Food puzzles make cats less needy, more active
So this may come as a surprise to cat owners, but your kitty may really not be a schmuck! Who knew? According to a new study indicates an aggressive cat is possibly just a bored cat.
Even more interesting, the fix to stimulating your cat is pretty simple. Challenge him with food puzzles.
According to researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, toys like mazes that make your cat work for his food will bring out his natural instinct to hunt. This will make him more active and reduces his overall stress.
Now you may be thinking, "how can laying around the house all day possibly be stressful?" To an animal like a cat who is a born predator, having nothing to hunt ranks pretty high on the stress scale.
In an article at Science Daily, puzzles were originally created to entertain lab and zoo animals. However, they noticed these puzzles seemed to solve one cat's aggression problems and another cat's fear of people. There is even evidence that if your cat urinates throughout the house, food puzzles may be a possible solution after ruling out any medical reasons.
Experts suggest if you want to try this with your cat, be sure to try different puzzles to mix things up. Just as you don't like to do the same things over and over, neither does your cat. Variety is the spice of life for your mighty hunter. Also, be sure to start with the easiest puzzles so your cat can learn the ropes and build confidence.