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WHAT IS WHISKER FATIGUE?

Whisker fatigue is a over stimulation of the sensory system in the whiskers. The whiskers contain touch receptors that connect to the cat's nervous system. They communicate to


the cat, it's external environment, such as where the wall is, who is in its vicinity, which way the wind is blowing. So in a sense, whisker fatigue is like a small seizure that the cat is experiencing.





SYMPTOMS


The symptoms of whisker fatigue often includes:

  1. Refusal to eat or drink from their usual bowl

  2. Pacing in front of bowl and meowing as if something is not right

  3. Trying to pull food from the bowl

  4. Acting more aggresive around food or treats when it is given in bowls


TREATMENTS


Thankfully combating whisker fatigue is a relatively easy process. Since most manufactures now understand the concept of whisker fatigue, feeding bowls now have wider opening and shallower bases so that the cat's whiskers do not brush against the surface of the bowl.



Should you take your cat to the vet? Usually not because simple adjustments to the crockery your cat is eating from can alleviate symptoms of whisker fatigue. However, if your cat is still showing syptoms of whisker fatigue, then it would be best to take your cat to a trained specialist


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