So it’s important that they’re given plenty of opportunities to play to keep them mentally stimulated. The stalk, pounce, play and kill releases feel-good hormones called endorphins.
Hunting behaviour does create a tricky conundrum for cat owners who love wildlife – it may not be possible to stop them entirely, but there are things you can do to reduce it – see the tips in our visual guide and post below.
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- Cats are more likely to hunt at dawn and dusk so keep them indoors at night
- Provide them with plenty of interactive play sessions and feeding toys
- Don’t feed wildlife on the ground
- Keep bird tables well away from fences or areas your cat can hide and stalk
- Hang feeders from a tall, thin shepherd’s hook – cats can’t climb these!
- Attach cut-up plastic drainpipe/bottles around bird table posts to make climbing difficult
- Plant a scaredy cat plant (Coleus canina) or a curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) near feeding stations to deter cats