Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

For cats, whiskers are much more than facial hair. Cat whiskers act as antennas that pull signals into their brain and nervous system. They provide your cat with information regarding the environment around them. Whiskers can help your cat move around in the dark, hunting prey, and help determine if they can squeeze into incredibly tight spots between the couch and the wall.

Whisker fatigue is basically an information overload that stresses out cats. Whiskers are sensitive, every time cats come into contact with an object or detects movement, even a small change in the air, messages are transmitted to their brain. One of the most common causes of whisker fatigue is when cats whiskers come in contact with the sides of the pet dish every time they dip their head to drink or eat. This simple and necessary act can cause whisker fatigue. It’s also important that you DO NOT cut cat whiskers. Trimming whiskers mutes their expression and dims their perceptions of their environment. 

Some signs of whisker fatigue to watch for include pacing in front of their pet bowls, being reluctant to eat but appear to be hungry, pawing at food and/or knocking it to the floor before eating or acting aggressive toward other animals around food.


Petique's 2-in-1 Pet Dish


A simple way to avoid whisker fatigue is to get a wider bowl, such as our wide and nontoxic 2-in-1 Pet Dish Bowl! Our 2-in-1 Pet Dish Bowl is plant based, eco-friendly, and travel friendly. Your cats long whiskers won’t touch the side of this dish bowl. You also can snap them together and take them anywhere! It doesn’t absorb odors and is completely biodegradable!

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Located in Ontario, California, Petique, Inc. is a women owned business specializing in non-toxic pet supplies and consumables that help your dogs, cats, and small animals live a longer and healthier life. As pet owners, we share a passion in creating a safe, healthy and fun environment for your furry family members. We strive to create high quality pet products that conserve ecological resources whenever possible, while avoiding depletion of natural resources. With more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing, product development and design, we take pride in creating eco-friendly and non-toxic items, reliable travel gear and innovative products. Contact us today, visit our website or call (909) 673-0998.

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