***Disclosure: I am working with Purina One and have been provided with food and tools to learn about the True Nature Of Cats. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.***
Purina One got in touch with Bruiser and I after we were following along on twitter during their #TrueNatureOfCats event. They asked if we would like to be involved and we said YES! Well, Bruiser just looked up and blinked which I took for a yes. So what exactly does this program entail?
Have you ever wondered why your cat stalks moving shadows? Or pounces on their toys? These behaviors are a reflection of a cat’s natural instincts, and Purina ONE has made it its mission to educate on awakening cats’ True Nature in order to enrich their lives every day. As a blogger and cat owner to Bruiser, Purina ONE would like to invite you on a journey to discover YOUR cat’s True Nature.
So what exactly is the True Nature of Cats movement? By studying the habits of African wildcats (which is believed to be the closet relative of the domestic cat), Purina ONE identified several ways to help your cat be who they were born to be, including proper nutrition, like new Healthy Metabolism wet and dry formulas specially formulated for the changing nutritional needs of spayed and neutered cats, safe outdoor experiences like leash walking and purposeful play.
First, let me introduce to Bruiser The Cat. He’s been in our family almost 7 years. We got him from a small town pet shop and he was the runt of the litter. So we gave him a big touch name to make up for it. Bruiser became part of the family instantly. He was supposed to be my Gabriel’s cat starting out, but he slowly moved over to being Isabella’s. This cat grew and in just a year was no longer the cute little runt, but a massive cat. He thinks he runs the show around here. If I’m gone traveling he climbs in the bed with Brian and proceeds to Meow a conversation with him. He sleeps with Isabella nightly and even has his own blanket that she puts in his favorite place. (We won’t mention that unfortunate tiara incident so we don’t mess up his ego, but he may or may not like tiaras) If he’s thirsty or wants to go outside he will usually find Gabriel’s drink and knock over while looking at him. Kinda like a “if I’m not drinking water neither are you.” As you can tell he’s just another crazy member of the family.
We went shopping for new cat food. We got a mixture of wet and dry food. We bought the Purina ONE® SMARTBLEND® Indoor Advantage since he’s mostly an indoor cat. We also got a variety of the Purina ONE® SMARTBLEND® wet cat food as well. PLUS< there was a HUGE box of cat toys to help make sure Bruiser is getting the proper exercise. Last, but not last a True Nature Blogger Journal where I can follow along for 4 weeks and document how Bruiser reacts.
You might be thinking why is Purina doing this? Here’s a quick video with the rundown:
So! Week 1: To get started on your journey of discovery:
• Transition to Purina ONE® Brand dry cat food.
We slowly started switching from his regular cat food to the Purina One. Now he’s only eating Purina One and he has sure been letting us know when it is dinner time every day.
• Check your cat’s body condition score.
I’d say right now he’s a 7 on the scale which means he’s too heavy. We are hoping more exercise will get him to the ideal body condition.
• Create a calm feeding environment.
He was eating in the laundry room. Sometimes quietly and sometimes not. He has a spot in the dining room that is only his and we make sure to feed him during quiet hours around the house.
• Set aside a time for 15 minutes of play each day.
We started the week out with 15 minutes a day, but the crazy cat got INTO the box and found his toys and has been playing a bit more everyday lol. We introduced him to the Petlinks System Mystery Motion Electronic Activity Cat Toy, 23″ Diameter. He’s played with it some, but he’s not sure what to think about it. He’s still attacking out feet when we walk by, etc. and loves one of the other toys even more, but we are trying to keep him interested in this.
• Introduce a leash and harness to your cat’s environment.
Bruiser is a very independant cat. We’ve been trying to do the leash, but he’s used to just going outside a bit everyday unleashed and then coming in when he’s ready. We will continue to work on this for the next 3 weeks and hopefully he’ll grow to like it more.
Overall this has been a fun week not only for Bruiser, but for the whole family. We’ve been including him more daily and you can tell he’s loving that. I’ll update you next week with even more adventures and you can always follow along via twitter with the #TrueNatureOfCats hashtag.