Cat Environment Enrichment Tips

Cats Eating

When we think what cats like to eat besides cat food. One of the ways to make your cat’s life more interesting is to feed it in unusual ways. Your cat is a predator by nature. Out in the wild cats hunt for their food, chase it down and kill it and eat it. Usually in our homes indoor cats eat out of a dish that’s in the same place at the same time every day. Sort of boring. So a very easy way to make it interesting for your cats is to take an empty paper towel roll like this. I folded the end as you can see to close it up a little bit and then cut just a couple of holes in it. Then what we can do is we can just put some dry food in the tube like this. Some of it’s going to spill out right away. That’s okay. And then just fold up this end to close it off a little bit. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

And then as your kitty knocks this around and plays with it and rolls it around the food will come out and they’ll get a little snack. So that’s one easy way to do a feeding game. The other way you can do it is you can simply hide food. So take the food dish. It doesn’t have to be a water dish too. Take a food dish, put a little bit of food in it and you can hide it on top of their condo here or put it high up on a shelf here so they have to climb to get it. And it makes the feeding time more interesting for them. Gives them something to do. Gets them a little more exercise than they might normally get. And that’s a good way to make feeding time more interesting for them.

Sushi for Cats

Fillet a sea bream into three pieces. Get rid of the parts with bones. Remove the skin. Mince the raw tuna (for sashimi) and make it into a paste. Mince the chicken. Make bonito broth. Prepare the (broad) beans. Steam the chicken, sea bream, beans, and Japanese mustard spinach. Make all of them into a paste. Shape the tuna into a flat cube. Slice it into thin pieces. Mix the broth with corn starch water. Shape them into nigiri sushi. Okay! Go ahead. Poki Damn, you’re loud. Okay, okay. You know, if you stop stealing ingredients while I’m cooking, you can just be in the video. Give me a paw. All right. The other one. Thank you. OK, one more time. Give me a paw. No, give me a paw. Thank you. Here you go. You’re done? That was quick. Oh, thank you. I’m glad you liked both of them.

Most cats will have a bowl of food putdown in front of them twice a day. This is convenient for most cat owners and the cats, but doesn’t stimulate natural hunting behaviors for them or take very long, so all the extra time they have on their paws can lead to boredom. Providing creative and interactive ways of feeding your cat is known as ‘feeding enrichment’ and is important for mental and physical stimulation and making the most of your cat’s amazing senses. It’s a real chance for you to get creative too. You can use egg boxes, yoghurt pots and toilet rolls to make all kinds of toys and games that ask your cat to figure out a puzzle before they’re rewarded with food. Just make sure any materials you use are safe for your cat.

When introducing feeding enrichment to your cat, start them off slowly with an easy task, like placing a portion of their dry food allowance in an egg box. To prevent frustration, you may need to show them how to solve the puzzle by pawing at the biscuits yourself until they get the hang of it. Build up the difficulty level as they get used to each puzzle and rotate games often to maintain their interest and stimulation. If craft isn’t for you, there are a number of feeding enrichment products available to buy that will make mealtimes interesting and stimulating for both you and your cat.

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