Does your cat get nervous as meals approach? Is he used to putting his food on the floor before eating it? Or even he avoids eating and / or drinking as much as possible? He may be a victim of mustache fatigue!
Whiskers fatigue: a real disease?
You know, whiskers, also called whiskers , are absolutely essential to our feline friends. First of all, they allow them to find their bearings in space , especially at night. And for good reason, they can detect movements in the air and thus determine the size and shape of nearby obstacles, which allows cats to move easily in any type of space , especially restricted. Their mustaches thus help them to measure the width of the passages .
If the whiskers of cats are so efficient, it is because they each have a sensory organ at their end, which sends messages to the brain and nervous system of cats. This body is in fact responsible for transmitting a lot of information on the environment that surrounds felines.
Thus, the whiskers are physically hypersensitive and the slightest overload of information can prove complicated to manage for the animal. This is called fatigue of the whiskers. This fatigue occurs especially when the cat is forced to rub its whiskers against the edges of its bowl of water or food for example, to be able to drink or eat.
This can cause a very unpleasant sensation , even considerable discomfort, generating a lot of stress . Thus, the whiskers fatigue is not what one could call a disease, but rather an anxiety provoked by the repeated contact of the whiskers against surfaces.
Signs of mustache fatigue
Often, the food problems experienced by cats are explained by the fatigue of the whiskers. But, as this disorder is not well known, the owners generally think that their feline is simply capricious , even a little crazy. But if, during the meal, your cat exhibits one or more of the following behaviors, fatigue of the whiskers can be the cause:
- With his legs, he drops the food from his bowl to the ground before eating it. Likewise with water.
- He delicately takes the food from his bowl and places it on the ground to eat it.
- He refuses to eat if the bowl is not full to the brim.
- The cat leaves food in its bowl but still seems to be hungry.
- He only eats what is in the center of the bowl.
- He puts food everywhere around his bowl when he eats.
- The cat hesitates before eating: it stands without moving near its bowl or goes around it several times. He almost seems to be afraid to approach it.
- It is aggressive with other pets during meals.
How to prevent mustache fatigue in cats?
To prevent your cat from falling victim to the whiskers fatigue , it’s simple: you just have to replace its bowls of water and deep and narrow food with bowls or large and shallow bowls (plate type flat). Thus, your fur ball will not be forced to rub its whiskers against the edges to eat, thus avoiding unnecessary stress.
In addition, prefer stainless steel bowls . Indeed, the latter are less likely to harbor bacteria than plastic bowls. In addition, cats generally hate the smell of plastic , and some are even allergic to it .
Even after changing your cat’s bowls, your cat still seems uncomfortable during meals and refuses to eat? In this case, a visit to the veterinarian is essential.