The Truth Behind Whisker Fatigue
We're fairly knowledgeable when it comes to all things cats, but when We first heard about ‘whisker fatigue’ We thought it was just another clever marketing gimmick to help drive sales of designer cat food bowls. We've since realised there’s more to it than that, so we designed a bowls that would help any cat with Whisker Fatigue.
Whilst a cat’s whiskers are essentially just thick, long hairs that protrude from the sides of their face what makes them special and ultra-sensitive is the fact there is a sensory organ called a proprioceptor at the end of each whisker, which sends messages to the cat’s brain and nervous system.
A cat’s whiskers are so sensitive that they can detect movements in the air — sensing the size and shape of nearby objects before they reach them. This allows a cat to sense and navigate around a piece of furniture in a room in the dark of night, judge tight spaces and whether they’ll fit, and sense the outline of prey when hunting to capture and kill in the most effective way (even it’s only a toy mouse in the comfort of your lounge room).
Whiskers are vitally important to your cat, so if they get damaged, fatigued or become stressed by coming into frequent contact with a surface such as the side of a food bowl during meal times it can cause huge discomfort. This can quickly turn meal times from a pleasurable experience for your cat into a stressful and painful situation. A water bowl with high sides can cause the same problem for cats that suffer from whisker fatigue.
Signs of Whisker Fatigue
If your cat exhibits any of the following behaviours at meal times, whisker fatigue could be the problem:
- Paws or pulls food out of the bowl before eating from the floor
- Makes a huge food mess on the floor
- Leaves food in the bowl but still seems to be hungry
- Eats only from the centre of the bowl
- Hesitates before eating – stands near the bowl or paces around the outside
- Insists that the bowl be filled to the brim when it’s not empty
- Behaves aggressively towards other pets at meal times.
Preventing Whisker Fatigue
Cats are known for their finicky eating habits. Often we assume that when a cat isn’t eating at meal times, the problem is the food. But sometimes, and especially if your cat is showing signs of whisker fatigue, the problem could be the food bowl.
Preventing whisker fatigue is simple, you just need to minimise any contact between food and water bowls and your cat’s whiskers. Opt for wide and shallow bowls that allow your cat to eat and drink comfortably rather than deep bowls that force your cat’s whiskers into uncomfortable contact with the bowl as he eats or drinks.
We have created a product that will help your cat with Whisker Fatigue.
PostureCat Anti-Vomiting Orthopaedic Cat Bowls are tilled, meaning that the bowls rest on a slope so that kitty's food falls towards them. Their whiskers won't touch and they'll have easier access to their meals.