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The House of M has 3 feline members as part of its crew: Ruby, Ginger and Hattie. All 3 are rescues (Don’t buy! Adopt!). All 3 are loved to pieces by the humans in the house. But unfortunately, 2 of the 3 have a tough time getting along with each other. Ginger and Hattie, our two senior cats, both seem to wish that they were the one and only kitty in this house, and for a long time could not walk past each other without growls and hisses.
Therefore, feeding time for these two is also behavior training time. If you have cats who aren’t best buds in your home, let me show you a simple change to make that will help improve the relationship. I can’t promise you that they will become inseparable, but it should cut down on the animosity a bit.
Both Ginger and Hattie absolutely LOVE Purina® Pro Plan® SAVOR®. This is a top notch wet cat food that you can find at your nearest PetSmart. When we headed over to PetSmart last weekend to get restocked on irresistible wet cat food, I was so happy to find 21 different Pro Plan wet entrees, all of which were protein-rich and had accents like pasta, rice, cheese or vegetables. I appreciate so much being able to offer my kitties this much variety, to ensure that they are NEVER bored with their food! PetSmart really is the leader in keeping an amazing variety of flavors in stock.
All of these formulas also provide omega fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat. Since my girls are both seniors, it is critical that I provide them with advanced nutritional formulas to help them remain healthy and active. And it’s important for the sake of behavior training that I purchase varieties that my cats cannot wait to try. I get everything I need for them with Purina Pro Plan Savor.
Once you are equipped with the very best food for your cats, it’s time to start your behavior training. During your designated feeding time, open one 3 ounce can of wet cat food per cat, and place the cat food on one small plate per cat. Now place the plates no more than 5 feet away from each other, and ensure that the cats are able to see one another. There will be some push back from the cats during this first session, but the desire to taste what they can already smell from Purina Pro Plan Savor should override the desire to be far away from the other cat or cats.
With every passing day, nudge the plates slightly closer together. My cats who used to hiss at each other from the complete opposite side of the room now eat their breakfast every morning this close together. If you seem to be going too fast with your plate placement, pause at whatever the closest point together seems to be that your cats will tolerate and let them get used to that for a week before trying again. Feeding time is going to become one of their very favorite parts of the day, and they will quickly understand that they don’t get to have that great experience without their fellow feline housemate. This gives a positive association with the cat, and that should, over time, help decrease the amount of negative interactions your cats have with each other. And when the food tastes as good as my cats seem to think Purina Pro Plan Savor does, there’s honestly just no time for growling and hissing. We love how much this product helps us work with our cats behavior toward each other!
When you head out to PetSmart to pick up your Purina Pro Plan Savor, don’t forget to use the Shopkick app. I used mine in store last week and noticed multiple offers: 10 kicks for watching en educational video, 50 kicks for scanning a barcode on select Pruina Pro Plan cat food, and 200 kicks for purchasing select Pruina Pro Plan products and submitting a receipt. What an easy way to earn! And if you have other pets (cats or dogs) not in need of behavior training, take a moment to discover the Purina Pro Plan food that’s best for your buddy. Grain, corn, wheat and soy free options are available for a variety of taste preferences and health needs. Puring Pro Plan ensures that no ingredient is unnecessary – everything is selected with intention! If your cats prefer dry cat food, you can also currently find $2 savings of Pro Plan dry cat food (5.5-7lb bags). You can also find other great tutorials through the Social Hub. Go check it out to get more ideas to spoil and engage with your pet.