What, you don’t believe I’m a fierce hunter kitty? Every day, I spend some time looking out the French double doors to the patio, in search of prey! Are you wondering what I saw above?
We have several of these guys living around the house and they are always playing together and scampering around the back patio and on the roof of our house. I don’t know why this one is taking sips out of the spa. It’s got to taste icky.
I always stalk these guys… and they always get away! Mainly because I can’t reach them through the glass. I know for sure I could catch one if I was outside. The only problem is that when I actually am outside, they are nowhere to be found.
People think that because I am a pampered pedigreed cat that I probably have less of a hunting instinct than your average stray tabby, but that is not necessarily true! Sparkle was actually a better hunter than either Boodie or Binga, and caught moths, bugs, and a couple of times, lizards. I’m the only one who stalks the rats that live around our house. Boodie is interested but she mostly hunts toys. Actually Binga is the only one out of the three of us that shows no interest in hunting — and she’s the cat that came from the streets.
We cats have the physiological makeup to stalk and ambush prey. It’s ingrained in the way our brains function. Our digestive systems are built to handle raw prey. It’s an important part of us that can’t be denied! If your cat doesn’t get any hunting satisfaction, she might act out by scratching up stuff or getting into things. Or she may become dull and bored and sleep all day and eat too much, like humans do when they are unfulfilled.
Here are some quick tips to enrich your cat’s hunting instinct — and she does not even have to kill anything!
- Use an interactive toy, like a wand toy or Neko Fly to play with your cat right before serving him dinner! It will almost feel like he caught his own meal.
- Figure out what your cat’s hunting style is — does she enjoy stalking things along the ground? Does she fly through the air after a toy? Does she stalk cat toys, then walk around proudly with them in her mouth? Make sure you get your cat toys that match her own personal hunting style.
- Make sure your cat has a nice window view of critters, if you can. Give him a comfortable perch to watch them. Invite them to your cat’s window with feeders.
- Never scold your cat if she actually catches something. It’s her instinct and she can’t control that. If she is presenting you with a dead critter, it’s a gift! Her feelings might be hurt if you don’t eat it, so if you don’t intend to consume the prey, then dispose of it when your cat is not looking.
- Lastly, if you find a variety of cat toys left on your pillow, be flattered! That means your cat is trying to provide for you. Either that, or she thinks you are a rotten hunter and is trying to help out. Either way, it is a display of affection.