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« on: April 24, 2008, 07:51:16 AM »

I read somewhere that if you place little stashes of food around the house in different places that your cat will love it because it reminds them of hunting and catching their food in different places.  I tried this the other day and i was suprised at the results.  I put out a little party plate for my cats with 2 types of dry food some turkey thingies they chew on cat treats and bonita flakes.  I also put a bowl of water near that area.  What i found was they loved eating at that "new" location.  All the dry food was eaten despite the fact i had wet food out for them at the old location.  All the water in the bowl was licked clean.  This little change in their daily routine seems to have worked great for me. I think if other cat owners try this they would see how their cats react and be pleasantly suprised.
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Offy
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008, 08:54:50 AM »

I do that for my cats with treats & toys. Sometimes, I'll put a dish of food/snacks in a bathroom or behind a door. They actually enjoy it and my vet thinks it's a good thing to do for them. They also like to play peek-a-boo with me..sneaking & hiding & jumping out and chasing.. peeking out and ducking back. They do it to each other alot now with the post on the cat tree. It's fun for them & for me. Scooter "announces" & Ling "announces" their found treasures or they "hmmmmm"sound when they're enticing the other to chase/join in the games.
I never hand them a treat. Scooter is getting really good at jumping and snatching hers from the air. Ling's vision isn't that great so she likes to chase & pounce on hers pulled on a towel. MK simply does whatever it takes to get some Smiley, but I have to admit she's polite. Scooter will reach with her paw and wipe it right out of MK's mouth and run with it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2008, 12:49:46 PM »

Dogs enjoy hide and seek the treat games, too!

Except when there are 3 cats following the treater around eating the treats before the  dog can find them! Roll Eyes

I know you can get treat balls for cats as well. Makes it even more like hunting!
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2008, 02:16:52 PM »

Why not just bring in a live mouse and let the cat hunt??

Works here, although sometimes she doesn't go after the mouse and then the dogs try to get it, and then everything gets knocked over while the dogs try to get the mouse, and then my wife bashes me on the head for bringing in a live mouse, and then the dogs chase the cat and then the only one not getting chased is the mouse.

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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2008, 02:37:38 PM »

Sticky probably likes keeping order in the house. 
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2008, 06:23:34 PM »

LoL you guys are hillarious.  The mouse game sounds fun. i would have to get 3 mouses and let one cat at a time hunt for it. would that be the best way to go?
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kaffe
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008, 06:41:43 PM »

I have been tempted to initiate a mouse-hunt-chase game, but my duaghter won't allow me  Undecided  I would think that the mouse-hunt is the best kitty game over the winter... maybe I'll yet succeed in sneaking a poor mouse in... Kaffe used to catch them regularly when we were in the Philippines.


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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2008, 10:33:07 PM »

One of my cats, Booper, likes his food in several diffferent areas. When the wet food is dished up, he comes to the kitchen, gives me a certain look, walks on, and turns to see that I'm following; and as I say, "And where will you dine tonight, Your Grace?" he leads me to one of his several favored locations. Or, he may stay in his spot expecting, and getting, hand delivery. A certain "Meow" means, "Bring me my dry food bowl".(They only get a little of that).

Seems like he's got me well trained, but he is getting a little old - he'll be 17 in June.

Bud and Pretty Girl can go for a different location at times, too.

As others noted, they sometimes seem to enjoy a change in routine, and a little novelty.

 
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« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2008, 11:55:19 PM »

One of my cats, Booper, likes his food in several diffferent areas. When the wet food is dished up, he comes to the kitchen, gives me a certain look, walks on, and turns to see that I'm following; and as I say, "And where will you dine tonight, Your Grace?" he leads me to one of his several favored locations. Or, he may stay in his spot expecting, and getting, hand delivery. A certain "Meow" means, "Bring me my dry food bowl".(They only get a little of that).

Seems like he's got me well trained, but he is getting a little old - he'll be 17 in June.

Bud and Pretty Girl can go for a different location at times, too.

As others noted, they sometimes seem to enjoy a change in routine, and a little novelty.

 

Thats cute. My male cat will go to original spot where we used to feed them and he will meow for his wet food. even if i have wet food out and he wants his favorite flavor (sardines in chicken broth) he will go there and meow.  Usually i give in to him but i have been trying to steer them away from so much seafood as some of the people on the forums have said too much can be bad.
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catbird
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2008, 05:30:55 AM »

Why not just bring in a live mouse and let the cat hunt??

Been there, done that.  Only I didn't bring the mice in, the mice moved themselves in.

Cat hunts mouse, cat eats mouse, cat pukes up mouse... Tongue
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Arlo
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2008, 05:38:53 AM »

Oh, my, catbird.  Chow does that, except mouse gives cat "bad mouse colitis" and Chow poos a pancake on the newspaper or a magazine.   Tongue  At least it's not the carpet or furniture.
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Offy
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2008, 05:40:46 AM »

Why not just bring in a live mouse and let the cat hunt??

Been there, done that.  Only I didn't bring the mice in, the mice moved themselves in.

Cat hunts mouse, cat eats mouse, cat pukes up mouse... Tongue

I sincerely hope that you emailed, called or wrote whoever made that mouse. It obviously was low grade or a production quality control failure. We can't have mice making our pets ill like that. (looking crosseyed  Wink )
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catbird
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2008, 05:44:27 AM »

ROFL!!!

Or maybe our cats just have a "food sensitivity"...

If a food made my cats puke and gave Arlo's diarrhea, isn't it obvious that there is something wrong with it?  Tongue Grin
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Arlo
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2008, 05:47:12 AM »

Crap! It's contaminated mouse feed. 
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catbird
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2008, 05:50:07 AM »

with GMOs
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