Cats are natural hunters who require regular activity. To increase the amount of movement in your cat’s day, stop feeding them in a bowl and instead let them “hunt” for their food.
Rather of just placing your cat’s meals in a bowl or on a dish, you may encourage your cat’s natural hunting drive by purchasing or making feeding puzzles. Mealtime becomes an involved activity, providing richness to your cat’s day.
Puzzle feeders for cat feeding
Dr. Jamie Richardson, DVM of Small Door Veterinary, advocates giving your cat puzzle and interactive toys to play with on their own.
Nina Ottosson puzzle toys and Doc & Phoebe’s Indoor Hunting Feeder are specially recommended by Dr. Richardson.” The KONG Cat Treat Dispensing Ball is another alternative. Although intended for treats, depending on the side/shape of your cat’s kibble, you can also use this to dispense dry cat food as part of lunchtime. These toys make it possible for your cat to “work” for their food by finding out how to interact with the puzzles/treat dispensers in order to release the food.
Using DIY puzzles, you can train your cat to seek for food.
You can simply make puzzles for your cat to find goodies in by reusing delivery boxes. Take empty boxes and leave them open or cut holes in them for your cat to “fish” in with her paws. Then, fill the boxes with all or a portion of your cat’s kibble for a meal. Your cat will have an interactive meal that gives mental activity and interest by dispersing the dish among various boxes of varying sizes and shapes.
You can give your cat wet food while still making mealtime fun.
If your cat consumes wet food for part or all of his meals, you may still incorporate enrichment into his diet. The Doc & Phoebe Wet Feeder is intended to provide enrichment as your cat eats while also slowing him down to prevent him from scarfing his meal. Slow feeders for wet food can also be made using food-safe silicone plates, cupcakes, and cake molds. Most supermarkets sell them in a variety of forms in the baking or culinary area. By distributing wet food about, the silicone’s forms and texture provide something fascinating for your cat to lick, and she will have to work hard to get all of the food out.
Feed your cat by looking for possibilities.
In addition to utilizing or building puzzles for feeding your cat, you may give your cats more of a hunting experience by repurposing cat furniture from around the house. Distribute your cat’s pre-measured kibble into cat tunnels, cat trees, or other climbing spots. This is an excellent approach to raise your cat’s general physical activity level since he will have to go in search of his supper rather than simply eating from a dish. After feeding, sterilize.
How to Include Difficulties
Most cats like adding enrichment to their meal time. The more you practice, the better your cat will get at “hunting” for food. You may gradually increase the search/puzzles you supply to make them more difficult. To make the quest more difficult, you may combine many boxes into puzzle constructions.
Monitor your cat as it is “hunting” for food to ensure that it finds all of its food and gets enough to eat.
If you have numerous cats, it’s important to keep them apart at meals. This is especially true if you’ve hidden food for your cat to find. This ensures that each cat receives an adequate serving of food at each meal. It will also avoid conflict or bullying among the cats as they forage for food.