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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-05-2004, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question Split-ended whiskers?

This may be a stupid question but this is my first chin so I just don't know. Mo has whiskers on his left side that are bent, split, and just generally crazy looking. All the ones on his right side, though, are fine and straight. Is this normal?
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Was Mo with a cage mate before you bought him? Whisker chewing is a normal chinchilla dominance sign. The less dominant chin will get his whiskers chewed by the more dominant chin. My theory is that they use them for sensory purposes and the chin with chewed whiskers must rely on the chin with normal whiskers, but who knows.

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I never thought of that! He did have some other buddies in the cage when I got him. Glad to know that my little guy is normal. Thanks for the info!
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Sometimes this is a mild case of fungus. Usually chewed whiskers aren't bent or frayed. I would trim off the damaged part for protection and be sure to properly dispose of the clippings. They will grow back in pretty fast.


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Ooo. Ok. I didn't know they'd grow back! I'll have to do that. Thanks!
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Hello again I wanted to make sure you were the right one.I am soo glad you finally made it here.I should of check his whiskers a little closer. For that I am sorry.Mo is a good name and I am happy to hear he is doing fine.I look forward to hearing more about him and maybe seeing a picture of how he is growing.


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Yup, trim the damaged edges off. Whiskers help chins sense things around them. If you ever go and touch a chins whiskers just gently to nose starts going and they turn in that direction. The whiskers are not frayed naturally because they work individually. If they are frayed, that one whisker is now picking up 3-4 different things at once. Am i making sense? Hope so.

Trim 'em down and they will grow back. Not too big of a deal

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