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​Six Tips on How to Stop Your Cat Hunting

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Cats are natural born hunters. It’s in their nature to hunt prey and as a result they catch around 275 million creatures each year in the UK. Spring is when cats are in their element, but it’s never too soon to begin taking steps at reducing the amount of prey your carnivore injures and kill.

Some cat owners believe that keeping their feline full will help to curb their killing instinct. Sadly, overfeeding does not work (and is not healthy for the cat). Cats enjoy stalking and pouncing too much to stop doing it simply because they just ate lunch. What it may do is stop the cat from going in for the actual kill, instead they will keep playing with their prey, pawing and pouncing but not eating. Cats also don’t wait to feel hungry before they begin hunting. When the opportunity presents itself they will hunt. Here are six steps you can take in order to help stop your cat from hunting:

1.The only fully effective way of stopping your cat from hunting is by keeping them indoors. You will need to ensure they are entertained and remain active if you choose to stop your cat from going outdoors. You can also use cat fencing and allow your cat some time outdoors, but the animals that are in your garden will still be at risk.

2.Laser pens can be used but it’s more useful to select toys that give your cat some final satisfaction. Cats don’t get the satisfaction from laser pens as they cannot actually catch the light, which leads to frustration.

3.Use a collar with a bell attached to save the birds in your garden. The RSPB believe the use of bells can reduce birds being caught by cats by over 40%. Do choose a collar that has a quick release design and ensure it fits correctly.

4.Don’t allow cats outside at times when birds are most active. Keep your cat inside in the early hours of the morning, until about an hour after sunrise and an hour after sunset. Baby birds are most vulnerable between the months of March and July.

5.Keep your cat indoors for an hour or so after a spell of bad weather. Animals will want to go and find food once the bad weather has passed and therefore they may be at risk.

6.Hide food in different areas around the house so your cat has to hunt it out. This is also a great way of encouraging overweight cats to move around more!

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