Where did all the eyebrows go?
July 16, 2008 12:41 PM Subscribe
Should I stop worrying that my one of my cat eats my other cats' eyebrows? It appears to be an entirely consensual act.
posted by divka to pets & animals (13 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
All right, so I have two male cats (unrelated, neutered) who love each other. They express this, in part, through mutual grooming. I've noticed recently that the orange cat has been vigorously nibbling at the brown cat's eyebrow whiskers during the grooming sessions. Now, all the eyebrow whiskers on one side are entirely gone. His fur and skin in this area look perfectly normal.
This happened before--but with the other side of the brown cat's head. Those have grown back in now--so I guess they've been switching sides. Both the orange cat and brown cat appear to be extremely blissed out during the eyebrow nibbling.
The brown cat is fully capable of defending himself. He is, in fact, the dominant cat in this situation.
Of course, one cat over-grooming himself is signs of bad things. But this? I'm not so sure how much to worry about it. Plus, I don't know how I'd stop it if I'd try. Much of the loving action takes place when I'm not home.
And yes...I could call the vet and ask. But, I'd like some outside cat-loving opinions before I call and have my vet make fun of me over this one.