Energy demands of a cat

Energy demands of a cat

For your cat’s welfare, it is important that you take into account its natural needs. This natural behaviour fosters energy consumption in your cat, and also prevents mental issues in your cat. A cat can express mental stress by eating more, and so develop obesity.

Hunting is an important part of a cat's natural behaviour.

Domestic cats sleep 12 to 18 hours a day on average. Hence it is important that your cat has the opportunity to retreat and hide. Important conditions for good sleep are privacy, warmth, and a raised area.

Play is an important activity for a cat. This applies not only to young cats, who play together to practice hunting behaviour, but also to adult cats, who want to play with their owners. Playing stimulates the hunting behaviour of cats and strengthens the bond between cat and owner.

Cats need to exert themselves (hunt) to obtain food in the wild. In addition, it is natural for a cat to eat small amounts frequently throughout the day. Eating food has no social function for the cat. Unlike playing with your cat, giving food does not affect your relationship with your cat.

Grooming or washing consumes a great deal of your cat’s time and energy. Unlike eating, grooming can have social significance, since cats also groom each other. Excessive grooming is also a possible response to mental stress.