Feline whisker fatigue is a condition that affects cats and is caused by prolonged and repeated stimulation of their sensitive whiskers. Whisker fatigue can cause a variety of issues for cats, including difficulty eating, drinking, exploring, and playing. In this blog, we will discuss feline whisker fatigue, its causes, and its impacts on cats.
Whiskers, also known as vibrissae, are long, stiff hairs that grow from a cat's muzzle, eyebrows, and other areas of their face. These whiskers are incredibly sensitive and are used by cats to sense their environment. They help cats navigate through the dark, avoid obstacles, and sense prey.
However, when cats eat or drink from a bowl, their sensitive whiskers can come into contact with the sides of the bowl. This can cause overstimulation of their whiskers, leading to whisker fatigue. Whisker fatigue can cause discomfort, stress, and anxiety for cats, leading to a reluctance to eat, drink, explore, or play.
Some of the symptoms of whisker fatigue include pawing at the food bowl, knocking over the water bowl, reluctance to eat or drink, and general stress or anxiety around food and water bowls. Cats with whisker fatigue may also be hesitant to explore or play, as they may be experiencing discomfort in their sensitive whiskers.
To avoid whisker fatigue, it's important to provide cats with bowls that are designed to accommodate their sensitive whiskers. These bowls are typically wider and shallower than traditional bowls, allowing cats to eat and drink without their whiskers coming into contact with the sides of the bowl. Some bowls are also designed with raised edges to prevent food and water from spilling out, which can be helpful for cats that are prone to knocking over their bowls.
In addition to using whisker-friendly bowls, it's also important to provide cats with plenty of opportunities for exploration and play. This can help to reduce stress and anxiety, which can exacerbate whisker fatigue. Interactive toys, scratching posts, and comfortable bedding can all help to create a stimulating and relaxing environment for cats.
In conclusion, feline whisker fatigue is a condition that can cause discomfort, stress, and anxiety for cats. Bistro Cat knew this when we designed our product. Having witnessed our pretty kitties struggling with it in the past, we knew that our food cups needed to be shallow. So we’ve designed our cups to maximize surface area which ensures that every cat can lick entire cup clean, while making whisker fatigue a thing of the past.