Cats Ancestral vs Cats Feeding Habits Today
Ancestral behaviours and Feeding
Back in the day, Cats only existed in the wild, and were not even considered as house pets. They were natural predators hunting for small rodents. It is only over the past 70 years or so that we have tried to feed cats a diet based on foods unsuitable for a strict carnivore.
You wouldn’t find a wild cat hunting for large prey and having one huge meal a day. Wild Cats hunted throughout the day, eating small amounts (rodents) at regular intervals. This ensured they were regularly re-fuelled, and had fresh meals each time. Cats Feeding Habits remain the same today
Today’s Feeding Habits and Behaviours
Today, this behaviour is still seen in our domesticated cats, preferring to eat small amounts of food spread throughout the day. Often, people see their cat eating only a very small amount of their kibble when it is put into their feeding bowl. They then walk away, as if losing interest. This DOES NOT mean that your cat has lost interest in the food you are feeding them. If you could constantly observe them throughout the day, you would see them repeatedly returning to the feeding bowl. This is perfectly normal instinctive behaviour learned from their ancestors.
There are always exceptions to the rule of course. Some cats will eat the whole bowlful in one sitting. If this is the case with your cat, it would be a good idea to offer a smaller amount several times throughout the day. Instead of them having a full days allowance in one sitting.
If you feel your cat is a very fussy eater, and at the end of the day the feeding bowl is still almost full, there are a couple of things you can try:
• Reduce the number of treats you give your cat. If they are filling up on treats, they naturally will not want to eat their “normal” food. ( Like giving a child lots of sweets, they will prefer these to their meat and veg! ). If they are eating too many treats and not eating their regular food, they will also be lacking in essential proteins and minerals.
• Try offering them an alternative protein source (Flavour). Here at Deano’s Pet Food, we offer Chicken, Turkey, Salmon and Chicken with Salmon. All of which are excellent sources of protein, are Hypo-allergenic and some are Grain Free.
Hypoallergenic & Grain Free significantly reduce chances of food Allergies & Intolerances. Deano’s Grain Free Cat Food has a very High Fresh Meat and Fish Content and up to 60% in total.
Remember – many things have an influence on your cats health and happiness. Much is down to you, as the pet owner. The environment you keep them in, the stimulation you provide them with are just two factors, however the BIGGEST, by far is the diet you feed them.
We hope you found this Cats feeding habits information interesting, and would love to hear your comments.