My cousin cut my cats wiskers off!!!

United States
May 14, 2007 8:17pm CST
Omg, my cats got half its wiskers cut off. I looked at my cat today because she was walking funny, I thought I might have to take her to the vet ( thought she might be poisened). I looked very closely, and to my surprise her wisker were cut off on one side. I called my cousin who was house sitting the day before, and asked him what happened to her. He said that he cut them off cause it was funny to watch her walk into stuff. What should I do? How should I handle this situation? Is there anything I can do for my poor kitty, she's running into everything.
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16 responses
• United States
15 May 07
That is so terrible of your cousin! I would be so angry at him for that, especially after his explanation! oh my gosh! Whiskers are important to cats, poor thing. I don't really know if theres much you can do for her other than waiting for them to grow back. What an awful tihng to do, don't let him house sit again!
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• United States
21 May 07
I was so angry, i screamed at him for like an hour. You can't expect much from a 19 year old drop out, that doesn't care about anything but video games.
@draconess (651)
• Canada
15 May 07
Do NOT cut the other side! That will only further traumatize the poor thing. (I know this, I worked at a vet clinic). There's really not much you can do to help, she will get used to it after a while, and the whiskers will eventually grow back. I would definately make sure the cousin gets disciplined though, I would be SO mad if someone abused my cat like that! He needs to understand that that's a horrible thing to do, it's like cutting off one of his hands so he couldn't feel any more. Little brats nowadays have no respect for the poor animals :(
@woobie (88)
• United States
15 May 07
That's weird. We had to trim my cat's whiskers all the time (they would curl up and poke him in his eyes). We never had any problems with him being traumatized by this or running into things. I guess every cat is different, just like people.
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• United States
21 May 07
I hope that the vet can help me resolve this problem, she's still running into things.
@lisado (1230)
• United States
15 May 07
Poor kitty!! :( I don't think there is really anything you can do until they grow back. I would definately jerk a knot in your cousin's tail, though! How could he do that?!? That isn't funny, it's mean! :( How old is he? Young enough that his parents could make sure he was punished or is he older and on how own. I'd chew him out good, if nothing else, and wouldn't let him come over anymore. He wouldn't be allowed to watch my house anymore, that's for sure!
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• United States
21 May 07
I made sure he realized that i would never let him house sit again, and that he would never be able to be alone in my home again for that matter.
@alilswt (388)
• United States
15 May 07
you might want to get a book on cats or even ask a vet you do not want to cause you cat any more trouble that is terrible i hope you don't let your cousin house sit anymore it is a serious thing and so sad he did it knowing it would cause the poor cat so much pain and trouble
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• United States
21 May 07
Thank you, i'll do that.
@deedles88 (297)
• Australia
15 May 07
The same thing happened with my step brother. He cut the cats whiskers off, so my stepdad cut half his fringe off to teach him a lesson. It worked wonders. This was back in the 70's though. I think you should explain to your cousin that its not funny, and it makes you and the kitty very upset. Speak to his parents aswell. As for your kitty, im not sure what you can do, maybe cut the other side to even things out?
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• United States
21 May 07
yeah, I try to make sure my son knows to treat animals right. Its just not that funny to cut the wiskers off, I was so furious with my cousin.
@Destiny007 (5820)
• United States
15 May 07
Maybe you could find the missing whiskers and super-glue them back on? Actually I really don't know what a person could do for this...I do think they will grow back in though. As far as the cousin goes, well one good abuse deserves another...time to kick some cousin tail. We had a nephew that used to do mean things to our previous cat, it involved the toilet however, and we let him know in no uncertain terms that best not happen again. Good luck with the cat.
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• United States
21 May 07
Lol, i'm sure my cat would like that. Hmm thats funny, good thing you taught him not to do that again. Thank you
@dcroome2005 (1211)
• United States
15 May 07
How old is your cousin? Does he understand that this is STILL a FORM of CRUELTY to animals? I am a huge animal lover and can't stand when I hear these type of stories. Nothing you can do until your cat grows them back but he should definetly be punsished for this. No telling what he will do to other animals. I wouldn't allow him around my animals ever again if I were you!
• United States
21 May 07
Yes I made sure to tell this to him, I was screaming at him for the longest time. I just don't understand why he'd be so ignorant, and hurt my poor cat.
@PsychoDude (2018)
• Netherlands
15 May 07
Whisker extensions? I dunno if they help with the actual balancing though, I do know they do exist though.
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• United States
21 May 07
Ha ha, that's a funny suggestion. Lol, maybe if I do we can get some dye done too!
@TiChan (59)
• United States
15 May 07
My cats whiskers were once but off though I can't be certain who did. I have 3 younger sisters, a niece and a step-brother, all who were capable of it. My cat didn't walk oddly or run into anything. The only reason I could think is that both sides got cut off and not just one. The only thing I could do for my kitten is wait until they grew back. I don't believe there is much else you can do for her. I would be pretty mad at my cousin if I were you though.
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• United States
21 May 07
Thank you.
@gizmo528 (732)
• United States
15 May 07
Oh wow, I have no clue what to do about something like that. My first thought would be to cut off half of the whiskers on the other side but I have no idea if this would work. I would def. call the vet tomorrow and ask about something to do for her. I wouldn't let the cousin near my cat for awhile though, although she would probably run if she sees him again.
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• United States
21 May 07
Yeah I was so shocked when it happened, I felt so bad for my kitty. She suffered so much, its so hard not to laugh when she walks though. I just try to recourse her, and move on.
• United States
16 May 07
Hi Silent Rose! I used to work as a vet tech before joining the corporate rat race. You will just have to wait for her whiskers to grow back :( I am not sure exactly how fast they grow, but you may want to try and keep her in a smaller area (i.e. bedroom or bathroom) while you are not home. As for your cousin, what an evil man! Hope Miss Kitty regains her balance soon :)
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• United States
21 May 07
thank you.
@Stiletto (4584)
15 May 07
OMG are you serious?? I would kick his sorry @ss from here into next week for doing such a thing! What a psycho!! Never leave this loser alone with any vulnerable creature again - personally I'd report him to animal cruelty but I guess you're not going to do that because otherwise you would have done it by now. No way would I let him get away with it though. He sounds like a freak. As for the cat I would take her to the vet. Goodness knows what he/she will have to say about it though.
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@hezoid (2149)
15 May 07
OMG, what a nasty thing to do to a poor cat! I really would have strong words with your cousin and not elt them within sight of your poor cat again. Whiskers on a cat are not just for decoration but have a very important use ie balancing. Wast a nasty trick to play on a poor little cat for your cousins own amusement. I can only suggest taking the porr thing to the vet and asking for advice. I think whiskers grow back don't they, though she may be off-balance untill they do as it may take some time. Dont tuch the whiskers on the other side untill you've gotten advice from the vet. Also, give her some cuddles from me.
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• United States
21 May 07
What a nasty thing it was, I don't think i've ever screamed so much. I will talk to the vet and see what he says, and give her cuddles for you. Thank you.
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@woobie (88)
• United States
15 May 07
I think this is so strange. I had a cat whose whiskers would grow long and then curl up and poke him in his eyes. We always had to cut his whiskers and he never had any problems with running into things. Maybe its because we always cut both sides at the same time.
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• United States
21 May 07
Maybe, I think that cats use they're wiskers to balance themselves. I think its wierd, but its true. If you cut both sides exactly the same then they would be balanced i'd think, maybe thats it.
@takkea (394)
• United States
21 May 07
Why did your cousin do that?
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@GardenGerty (98217)
• United States
16 May 07
I think I may have done this once as a very small child, and my mamma "fixed my wagon" so that I would never be so mean again. They do grow back, the cats do get used to balancing themselves with the distortion. My cats occasionally used to get too close to open flame gas heaters and singe and curl their own whiskers. Still the same effect.
• United States
21 May 07
Yes, i've taught my son to be nice to animals.