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Cats healthier on five a day, experts say

Monday January 16th 2017

Felines would live healthier, happier lives if they were fed five or more small meals each day rather than less frequent bigger portions, according to new research.

A diet plan designed by scientists suggests domestic cats should mimic the way cats eat in the wild, encouraging cats to hunt, explore and climb in their pursuit of food - behaviour the experts say boost positive behaviour and well-being in the family pets.

The plan has been created by Dr Sarah Ellis and Dr Lizzie Rowe, who claim cats' modern lifestyles could be leading to pets not being mentally stimulated and eating too much.

The authors believe a lack of opportunity to interact with their environment could affect the behaviours of the family pets. It also recommends changing food location regularly, using home-made puzzle feeders and making sure they have plenty of water.

Dr Ellis, a feline behaviour specialist, said: "The way we feed our cats generally does not match the lifestyle they were designed for. Cats have undergone little in the way of selective breeding during the domestication process and therefore have an instinctive need to hunt.

"This modern lifestyle could be dangerous to pets, but by making a few simple changes to the way we feed them, we can help our cats to live longer, healthier and happier lives.

"The plan, based on scientific evidence, helps every cat owner mimic the conditions cats would usually contend with to get their food."

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