Cats: In Crisis

Nov 4, 2020

cats hunting prey drive

Cats are hunters and seeking out food, catching it, and playing provides mental engagement and physical exercise © Dr. Liz Bales

Cats are hunters. Seeking out food, catching it, and playing with it is their mental engagement and physical exercise. It is their reason to be awake. We know a cat’s stomach is only the size of a ping-pong ball and that they hunt and eat at least 8-12 times in a 24-hour period, mostly at dawn and dusk.

We know they are solitary survivors that hunt and eat alone. So, why are we feeding them from a bowl and taking away the most important activity in their life? Removing this natural behavior risks making our cats bored, overweight and/or sick. (Issue 44, September 2020, pp.12-19). Read article