Cat's hunter instinct
There’s not a single cat that would say no to a happy day hunting or the thrill of stalking and chasing pray until it’s within their claws.
Home cat’s hunting skills have permeated through generations and, despite not needing to hunt to survive any more, they still display their hunting instinct when playing.
Their stalking, chasing, and capturing instincts have remained through cat’s evolution, “the only thing that has changed, is that now they do not need to eat their pray, because they already have food home”, notes veterinarian Joan Colominas, member of the Grupo de especialistas en Medicina Felina (GEMFE).
Stimulate their hunting instinct
Consequently, it is obvious, that cats no longer need to go outdoors to cap-ture their food, they can comfortably receive it at home. But it’s very impor-tant, for their wellbeing, that they can exercise all their hunter behaviour as their ancestors used to.
- Stalking and searching: you can hide food around the house or the garden. With this simple exercise, your cat will be able to practice the search and capture routine that they enjoy so much.
- Chase and capture: play with your cat, and do so with moving toys that make them jump on those. It is recommended to have a toy large and soft enough so it can be bitten and pushed around without any trouble.
It is important to provide cats with these opportunities so they can develop their search and capture behaviour, which results in a rich environment for the pet.