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Improbable dexterity, sharp mind, independence and unusual appearance is what we so love cats for. The most mysterious animals live near the person already thousands of years, but we still do not know all mysteries of character. One of such secrets – for what the cat family needs moustaches and whether it is possible to cut off them?
Moustaches or vibrissa are a hard hair which grow on both sides of a muzzle at cats. Usually their quantity does not exceed 24 – on 12 from each side. Color of vibriss depends on an animal color. At light, gray cats moustaches usually light. At more dark or tortoise vibrissa can be painted. But irrespective of it, all of them perform important functions:
Definite answer to this question – is not present, it is impossible. But if suddenly it occurred, then, of course, the cat will not die. However the next weeks until vibrissa grow to the former size, the cat will feel discomfort. Its movements will be sure not such as before, and feelings of the environment will become weaker. If your cat was before a brave myshelov, then do not wait from it for the former number of production. Therefore you should not cut off vibrissa even if it seems to you that they too long – at moustaches are the term lives, they will drop out independently.
Owners can notice that the cat lost vibriss independently, without assistance. In this case it is worth suspecting malfunctions with health. Avitaminosis – one of the most common causes of loss of moustaches. Along with it at a cat wool can drop out, it becomes dim, and the pet – tired and sluggish.
One more reason – the shortage of protein. Quite often dropped out moustaches are observed at the feeding and pregnant cats. Their organism needs a large amount of protein as construction element. Weigh it to be spent, first of all, for kittens, and only then for the pet.
The reason of loss of moustaches at little kittens is interesting. Owners who often see posterity from the cat notice that one or several kittens run with short short moustaches. So mother cat marks especially violent children – she bites off to them moustaches, making kittens a little more careful and quiet. Without vibriss they will lose a part of the dexterity and a shustrost.
New moustaches in full length grow not less than a month. In 2-3 weeks of a vibrissa will become sufficient length, and the cat will cease to feel discomfort in movement and hunting. If loss of moustaches was caused by avitaminosis and malnutrition, then owners have to correct it.
In rare instances if the hair follicle was damaged, growth of vibriss will be complicated. It is possible if the cat endured a heavy tick-borne infection, a chemical or thermal burn. In this case, unfortunately, the pet will remain without moustaches. Over time the cat adapts to the new state, but will concede to peers in hunting abilities and dexterity.