Cat Whisker Sensitivity
The cat’s whiskers are the same width as their body so when the whiskers brush up against the sides of the entrance to a space, this is a warning that the space is too small. Whiskers also help cats move stealthily in the darkness by preventing them from running into things. The cat uses her whiskers as a tool to help keep her safe.
A cat’s whiskers are so sensitive and superbly programmed that if they move even 1/2000th of the width of a human hair, a signal is triggered and sent to the cat’s brain. Cat whiskers can even detect changes in air currents and wind.
This whisker sensitivity is why cat experts think a domestic cat needs to always have their chow bowl filled to the top. When the food level is too low in a deep and narrow dish, your cat is forced to put her face down into the bowl causing her whiskers to brush up against the sides. This whisker stress can cause discomfort for your cat and may explain why she is so adamant to have her bowl always filled.
The Trendy Pet Whisker Stress Free Bowl
I really like the design of this feeder. The sleek lines remind me of an Asian inspired design. Trendy Pet designed the wide, shallow, ceramic dish that comes with the feeder to reduce whisker stress. As you can see in the photo above, Eddie is eating whisker-stress free from this feeder that has a lot of great features.
- BPA free plastic
- Water resistant
- Easy to clean
- Rot resistant
- Will not split or delaminate like wood
- Made in the USA
- 1.6 cups / 378 ml (Capacity)
- 5.25″ / 13.3cm (Diameter)
- 1.75″ / 4.4cm (Depth)
- Dishwasher Safe
- Microwave Safe
- Oven Safe
Vicki Andrew says
I have a ragdoll with super long whiskers she has to paw food to the corner so she has extra room
I think our cat does – she’s quite nuerotic.
april brenay says
we have a very fluffy cat, she is always having issues and he spends hours trying to keep her face clean
My cat MaggieMae definitely has whisker stress. I noticed about a yr ago she wasn’t eating well, I had read about whisker stress and tried feeding her from a flat dish…after that there was no more problems with eating. She still eats from flat dishes. This would be perfect for her!
My cat might have whisker stress– he certainly freaks out when his bowl isn’t full.
i haven’t ever noticed any whisker stress but i will be watching for it now.
I have never noticed any of my cats act like it bothered them to eat, but then again, some times they do refuse to eat and that might be why.
Allison Colony says
This looks like something my cat would like to try – cool design!
Lisa D Acord says
Some of the kitties are bothered by whisker-stress but others aren’t. One of them, Jiggs, flips the food out of the bowl, which means we always have a mess on the floor. Others just eat what’s in the middle and ignore what’s on the outer edges of the bowl.
Eugenia Hall says
I think most of my cats don’t, but my half-siamese is very high strung and everything sets her off, so she probably does
I wasn’t aware about this but it is a possibility, thanks!
I’ve never thought about it but one of my cats has a tendency to eat, walk away, then come back repeatedly.
Erica Carnes says
I don’t think they suffer from it but I never even thought of this actually.
Marilyn Nawara says
He might but I’ve never really thought about it. If he does it isn’t affecting him.
Sarah M says
Such a cool idea! Great giveaway
Glogirly and Katie says
Definitely I can tell that both of them are sensitive to a bowl that has too high of sides.
Lauren Eggers says
I dont know if my cat does, I doubt it
Tammy Dusenberry Cole says
What a neat bowl !!
Melissa White says
My cat Pixie has this problem> Maybe a new dish would help.
Michelle S says
I do think that one of my boys has this issue! He actually started losing a little weight after his dish was broken and was replaced with something in a different size/shape. We’ve been trying to find the right fit for him, and would love this gorgeous bowl!
Lisa Voyce says
To be honest, I never heard of whisker stress and I don’t think they suffer from it.
My mancat does not like eating or drinking from deep bowls, so I know his whiskers are sensitive. What an ingenious and elegant solution for this problem!
Jennifer Reed says
I don’t think my cat’s suffer from whisker stress but I had never really heard of it. I really like the design of this food bowl. I think my cat would enjoy it.
My silly guy will eat a circle out of his kibble dish and then stop. I’ve gotten a fairly large bowl, but he does better with shallow small bowls that keep his whiskers from touching. This would be great!
Debra Hall says
i had never heard of this till now ,but one of my males cries if his bowl is not filled to the top
I’ve never thought about it. Maybe so.
Mihaela Day says
I think our cat sometimes suffers from whisker stress
One of our cats prefers plates to bowls because of his whiskers.
my cats would love this.!
Linda Szymoniak says
I never really thought too much about it, but we’ve had a couple of cats who would only drink from the sink (we leave the water on a low stream). They don’t like drinking from bowls. I don’t see as much issue with food, but the bowls they have for that are wider and not as deep, so that could explain it. I’m definitely going to look into changing out their bowls. I simply LOVE this one. It would actually fit in beautifully with our decor, too!
I think our cat sometimes suffers from whisker stress, she sometimes seems hesitant to eat.
Rebecca Hendricks says
Our feeding bowls are fairly big and in an elevated table, but I think whisker stress could affect the larger ones. It’s always one of the larger ones who complain when the bowls aren’t full.
Danielle Murgia says
Yes. This could be the reason she meows really loudly when her bowl is half full.
I dont think so but there are scattered pieces of food around the bowl sometimes
Lisa F. says
I don’t think so, but he does leave a few pieces scattered around his bowl after every meal.
Darlene Carbajal says
I’m not sure if my cat has whisker stress or not. She has a very small bowl where her whiskers touch the bowl. She still eats though.
Diane Therkildsen says
Samantha Daleo says
My cat won’t drink water from a bowl. I wonder if that has to do with her whiskers…
I’ve never heard of whisker stress. I use a flat plate for food but I really like the look of this!
I’ve started feeding on flat plates now but this is so cool looking! My cat might be impressed. 😉
stacey allam says
my cat wont drink water out of a bowl
sandy weinstein says
dont have cats, but i think my dogs would like this….did not know cats had whisker stress, never hard of this….
Kiska Lariska says
This is interesting… I’d love to try it.
Yes I am sure some of them do but I try to give them mostly flatter dishes but sometimes with the water dishes I think it bothers them.
Heidi Daily says
I don’t know if my cats suffer from whisker stress, I never thought about it, but it is possible when the food is low in the bowl.
Rita Spratlen says
I had never heard of this before. I have 3 cats all over 11 and almost 12.
Christine Connallon says
I just read recently about whisker stress. Hutch has a flat wet food bowl but his dry food bowl is curvy and I’m rethinking that now. What a cool giveaway!
Katie Mitchell says
I have 4 cats and I think that for sure my cat happy suffers from whiskers stress(her previous owner cut her fur and whiskers) I am sure all my cats would enjoy this bowl
Martha D. says
I think my cat is bothered sometimes, unless she’s reaaaally hungry 😛
Theresa Spaid says
I can’t really tell if they are. They eat good out of their dishes.
Shadow Dance Ranch Kittehs says
We don’t know if we suffer from whisker stress. Our Momma has always feeds us our wet food on plates and our kibble bowls and water bowls are very BIG, so no whiskers touching.
Shelley P says
Very interesting! Yes, I believe she does. When her food bowl is low I noticed she doesn’t eat as much, but as soon as I fill it up she will eat more.
Stephanie Jameson says
I do believe she does! The bowls my mom uses are way tiny and shes got a big head let alone whiskers!
Sandra Gaultois says
It’s a great plate and I would love for Jacob to try it!
Ann Richter Hickox says
The bowls I feed with are fairly shallow, but this might be easier for them to reach anyway, since they don’t have to crouch down so far, and both of mine are getting to be seniors.
sarah oswald says
Probably because I have the tiniest bowl I could find because I didn’t know that a cat needs a bowl that keeps the face from going into the bowl. I bet my cat really gets stressed when its towards the bottom of the bowl.
Natalie yeoman says
i had no idea about this so it could be possible that she does
Probably not since they feed from a plate. Though that feeding bowl is much nicer looking.
I have several cats and, yes, a couple of them obviously have this issue so I put the food on the counter for them because the bowls really seem to bother them.
J L says
I have the trio trendy pet feeder for my two cats but one of the cats -Junior does not like the food when it’s low. We end up wasting 2/3 of it because he doesn’t seem to like to put his head down into the bowl. He will scoop out kibbles to eat them but runs away when his whiskers touch. So we have to keep the bowl full. This would be purrfect for him! (Would be even better if it came in a trio!)
tina m says
My cat snickers seems to be having these issues because she has quit eating her wet food when it gets to the side of the bowl.
Janet Collins says
I think Rerun is, because, as her bowl gets empty, she pulls the food toward the side, or out of bowl…love this design, esp. the elevation of dish…
elines acevedo says
Does P.R. count as U.S.?
Playful Kitty says
What a great dish! My cats, Cinco and Manna would love it 🙂
My boy is very particular about his food and water bowls. This would be perfect!!
I like both the looks and the explanation about whisker stress.
Marbles definitely prefers a wider plate or saucer for her gushy food…and she deserves a lovely bowl to nosh from.
And Eddie and Annie look darn good too!
rhonda magnotti says
Sometimes, my cat will pull his kibble out of the bowl and onto the floor to eat it, maybe whisker stress?
Hmmm. I had no idea about this! It really does explain a lot. Gertie will let me know she’s hungry, but then so many times, just sort of hovers above and around the dish without eating until much later when I suspect she’s just way too hungry to ignore it.
Jodi Bunger says
I don’t believe my cats suffer from whisker stress since they clean their bowls well.