Understanding normal behavior for cats and how that works in a group situation
There is good scientific understanding about how cats act naturally.
Cats are solitary hunters. They hunt alone. They eat alone. Cats can live in groups in harmony, but it is normal and natural for them to hunt and eat alone.
Cats spend 6-8 hours a day hunting for prey. This is how they naturally get exercise. They do this in short bursts of activity throughout the day and night. Scientists estimate they hunt 10-20 times a day.
Not all hunts are successful. Cats catch 8-13 prey per day. Their bodies and metabolism thrive on small meals.
Cats prefer their water in a separate location than their food.
Cats do not repeatedly eat in the same location. This would make them vulnerable to predators (like foxes, raccoons, hawks and owls.) In addition, their prey is constantly on the move to avoid being caught.
Cats are predators. It is important for their mental and physical health to exercise their predatory instincts at mealtime.
How does this impact a multi-cat household?
Bowl feeding does not address any needs of the cat.
It is distressing for cats to share a common area at mealtime. Cats want to hunt and eat alone. Requiring them to eat in a common area increases cat’s anxiety and may even cause fights between cats.
The lack of exercise and eating too much from a bowl contributes to feline obesity and can cause scarf and barf.
When cats are deprived of their predatory instincts at mealtime this hard-wired predatory instinct can be redirected to inwardly causing distress and anxiety that contributes to many common diseases like urinary disease, skin disease and obesity. When the predatory instinct is redirected outwardly, it contributes to fights between cats, aggression towards humans, and destructive behavior.
The Solution for The Multi-cat Household– The NoBowl Feeding System™
The NoBowl Feeding System™ is the solution to meet your cat’s needs in the multi-cat household.
The NoBowl Feeding System™ provides multiple and separate resources for small meals, so that each of your cats can hunt and eat in separate locations in your home. No more will they be distressed by sharing the bowl. The NoBowl Feeding System™ meets each of your cat’s natural feeding behavior needs.
How Does The NoBowl Feeding System™ work in a Multi-cat household?
Each cat should have a NoBowl Feeding System™, consisting of a trainer, a portion filler and 5 NoBowls™.
Each cat should be observed to make sure that they transition onto The NoBowl Feeding System™ in a low stress way – starting with each cat the trainer (don’t forget your treats inside) and then moving on to The NoBowl™ and finally the hunt for the hidden NoBowls™.
What if not all cats transition at the same pace?
This is very common. Each cat learns at a separate pace. Continue using The Trainer until each cat is completely comfortable with it. Usually, the quick learners will demonstrate the technique to the slow adopters. However, some cats require solitude to learn. Simply isolate the slow learner in a private location with his/her own Trainer (Don’t forget the treats!).
What if one cat gets more that his/her fair share?
Most households adapt just fine. However, in some households a few speedy hunters will get more than their fair share. In this case, the simple solution is to isolate the cats for hunting time. Remember, this is the preferred method of eating for cats. Cats want to hunt and eat alone. You are providing for all of their natural needs.
What if my cats are on different diets?
Again, the simple solution is to isolate the cats for hunting time. Remember, this is the preferred method of eating for cats. Cats want to hunt and eat alone. You are providing for all of their natural needs.