***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.***
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.
We are now on Week 2. You can go back and read all about Week 1 HERE. Now we’ve made some changes and I can honestly tell a big difference in Bruiser already. He likes play time and without he gets grumpy. He’s absolutely loving the Purina One cat food. He thinks a king I tell ya! Now, let’s get on to what we did this past week:
• If you’ve transitioned to Purina ONE® brand dry food, begin adding Purina ONE® canned food to your cat’s dry diet.
He’s been on both Purina ONE dry and wet food now. He really enjoys it. So far he likes the chicken wet food the best, but he’ll eat it all.
• Incorporate an exercise or puzzle feeder into your feeding routine.
This was interesting…We received the Stimulo Cat Feeding Station and Activity Center. Here are the benefits:
- Slows down ingestion and promote weight control
- Satisfies your cats need to hunt and play
- Manufactured from food grade plastic and is dishwasher safe
- Disassembles for easy cleaning and is dishwasher safe
- Approved by veterinarians and cat behaviorists
Neither Bruiser or I knew what to make with this first. I honestly didn’t think he would like it. At first he went for the easy food. The ones in the smaller sections where all he had to do was squish his face down. Then, he got excited and started using his paw to dig the food out of the bigger sections. I think this would be good to use maybe a few times a week, but not every day. I don’t want him to work for food every day, but can see how this is good for him.
We also tried out the KONG Cat Wobbler. As you can see he went CRAZY for it. I know the catnip filled tail helped, but he’s been attacking this a few times a day. Even dragging it around the kitchen by the tail.
• Try putting a walking harness on your cat a couple of times a day.
This is still a struggle. I’ll post pictures of him next week, but like I said he’s used to being outside without a harness. He just fights us and the harness right now. Do you take your cat for walks? Do you happen to have any tips for us?
• Monitor your cat’s responses to the changes in her nutrition and environment.
We’ve also started making sure the kids don’t overfeed him. One tip in my journal was to make sure dry food was not left out all the time. We are making sure he has regular feeding times and play time and he gets excited for both.
• DIY activity – make your own puzzle feeder.
The kids have decided they are going to do this, but we are trying to figure out the best way to do it Any ideas?
Keep checking in! I’ll update you next week with even more adventures and you can always follow along via twitter with the #TrueNatureOfCats hashtag.