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Hi I am new on this group. Has anyone heard of Whisker fatigue in cats when it comes to eating their food?

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I use small plates for Bug’s food. @Knylei, thanks for the article; I’d be so sad if my boy had this!


I switched to plates for my cats dry food quite a long time ago. I use a full sized Corelle turkey platter to serve their kibble which they have available 24/7. The plate has a sloped edge so it helps them when they need it - but won't bother their whiskers. (Also Corelle is non-porous - a must have.).

They use bowls for wet food - but those are large enough to accommodate the whiskers.

I realized they were leaving food behind and discovered this issue. The larger the kitty - the bigger the whiskers.

I guess it would be like someone messing with your eyelashes while you were trying to eat? Eventually you'd avoid food.

RavenCT Level 9 Apr 24, 2019

I hadn't heard of it, but it's a legitimate thing. I've never had such a problem. I found an article that explains it and offers some solutions, if you're experiencing it.


Kynlei Level 8 Apr 24, 2019

thanks for the article it explains a lot.
cheers scout


Sounds serious! Hahaha!

MojoDave Level 9 Apr 23, 2019

I've had cats most of my life and this is the first I've heard of it.

Hi Its when a cat say has problems getting their food out of the bowl because he has no teeth (old) so as he tries using his tongue more he gets his whiskers over stimulated and he stops trying to eat until the over stimulation calms down. My daughter told me this about my cat. I had never heard of it either.

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