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Friday, December 4, 2020

My cat’s whiskers keep breaking, what do you suggest?

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Q.I have a 10+-year-old cat, previously ferral, who tested positive two years ago for FIV. I recently had a BNA test done and give him his vitamins every day. He seems to be doing well, is very affectionate and loving. Two years ago I noticed that his whiskers were diminished. Sometimes, they appear to grow, yet will actually break off (I think). I hoped you might have a suggestion why his whiskers won’t grow or stay long.

 

A.It’s just a secondary sign of a compromised immune system, much as we see with poor hair coat. I wouldn’t look for a localized problem here. The best you can do is work on his overall health by continuing to supplement his diet of high quality, preferably home-prepared foods.