How to make feeding time more rewarding for your cat
In the wild, cats have to work for their food, which exercises their bodies and stimulates their minds. According to feline welfare charity International Cat Care, cats would naturally spend up to six hours a day foraging, stalking and catching prey, eating around 10 or more mice, probably involving about 30 attempts at capture.
Food dished out twice a day in a bowl in the kitchen presents no kind of challenge. Providing it in feeding balls or cat puzzles can deliver a much more exciting and rewarding experience for your cat.
Cats can be very fussy about where their resources are located and tend to prefer their food, water, litter tray, scratching post and bed positioned in different locations around the house.
In particular, a cat’s motivation to drink is not connected to hunger, so many find it confusing when water bowls are set out next to their food. Provide dedicated drinking vessels in alternative locations away from your cat’s dinner. Many felines prefer running water, so it could be worth investing a pet drinking fountain. If there are any of their resources they’re not using, try moving things around to see if it’s the location that’s the problem.