It’s me Rennie here today to tell you a bit more about what vets call Scarf and Barf! Which much to the annoyance of my humans is something I used to be “very good” at because you see I can be a great
Gourmand Gourmet that loves his food just a little too much!
If you are lucky enough not to know what “Scarf and Barf” means… well it means us cute and cuddly little felines completely overstuff ourselves on food before it decides to come back out! But you know… I and my fellow felines just can’t stop ourselves from finishing an entire bowl of food in SECONDS!
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And this is a problem that I am sure many of you feline guardians out there are familar with… and now you wonder why?
Well! I am told by our vet friends that our tummies are not much bigger than a ping-pong ball! Of course they are meant to be like that as nature decided we’d be better off with small tummies considering in the wild we wouldn’t exactly have an unlimited supply of food provided by our
gullible lovely humans.
My wild relatives would usually hunt between 9-20 times a day (And like I said not every attempt is successful)! They hunt, catch, play with their prey, eat, groom and sleep and they do this over and over all day and all night. They usually catch small rodents (OMC imagine… where those rodents could have been!!!!), insects and birds. The edible portions of these prey are rarely more than 1-2 tablespoons.
Now if you compare that to the all-day buffet a bowl of food provides… that’s where the problem comes from! Because you see me and fellow felines find it very difficult to restrict ourselves to small portions if there is an endless supply of food from an ancient Greek style bottomless cornucopia of delicious food.
If like me your feline friend suffers from the unstoppable feasting followed by natures call to relief their tummy it’s important to reduce their portion size! Now that’s fairly easily done for wet food as of course our humans don’t just leave that stuff lying around the house but what if your human works all day and wants to ensure that you’ve got food available while they are out?
Yes that’s right they are going to use dry-food… but how does one limit this when they are not in? Those of you that have been following our work with Doc & Phoebe’s Co Indoor Hunting Feeder for a while may already know the answer to this! 😉
Yes, you guessed it right! 😀 Their indoor feeder offers a perfect solution as it replicates our natural hunting instinct AND restricts how much food is located within each “prey”.
Some might argue that I could go around the whole house and find them in one go but remember that would be a lot more effort for me and after all the hunting I really just want to take a nap! So most likely I won’t be looking for more little mice for quite some time. 😀