Encouraging Play In Household Cats and Reducing Overeating #cats #truenatureofcats #sponsored

Disclosure: I received complimentary 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.

In my first True Nature of Cats post, I introduced you to the journey I’m on with Purina One to learn more about my cats’ behaviors. I experimented with the placement of the food dishes in the kitchen and discovered that my cats do not like change. Now, I’m on a new mission. I’m determined to discover when each of my cats is the most active so I can schedule play time during that time.

I have also been working on Gracie’s eating habits. Not only does she eat too fast but she eats too much. Gracie has gained a considerable amount of weight since she was spayed. Purina researchers understand that weight gain can occur after spaying/neutering. This is one of the many reasons they created Purina One Healthy Metabolism. Gracie is being fed both wet and dry Healthy Metabolism. She has also started using the Tiger Diner {more on this later} and we are working on increasing her activity level.

I would be remiss if I did not tell you that since my last post, my sweet boy Zeus passed away. Zeus had an untreatable and malignant form of cancer that eventually overtook his body. He stopped eating, drinking, and had difficulty moving. It was obvious he was in pain. As a result, my husband and I made the VERY difficult decision to have Zeus put to sleep. Zeus was with us for 16 years and he never met a stranger. When I’m able, I plan on writing a special tribute post to Zeus. The emotions are still too raw right now for me to compose such a post. Until then…RIP my sweet boy.

Kimberly– Chief blogger

When Purina researchers observed African cats in the wild, they noticed that the majority have ideal body weights. This is probably due to the fact that African wildcats have to hunt for their food so they only eat when hungry. They’re also quite active in the wild. In contrast, our house cats have food available to them 24 hours a day, no hunting required. Even though Gracie, Bear, Bandit, and Spitfire don’t hunt for their food, they still exhibit hunting behaviors. Have you ever seen your cat crouch down and act like he’s stalking his prey? Those are the hunting behaviors that cats innately have.

To encourage physical activity, Purina researchers recommend using toys that bring out cats’ hunting behaviors. Gracie’s favorite toys are her catnip stuffed mouse and a fishing pole-style cat toy.

Gracie likes to play in the afternoon and evening times. She loves using her paws to capture the feather on the end of the pole. She will jump in the air and gladly chase after the feather. She’s too cute when she leaps around!

Gracie honing her hunting skills #truenatureofcats {sponsored}

 

Bear and Bandit are both senior cats so they seldom engage in play with me. Before his fur brother passed away, Bear used to play with his moo-moo {stuffed cow toy}. He hasn’t played with it since Zeus died. Bandit will play with a catnip toy if she’s by herself and no other cats are around. When she does play, she uses all four paws and really gets into it. She gnashes on the toy with her teeth and throws it up in the air and then pounces on it.  She’s a natural hunter if ever I’ve seen one!!

Spitfire….my poor boy :(. He was really close to his buddy Zeus. Since Zeus’s passing, Spitfire walks around the house howling, scratching at closed doors, and refusing to engage in any of his regular play behaviors. Our veterinarian assures me that this is a normal grieving reaction in cats. It breaks my heart.

Ever since Gracie was spayed, she has easily doubled her weight. We have tried limiting her access to food but in a multi-cat household it is very difficult to do so. She also overeats, and then she vomits, and then she eats some more. I have seen this behavior in shelter pets before. It’s a learned behavior and is related to feelings of food insecurity. Since I want Gracie to be healthy, I’m really working hard on portion control and weight loss. This past week I introduced her to the Tiger Diner.

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She has been eating from it all week {I’m happy to say}. It has definitely slowed down her gorging habit. The proof is in the numbers——>Gracie lost one pound!!

Kimberly– Chief blogger

I definitely recommend watching this short video on Healthy Metabolism for Spayed/Neutered Cats. It’s quite informative.


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Until next week, Gracie, Bear, Bandit, and Spitfire say meow {what else did you think they were going to say ;)}!

Kimberly--Blog Owner

Kimberly is the owner and editor of Saving More Than Me.  She started blogging in 2009–one year after receiving a Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis. She lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and five fur kids. If you’d like to learn more about Kimberly {including what subjects her Master’s degrees are in}, click here.

Kimberly--Blog Owner

Kimberly--Blog Owner

Comments

  1. We used to have a Spitfire. He was less than a year old when he found us. We had him a few years. One day he went outside and didn’t come back. I have a friend who lives down the road. A cat looking like Spits showed up in her colony of cats. Spits had no cats to play with up here. We have a 16 year old cat who he always wanted to pounce on. Precious had other ideas. We now have a 7 year old long haired calico who found us a few years ago. She’s our laid back girl.

  2. We used to have a Spitfire. He was less than a year old when he found us. We had him a few years. One day he went outside and didn’t come back. I have a friend who lives down the road. A cat looking like Spits showed up in her colony of cats. Spits had no cats to play with up here. We have a 16 year old cat who he always wanted to pounce on. Precious had other ideas. We now have a 7 year old long haired calico who found us a few years ago. She’s our laid back girl.

  3. I have one of those dry food feeders for my two. It keeps them from inhaling their kibble. Now I just need a way to keep one of them from inhaling her wet food! Then she might lose some weight.

  4. I would actually love one of these for my small dog! She paws out one piece at a time of her food like its a game.

  5. My sister’s cat totally needs this. He’s such a porker even though he plays all day!

  6. We had a cat who was so bone-skinny when we got her that we thought she’d never fatten up. She ended up getting to be over 25 pounds before she passed on!! She was on a diet for years. We miss her so much. :(

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