I think it goes without saying that I love my cats. When I was asked to go on a four week long journey to discover the true nature of cats with Purina ONE, I really thought that I wouldn’t learn very much. I’ve had cats my entire life and really thought that I knew a lot about them…boy, was I wrong!
My cats are always doing weird things, like staking claim to any suitcase they find. I always thought it was because they like my scent and want to be close to it…
But I learned from Purina ONE’s True Nature of Cats journey that they actually do this because they like to find spots to hide while still being able to see around them. Cats in the wild need safe spaces to relax while still being able to watch out for predators. So when our cats hide like this, it’s just their natural instincts kicking in!
After we bought the cats a new cat tree house, they spend less time hiding under the bed and in boxes and more time in the tree house.
Of course, there are some things that our cats do that just don’t make sense at all…like Gizmo’s fascination with people food! She loves strawberries and always steals them from my plate when I am snacking while blogging!
I was finally able to find the new Purina ONE SmartBlend wet food in our local grocery store two weeks ago, and I’ve begun to feed all of our cats wet food twice a day, while still leaving their bowls of dry food for them to munch on throughout the day.
You’d think I was feeding them caviar, they love it so much! Wild cats normally receive most of their moisture from their prey – think guts, blood…ew – so it’s better for them to eat wet food that is more similar to what they’d eat in the wild.
Much of our cat’s behavior, as well as what they need to be healthy and happy in our home environments, can be linked to their natural instincts.
To dig deeper into these roots, Purina ONE sent a team of experts made up of two behaviorists, a veterinarian and a nutritionist to South Africa to research the African Wildcat, a wild ancestor of domestic cats. Along with input from local experts on the species, the team’s discoveries have helped us build this series of activities – each tailored to help our domestic cats live their true nature.
The True Nature of Cats Journal allows cat owners to document their journey with notes and photos along with the ability to share their accomplishments with friends or members of the True Nature of Cats community. You find the Purina ONE journal here.
Purina ONE SMARTBlend Healthy Metabolism Giveaway
Two lucky winners will receive a full value coupon for one package of Purina ONE SMARTBlend Healthy Metabolism dry cat food (up to $13.99 value) and two full value coupons for four cans of Purina ONE SMARTBlend Healthy Metabolism wet cat food (up to $3.97 value for each coupon).
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This giveaway is open to US residents and ends at midnight on June 5th, 2013. I received coupons from Purina ONE as part of my involvement in the True Nature of Cats Journey, but all opinions are my own. I love kitties!