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Whisker Fatigue: What is it and how it affects your cat’s health?

Studies have concluded that your cat’s whiskers can be a direct correlation to your cat’s eating behavior and overall health. A cat’s whiskers act as high-powered antennae that pull signals into their brain and nervous system. They are an extension to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves that automatically respond to the internal and external environments without conscious control (like the pupils constricting in response to bright light). The whiskers are extremely sensitive, rooted deep into the skin, with a generous supply of nerves and blood around them.

The whiskers of a cat help them to figure out how she will fit in spaces. Because they are extensions of the central nervous system they are also an emotional barometer. For example, if their whiskers are relaxed and sticking out sideways, they are calm. If they are pushed forward, that means they are excited and alert, if they are flattened against their cheeks, they are angry or scared. It is very important to never cut the whiskers of a cat, they will become disoriented, dizzy and confused because they are no longer receiving navigation signals.

Whisker Fatigue can be thought of as an information overload that stresses out your cat. On a daily basis, there is a barrage of “messages” that could stress out your cat, eventually causing what some people call whisker fatigue. Your cat inadvertently finds stimulation in the most common and ever-present situations, like at their food or water bowl. If their whiskers touch the sides of the bowl every time they dip their head to eat or drink, this can cause whisker fatigue. Because the whiskers are an extension to the nervous systems then we must relate the qi (chi) or energy lines of the cat are also being disrupted, this could result in a gastrointestinal upset. Your cat’s behavior at their food or water bowl will tip you off that they are stressed.

Signs of Whisker Fatigue:

Pacing in front of the bowls

Being reluctant to eat but appearing to be hungry

Pawing at food and knocking it to the floor before eating it

Acting aggressively toward other animals around food

What to do:

Feed them from a flat plate

Allow a drinking fountain or large water bowl

Give them a daily dose of Soothing Solution to calm the nerves

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