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Suggestions to Satisfy Indoor Cats\' Outdoor Urges?
I have noticed recently that Margaux and Mueller have a few odd food obsessions. They eat a serving of dry food every morning, a very small snack at lunch, and a serving of canned food at night. They are both at healthy weights. I read that feeding in servings rather than free feeding satisfied the cats' obligate predator need to have a full meal at once.
Lately, both my darling almost-11-month-olds have been behaving strangely about food. They will hunt through the garbage, actually EAT a plastic milk ring (no digestive problems when they did that thankfully!), and seem to truly relish hunting/digging/wrestling something and then trying to eat it. I know they would actually be able to kill and eat things if they spent time outdoors, but that is NOT about to happen.
I need suggestions for things that are healthy for them that I can hide for them, or make more challenging for them to eat. They love to get a piece of cheese rind, and I think part of the reason is that it's so hard to extract the teeny bit of cheese from the tough rind--just like they would have to really work on a bird or small animal. However, cheese is obviously full of salt and microbes that are not the best things for cats.
I think providing an outlet for these food-behavior cravings will help keep them away from inedible or dangerous things around the house--we can't be supplementing a healthy diet with plastic! Thoughts?