Discovering The #truenatureofcats At Mealtime: See How My Cats Behave #sponsored #cats

Disclosure: I received free items from Purina in order to facilitate my True Nature Of Cats journey. No other form of compensation has been received. Regardless, all opinions expressed are 100% mine and are accurately reflected in this post.

When Purina One invited me to participate in their True Nature Of Cats movement, I was more than excited. First, you have my attention as soon as you mention the word “cats.” Second, Zeus, Spitfire, Gracie, Bandit, and Bear have been eating Purina One dry cat food for the last several years. Finally, as a naturally inquisitive person, I often wonder why in the heck my cats do the things they do.

Here are a few examples:

  • Zeus likes to hang out on top of the dining room table even though he knows he’s not supposed to be up there.
  • Bandit likes to climb my bookshelves.
  • Spitfire howls like a wolf in the middle of the night.
  • Gracie hordes food and
  • Bear carries his moo-moo around the house like it’s his baby. FYI: A moo-moo is the term we use for his small plush cow toy from Chick Fil-A. Bear loves those little black and white cows 😉

Thankfully I’m not the only person who wants to learn about her cat’s behaviors. Purina One does also which is why they sent a team of researchers over to Africa to study the African wildcat in his natural environment. Why the African wildcat you ask? Because it is believed that the African Wildcat is the wild ancestor that was first domesticated 9,000 years ago. In other words, our cats share a lineage with the African Wildcat!! Is that cool or what?!

So let’s talk food. As active hunters, African wildcats value every meal that they catch which is why once they catch something tasty, they’re on high alert for a rival to come and steal their chow. Cats in multiple cat households may feel the same way–always worrying that another cat is going to steal their food at mealtime.

By instinct, cats do not like to feel cornered at mealtime. Eating from a bowl placed in the corner of a room may make the cats edgy and jumpy. Oooops. Is this why my cats fight at mealtime? To try to appeal to their natural instincts, I participated in an experiment—I moved the location of their food bowls. Instead of in the corner, all of the cats’ food bowls were moved to the center of the kitchen.

Hopefully, having a clear view of the space around them will put them at ease and make them feel as if they have an escape route. Cats don’t like feeling trapped.

So, did changing the location of the food dishes decrease the turmoil in my household at meal time? Let’s find out.



bandit is not happy #truenatureofcats

Bandit apparently does not like the change. She is not happy at all and she refuses to eat with the bowls in the center of the kitchen.

ZEUS, GRACIE AND SPITFIRE #truenatureofcats

Zeus {the oldest}, Gracie, and Spitfire have no issue with the change although they keep an eye on each other throughout mealtime.

Aren’t we missing a cat? Oh yeah!!!

Bear waits until his brothers and sisters have left the area and only then does he enter the kitchen to eat.

bear likes to eat alone #truenatureofcats

After mealtime, I return the lilypad placemats to their respective corners and guess who shows up?


bandit on lilypad #truenatureofcats

Can I have dinner now Mom? Oy.

After about a week of this, I decide that the cats are obviously more comfortable in their respective corners with their own bowls. They still get grumpy with each other at mealtime but guess what? This is normal cat behavior!!


Gracie, Zeus, Spitfire, Bear, and Bandit eat Purina ONE® SMARTBlend® Healthy Metabolism™ wet cat food. This blend of cat is food is specially made for spayed or neutered cats. Once a cat is spayed or neutered, their body can undergo changes. They may experience a drop in hormone levels, a shift that can often translate to a slower metabolism, decreased activity, and in turn, weight gain. Purina ONE® SMARTBlend® Healthy Metabolism™ is designed to help these cats burn fat more efficiently and maintain a healthy weight. This is good news because Gracie needs to drop a few!

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    May 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I had a cat that used to climb on top of the cabinets when it wanted to eat. It was crazy!

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    Sarah Sackett
    May 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

    My old cat had similar issues and this was great insight! We ended up feeding him on top of a shelf so that he felt safe from the dog!

    It’s funny, I think they even learn it from the time they are kittens! I’ve fostered a number of litters and they always have different dynamics at feeding time – there is often one little bossy one and sometimes one that I need to separate and pay extra attention to make sure he gets some food! 😉

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      Kimberly {Chief Blogger}
      May 30, 2013 at 1:38 am

      So true Sarah! We have a bit of a “pecking order” with our cats too! There’s always an assertive one and then there’s the one who waits until the very end to eat—when most of the food is gone or picked over 😉

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