What is Whisker Fatigue in Cats?

Whisker fatigue in cats.

Feline whiskers have wonderful abilities and serve important purposes beyond adding to the cuteness quotient of kittens and adult cats. Whiskers are uber-sensitive and provide felines with valuable information about their surroundings. These long, thick, tactile hairs send signals to a cat’s brain and sensory system. These signals help cats navigate in the dark, detect changes in air movement, and let them know if they can squeeze into tight spaces. 

But what happens when a cat’s sensitive whiskers become overstimulated with too much touch? Whisker fatigue (sometimes called whisker stress) can be the result of a cat’s whiskers brushing against too many things and transmitting an onslaught of messages to the cat’s brain.