This might be the true reason why your kitty cat is a really picky eater!
You hear it all the time: “My cat is so picky with her food! I offer her the very best cat food, and she just rejects it!” So, we wonder, What’s with that and why? The true reason may have to do with your cat’s sensitive whiskers.
Aren’t kitty whiskers just hair you may ask? Nope, not really. More than attractive adornment, feline whiskers, or vibrissae, are actually specialized “touch receptors”. They actuall connect to the cat’s muscular and nervous systems. A cat`s astounding ability to safely execute rapid, also graceful maneuvers, for example, relies on this sensory connection. Vibrissae actually signal even the smallest changes in a cat’s environment. They give the kitty “a heightened sense of feeling” enabling it to respond accordingly “sort of like kitty radar” .
A recent theory of some feline experts is that cats actually may experience stress (whisker fatigue). This can occur when their delicate whiskers repeatedly bump the sides of their food or water dishes as they eat and drink. Although scientific research on whisker fatigue is not available yet, numerous cat owners and veterinary opinions about this matter are all over the Internet. Cat owners also report that feeding time behaviors they initially were characterized as “pickiness” quickly disappeared when food was offered in wider (whisker-span width), shallow dishes.
Dr Neil Marrinan notes that stress can be revealed in their behavior at their food and also water bowls. “Some signs to watch for include pacing in front of the bowls, also being reluctant to eat but appearing to be hungry, pawing at food and knocking it to the floor before eating it, or acting aggressive toward other animals around food”.
Several pet related businesses now offer the “whisker friendly” cat dishes. While the traditional or price conscious among us may favor a standard, wide, shallow plate or a bowl. Keep in mind, though, that no dish is likely to solve all your “finicky feline” issues because after all, we are talking about cats.