WHISKER FATIGUE – FAKE NEWS OR FELINE FACT?
Have you ever wondered why your cat pulls the food out of its bowl only to munch on the tasty morsel directly adjacent, leaving a mess to clean up?
Whiskers are sense organs with a high degree of specialized nerve endings that are quite sensitive. It has recently been hypothesised that cats feel pain eating out of a bowl because their whiskers are in constant contact with the edges of the bowl and may even be getting static electricity shocks through their whiskers.
We have all experienced a “zap” of static electricity and it sure makes you jump. Imagine if it happened in an extremely sensitive organ?
It’s an interesting thought. There is currently no research or evidence to support the theory but we all agree a cat’s whiskers are very sensitive.
What we do know is stainless steel bowls are better than plastic for preventing feline chin acne, a common dermatologic condition affecting cats, and some cats prefer to eat out of a larger bowl.
We’d love to hear from the cat owners out there! What do you think? Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us your thoughts. We have a pinned post on our Facebook page where you can post your thoughts. Tell us what you think.
Just remember a change in appetite is a serious symptom and should be fully and carefully investigated by your veterinarian. If you love cats, come and see us at Treendale Pet Medical because your best friend is our world.