Just this month, the American Association of Feline Practitioners released a consensus statement that your cat would be better off hunting for its food than eating from a bowl.
It turns out, meal time for a cat is about more than just getting calories. It is essential for a cat to act out its normal predatory behaviors to hunt, catch and play with their food at mealtime. Furthermore, a cat’s stomach is only the size of a ping-pong ball – about the size of a mouse. A cat should hunt for many small meals throughout the day and night.
But we are all feeding our cats from bowls – and we are seeing the consequences. Petobesityprevention.org reports that 60% of our cats are overweight. And that is not all. Our cats gobble up their food, and vomit it back up – “scarf and barf,” they can be aggressive, destructive, wake us up at 4am to be fed and even pee outside of the litter box. All of these behaviors are now shown to be the miserable side effects of bowl feeding.
So, what’s a cat lover to do? Release 10 mice a day into your apartment? Maybe. Or, you can recreate the hunt with the food you are already feeding now. That’s where veterinarian Dr. Liz Bales comes in. She has been following the same research as the AAFP and was frustrated that the bowl was the only way. Bales founded Doc & Phoebe’s Cat Co. and took all of this hidden science to replicated the hunt with her feeding revolution - The Indoor Hunting Feeder.
It’s simple – and easy – and more than 35,000 cats in over 40 countries have adopted this bowl-free way of life. It’s so cool, even the 76ers Innovation Lab thinks so and has Bales and the company she founded under its wing. Instead of filling the bowl twice a day, you simply portion your cats’ food into these 3 adorable mouse shaped feeders and hide them morning and night.
So, it’s official. It’s time to Ban the Bowl. Happy, healthy cats hunt.