While many cats are perfectly content to sleep all day, life would be very different if their food wasn’t provided for them in a bowl. Cats are born hunters. They usually hunted an average of seven times a day. No wonder they can easily gain weight when they run out of energy to eat.
One way to help your cat stay fit and healthy is to turn their food into a game of hunting. We can hide their food, put it in interactive toys, or even make our own toys to encourage them to “hunt”. This is great fun for your cat, while also helping to maintain a healthy body.
If your cat has never hunted before, you may need to keep things simple at first. And remember, the best motivation for hunting is a little hunger. So don’t expect your cat to want to work for their food with just one large bowl sitting there!
- Use an empty beverage bottle to make your own dry food dispenser. Just take the lid off and put some dry food or treats inside. First of all, you may need to show your cat how to roll it to get the food out.
- Hide groceries under boxes or in a paper bag. Make sure your cat can’t put its head in the bag, so a lunch bag is an ideal size.
- Toys like this food ball will keep your cat entertained for a while.
- Recycle your toilet rolls by turning them into toys. Just seal each end with paper and tape, then put dry food in it and punch some holes in the roll so your cat can roll it around to get food out.
- Put groceries in small (unbreakable) bowls in raised places like the top of the bookcase or in a cupboard.
- Put a teaspoon of your cat’s food in each section of a muffin tin. This works for both wet and dry food.
- Sprinkle food on the floor. Even walking around looking for something to eat is a lot more exercise than going to the food bowl seven times (or more!) A day.