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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Do You "Hide" Your Cat's Meals?

                  Do what with my meals? Are you kidding me?

Yes, hide your cat's meals...preferably in a room where they can hunt, play with and then eat their prey, 'er, food by themselves. This feeding strategy is said to mimic a cat's natural behavior as a solitary hunter. According to this fascinating article in today's New York Times, "In their natural environment, cats eat about 12 times a day, feasting on small prey like mice and birds...They also toss their prey around in a form of play that is essential to their well-being," said one veterinarian quoted in the article.

Based on this science, another veterinarian, Dr. Liz Bales, came up with a product she dubbed "A No-Bowl Feeding System", set to make its debut next month, that will "stimulate cats' natural feeding habits". Parental Unit has been fascinated by the hunting behavior of cats since she interviewed Dr. Tony Buffington from The Ohio State University about his 35 plus years of research with cats—his interview is condensed in a blog post from 2014 for your reading pleasure.

Let us know what you think of this "No-Bowl Feeding System" and whether you ever help your favorite felines to hunt for and/or play with their food. We'd love to hear your stories!


Louis the Blogging Dog said...

Ha If they did that in this house I would find all the kitty food and woof it back! Problem is that the kitty food is bad for dogz! My pees hafta put the kitty food up high where I can't reach it cause to me it tastes better than my own! BTW I love yr blog! Woof!

meowmeowmans said...

Interesting. We would have to remember where we hid the meals, just in case our cats do not find them. :)

Duke said...

We are happy to hear they hide the cat's meals and not ours!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Interesting. We'll pass this along to kitty friends.
Lily & Edward

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