As you might recall, I recently took a trip out to the Purina ONE headquarters in St. Louis, where I became involved in the True Nature of Cats program. I love my cats, and as much as I have always tried to give them everything they need, I didn’t know a fraction of what I needed to know about their nature to help them live happy and fulfilled lives!
I began switching Stripes and Tigger over to the new Purina ONE Healthy Metabolism dry cat food a few weeks ago, and they’ve transitioned nicely! I had originally planned on incorporating the wet variety into their diets last week, but I’ve been unable to find it in stores. I’ll keep looking and hopefully find it soon! One of the things I learned while reading up on Purina ONE’s True Nature of Cats movement is that in the wild, cats don’t really drink a lot of water. They get most of their moisture from their prey, so it’s important to feed your house cats wet food.
We’ve been experimenting with the different puzzle feeders that were sent to us by Purina ONE, and because we received two boxes of fun stuff, I took the second box to the Humane Society of Greater Miami. With an entire second floor full of cats that are not likely to be adopted, I thought it would be nice for them to have a little extra fun supplies.
We’ve already begun playing with our cats more often using some of the toys that were sent to me by Purina ONE. While Stripes and Tigger are a bit lazy – they’re 7 and 9 years old, after all – they do play with the silly little feather toy, the Da Bird fishing pole style cat toy…so much so, that we’ve already had to order a replacement pack off of Amazon!
As I mentioned in a previous post, cats actually have a physical need to hunt and play – hunting their food actually helps cats have better digestion! Did you know that African Wildcats are actually cuddly after they hunt and stalk their food and finish their meal?
Now that we are playing with the cats more, and using the puzzle feeders, Tarzan and Gizmo have been more cuddly after eating too!
Puzzle feeders and interactive play feeders appeal to your cats natural hunting instincts and allow them to use their paws. This behavior is a natural instinct and your cats will be happier when they are able to “hunt” and play with their food like their ancestors did!
You can learn all about the true nature of your own cat on the True Nature of Cats Movement section of PurinaONE.com. I highly recommend checking it out – cats are such complex creatures that you’d be surprised at how much there is to learn about them!
I have a little game that I play with Tarzan and Gizmo. When they come to snuggle with me before bed, I move my feet from one side of the bed to the other and they chase after them. They could chase my feet all day long, but of course I can’t stay in bed all day – no matter how much I love that idea! ha!
I introduced the Mystery Mouse to Tarzan and Gizmo last week, it’s a fun little toy that mimics that very same movement.
They played with it for a bit but no matter which setting I put it on, they weren’t too interested in it. Stripes wouldn’t even look at it.
I don’t know what’s wrong with these cats, maybe they’re spoiled by too many fun toys and don’t get as excited as easily as they used to.
Something that the kittens really loved playing with was the KONG Cat Wobler. I filled them full of treats and rolled it around so that one treat would fall out so that the kittens understood how they worked.
Here’s a little video of them playing with them! Stripes hasn’t shown any interest in it yet, I think he’s so spoiled by being hand fed his treats that he’s not interested in working for them!
You can find out more about the Purina ONE True Nature of Cats Movement on the Purina ONE Facebook page here!
I am participating in the Purina ONE True Nature of Cats blogging program, where I will share with you my experiences with my cats using fun toys sent to me by Purina ONE. All opinions are my own!