Cat Project Archives for February 4-8, 2019.
4, 2019: "Cats seem to go on the principle that it
never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: CATch of the day.
Cat Mewvie: "Get the drone!"
Feline Art: "When Life
Is Shit At Least There Are Cats",
Your Cat Suffer From Whisker Stress?
by Brndon Forder
Cats have between 8 and 12 whiskers on each side of their face. Whiskers
help to enhance a cat’s senses, especially their short-distance
vision, by providing information about their environment.
In fact, cats can measure air flow with their whiskers! Most importantly,
cats use their whiskers to gain information about objects they come into
contact with, which ultimately helps to navigate their surroundings more
It is commonly believed that whiskers are hair, as they often shed just
like hair, however whiskers are actually filled with sensitive nerve
endings and blood vessels. The whiskers on a cat’s face do the
majority of the work, however cats also have whiskers above their eyes,
on their chin, and also on their legs. Receptors in the whiskers are
designed to feed your cat important information when touching objects,
such as how far away an object is, its texture, and more.
Considering kitty whiskers are so sensitive, it can be quite unpleasant
for them to touch certain objects, especially repeatedly. Sensitive whiskers
can make mealtimes troublesome for certain cats. If a cat’s bowl
is too narrow to reach their food or water without their whiskers touching
the sides, they may be affected by 'whisker stress'.
Whisker stress is usually easy to identify. If a cat only eats their
food at the very top of their bowl, yet begs for more, this could be
a sign. Although many cat owners believe behaviours like these are signs
of fussy eating (it certainly can be), it may actually be a cat’s
way of communicating they are uncomfortable with their eating arrangements,
not the food itself. A cat may meow or hang around their bowl without
eating to show that they’re unhappy. Cats who scoop food or water
out of their bowl may also be experiencing stress from whisker interference.
In the case of water, some cats also dislike getting their whiskers wet.
When a single whisker touches an object just enough to move a distance
smaller than the width of a human hair, it sends signals to your cat’s
brain. This is an important function that tells your cat whether or not
they can fit through a narrow space, for example. This extreme sensitivity
explains why certain cats are so particular about their whiskers. Now
imagine a cat has to smush all of their whiskers into a restrictive bowl
in order to eat - sensory overload! This sensory feedback may overburden
some cats, resulting in behavioural changes.
Unexplained behavioural changes - especially when it comes to food, water,
and litter box habits - can be a result of whisker stress. Urinating
and defecating outside the litter box is a common sign that a cat is
voicing their displeasure. Perhaps it is whisker stress, perhaps it’s
something else. Whisker stress is a condition that may cat owners are
not fully aware of.
Cats should always have free access to fresh, clean water. The water
dish itself should be wide and shallow. Consider a continuous flow water
fountain to entice your cat and increase their water consumption. When
it comes to food, however, every cat is different; some cats are free-fed,
while others have a specific mealtime schedule. Regardless of when your
cat eats, they need to have a feline-appropriate food bowl. Food dishes
should be wide enough that they can fit their face in without the whiskers
touching the sides, and the dish should be shallow. This design encourages
unrestricted access, and may reduce or eliminate many mealtime problems.
Whiskers. Who would’ve thought they were such intricate and precise
5, 2019: "One of the most striking differences between
a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives." -
6, 2019: "I found out why cats drink out of the toilet.
My mother told me it's because the water is cold in there.
And I'm like: How did my mother know that?" - Wendy
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Thanks, but we'll let ourselves out."
Cat Mewvie: The "Valzer Triste" from "Allegro
Art: "Ocelot" by Vincius LeBeck.
7, 2019: "The smart cat doesn't let on that he is." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hark! Evil is afoot!"
Cat Mewvie: At the end they all
held up little kitty lighters.
Feline Art: "Feline
8, 2019: "Cats are notoriously sore losers. Coming
in second best, especially to someone as poorly coordinated
as a human being, grates their sensibility." - Stephen
Gratuitous Kittiness: Which princess will wear the glass slipper?
Cat Mewvie: The story of a Slav
and his Komrade Cat.
Feline Art: "Cookie
by Danial Ryan.
frozen in snowball lives to purr again.
by Angela Fritz
There’s a saying in medicine: You’re not dead until you’re
warm and dead. Turns out it applies to cats, too.
The polar vortex was raging in the Upper Midwest last week, and temperatures
had dropped below zero on the morning of Jan. 31 in the city of Kalispell,
Mont., near Glacier National Park. A cat named Fluffy — a northwest
Montana native and usually confident outdoor cat — got into some
Fluffy’s owners, who did not want to be identified, found her covered
in thick chunks of ice and snow near their home last week. They scooped
her up and immediately drove her to the vet, which is probably what saved
“She was frozen,” said Andrea Dutter, executive director of the Animal
Clinic of Kalispell. It wasn’t a rock-solid kind of frozen. But her body
temperature was below what the clinic’s thermometers could read — 90
degrees. A cat’s normal internal body temperature is 101 degrees.
“We immediately began to warm her up,” Dutter said. “Warm water,
heating pads, hot towels . . . within an hour she started grumbling at us.”
Fluffy is an indoor-outdoor cat who knows her surroundings well, Dutter
said. Once she was thawed, the veterinarians discovered that the cat
had suffered an injury that prevented her from getting back to the house,
although by the time Fluffy reached the clinic, being frozen was her
Exactly one week later, Fluffy is warm and thriving, and she isn’t
planning any more outdoor adventures.