Whiskers breaking off

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Knack:
The whiskers of my girlfriend's 6 month old kitten have been breaking off since before he was adopted from a shelter. He's also kind've bony for his age (only 6 lbs). Everyone remarks that they can feel his ribs and spine more than with other kittens, including more than a slinky 5 month old Siamese male who is his companion kitten. He seems to eat normally; Eukaneuba and a couple other "high quality" processed kitten foods.

How do we correct his problems? Is it nutritional? Was wondering whether we should get some fish oil to put on his food.
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Knack:
[nq:1]The whiskers of my girlfriend's 6 month old kitten have been breaking off since before he was adopted from a ... we correct his problems? Is it nutritional? Was wondering whetherwe should get some fish oil to put on his food.[/nq]
BTW, the kitten is not a Cornish Rex (broken whiskers a trait of that breed). He's a grayish "tiger" kitty with spots, stripes, tail rings, bracelets, M on forehead, black toes, etc.
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Mary:
[nq:1]The whiskers of my girlfriend's 6 month old kitten have been breaking off since before he was adopted from a shelter. He's also kind've bony for his age (only 6 lbs).[/nq]
Kittens sometimes play rough and break their whiskers. Other kittens sometimes nibble on cagemates whiskers. Some kittens are just skinny while some are fat, just like humans. Siamese are generally very slim so if he's slimmer than a 5 month old siamese, that's pretty slim. Of course he could have worms. Did he ever get an initial vet visit, testing and vaccines? Maybe he has fleas and worms? Make sure he's still eating his wet kitten food along with dry. If he continues to be skinny, I'd take him to the vet.
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Laura R.:
circa Mon, 19 Jan 2004 23:29:54 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Knack (Email Removed) said,
[nq:1]The whiskers of my girlfriend's 6 month old kitten have been breaking off since before he was adopted from a ... correct his problems? Is it nutritional? Was wondering whether we should get some fish oil to put on his food.[/nq]
Has the cat had a thorough veterinary checkup?
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Knack:
[nq:2]The whiskers of my girlfriend's 6 month old kitten have ... shelter. He's also kind've bony forhis age (only 6 lbs).[/nq]
[nq:1]Kittens sometimes play rough and break their whiskers. Other kittenssometimes nibble on cagemates whiskers. Some kittens are just skinny while ... still eating his wet kitten food along with dry. Ifhe continues to be skinny, I'd take him to the vet.[/nq]
Yeah, he got an initial visit to the vet and two more visits since that one, and he's been adopted for only 3 weeks now. No worms, no fleas, but he did initially have ear mites. The kittens sure do play rough though. It would be a coincidence if both the Siamese and whatever cagemate the little fella was with in the shelter's cage both nibbled on his whiskers. We haven't spotted the Siamese doing that to him yet. He doesn't get much wet kitten food, partly because we don't want to spoil him and partly because there are only
2 brands of wet kitten food locally available.
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Knack:
[nq:2]The whiskers of my girlfriend's 6 month old kitten have ... should get some fish oil to put on his food.[/nq]
[nq:1]Has the cat had a thorough veterinary checkup?[/nq]
Pretty thorough, yes. Three times to the vet already during the three weeks since he was adopted. He also has incurably squinty eyes despite the medicated ointment he's given twice each day. And he shakes his head for no apparent reason; even after we killed and cleaned away his ear mites (he was examined again for that). Poor little fella. He seems happy and playful though.
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Laura R.:
circa Tue, 20 Jan 2004 05:08:38 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Knack (Email Removed) said,
[nq:1]Yeah, he got an initial visit to the vet and two more visits since that one, and he's been adopted ... we don't want to spoil him and partly because there are only 2 brands of wet kitten food locally available.[/nq]
Good to hear he's had the vet visit. I would not limit his food intake, particularly wet food, as wet food is better for him, and his weight indicates that he really needs more calories.

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Laura R.:
circa Tue, 20 Jan 2004 05:13:44 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Knack (Email Removed) said,
[nq:1]Pretty thorough, yes. Three times to the vet already during the three weeks since he was adopted. He also has ... cleaned away his ear mites (he was examined again for that). Poor little fella. He seems happy and playful though.[/nq]
Well, he could have leftover goopiness from the mites in his ears, I suppose, or even wax and whatever treatment goop was used. :-) I'd say if he's getting a clean bill of health, just feed him lots. :-)

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Laura R.:
circa Tue, 20 Jan 2004 06:44:53 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Laura R. (Email Removed) said,
[nq:2]Pretty thorough, yes. Three times to the vet already during ... that). Poor little fella. He seems happy and playful though.[/nq]
[nq:1]Well, he could have leftover goopiness from the mites in his ears, I suppose, or even wax and whatever treatment goop was used. :-) I'd say if he's getting a clean bill of health, just feed him lots. :-)[/nq]
Also, I'm assuming that the vet has ruled out neurological issues?

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