fur and can also cause your cat to lose their whiskers too.

  • Fungal infections such as ringworm, Parasites that bring about mange can also affect the cat’s face, leading to round patches of hair loss, affecting both the fur and the vibrissae too.

  • Nervous disorders (e.g., over-grooming) can also cause cats to lose their hair.

  • Bacterial infections and skin conditions may lead to whisker loss as well if the infection is systemic or affects the face.

  • Hormonal imbalances, specifically too much thyroid or increased levels of steroids in the body, can cause hair loss and changes in texture of the hair that re-grows, which will affect the whiskers as well as the fur.


Are you supposed to trim cat whiskers?


Sometime your cat’s whiskers are very long and you might be thinking of trimming them.

Some cats, like the Devon Rex, even have curly facial whiskers, so you might think that it wouldn’t be harmful to straighten them out with a little trim.

Sometime your cat’s whisker may be curling, these may be due to various reasons like he might be exposed to a very hot surface like open flame or bowl of boiling water or whisker might be burned.

Nevertheless, you should never trim, curl, dye or otherwise touch a cat’s whiskers.

Because whiskers are highly sensitive, these actions could cause your feline friend discomfort.

You might also be hurting your cat with whisker removal, since whiskers are located in a facial area that is rich in nerves and blood vessels.

Your cat also needs its whiskers for proper daily function, so just let them be and only admire them from afar.

How sensitive are cat whiskers?


Whiskers are thicker compared to normal hair and deeply rooted with the nerve endings that help your cat with information about surrounding objects.

Each whisker is connected to muscular and nervous systems, and are extremely sensitive and fine-tuned, sending messages to the brain.

Whiskers which are also called “vibrissae,” are very sensitive and can do everything from gauge wind direction to detect movement under extreme low-light conditions.

Even when the cat is sitting quietly, it’s whiskers are working. Have you noticed that it is hard to sneak up on your cat? Well, you can blame his whisker which can also detect any subtle change in air currents.

Cats’ whiskers allow them to feel around in dark or tight spaces, enabling them to sense what is in their immediate environment, like a hole that might be just big enough to fit through.

You can also understand cat’s behavior through its whisker.

Fearful Cat - cat whiskers flattened or pressed downward onto the face

When the cat is calm his whiskers are relaxed.

Narrow bowls can be uncomfortable if they cause the whiskers to bend and flex excessively. Food and water bowls for cats need to be designed with sensitive whiskers in mind.

What are cat whiskers made of?


Just like other hairs, the shaft consists of an inert material (keratin) and contains no nerves.

Keratin (is one of a family of fibrous structural proteins) -- regenerates itself in the whisker just as it does in human fingernails and hair.

However, whiskers are different from other hair structures because they grow from a special hair follicle incorporating a capsule of blood called a blood sinus which is heavily innervated by sensory nerves.

Even some small deflections of the whisker hair can evoke a sensory response in cat.

Some common myth,misconception and superstition around cat’s whisker



  • One of the most well-known superstition is that they are just plain old good luck!

  • Cats would lose their sense of balance if they didn’t have whiskers.This is not true, in fact there is a Cat breed without whisker cat Sphynx cat.  In Sphynx cat -Whiskers may be present, either whole or broken, or may be totally absent.

  • Whiskers length of individual cats are about same width as the cat’ body and due to this they are able to gauge whether an opening is wide enough for their body to pass through.In fact, whisker length is genetically determined and does not vary as the cat grows thinner or fatter.


 

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