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Have you ever observed the characteristics of the toys that cats are most interested in? Whether it's the feathers on the cat's stick or the ping pong ball, when they are still, cats often just look at them questioningly, or they may touch them curiously, but they will never go crazy.
Until the cat stick starts to fly up and down, and the ping pong ball starts to run around the house when it bounces, we will see the cat chasing and running wildly. In other words, the toys that cats are most interested in are all active, so why is this?
Cat: I am at the top of the food chain
In 1927, the British zoologist Charles Sutherland Elton proposed the concept of food chain.
After the development of different people, the food chain has become the mainstream concept that expresses the food composition relationship between species. According to the role of different organisms in the transformation of energy and material within the ecosystem, people have divided it into producers, consumers, and decomposition Three roles.
The energy of the producer comes from inorganic substances such as sunlight, water and carbon dioxide, while the consumer uses the producer as the source of material and energy (primary consumers, namely herbivores), or other consumers as the source of material and energy (Secondary consumers, that is, carnivores), the role of the decomposers is to feed on their carcasses after the death of consumers, and ultimately convert organic matter into inorganic matter.
Among the sub-consumer instant carnivores, there are 9 subjects, including cats, and they are also the most thorough carnivores, ranging from the largest tiger to the petite domestic cat.
As carnivores, all cats’ body structures are made for eating meat-they have sharp teeth and strong jaws, high concentration of gastric acid and a short intestine (a cat’s intestine is only about 1 meter, The cecum is as short as a few centimeters). These are powerful weapons they use to hunt, obtain, and absorb animal nutrients. They are the species that stand at the top of the food chain.
When studying the meat instinct of cats, the Weihao Pet Nutrition Research Center found that they need to provide at least 12.5% of protein in their diet to maintain the body’s daily needs, which is about 10% of the total dietary energy, which is far more than others. Species, including relative values for dogs. This function makes cats have a strong adaptability to dietary protein content ranging from medium (20%-35% energy) to high (52%~70% energy).
What is the relationship between eating meat and being interested in living objects?
Some people say that cats are more interested in moving objects because of the hunter instinct of carnivores. This is not wrong, but they have not yet touched the most subtle part of this relationship.
Studies have found that cats, as the top consumers of the food chain, have an abnormally high demand for protein. This demand gives them another ability, that is, high sensitivity to high-protein and high-energy objects. Yes, cats It is natural to know what kind of objects are likely to have a higher content of protein to meet their body needs.
So, what kind of object is more likely to make a cat detect that it carries more protein and more energy? The answer is living objects.
All moving objects carry the label of "Energy Ahead"
Biologists regard nature as a process of energy transfer, and the food chain also reflects this relationship from a certain angle—green plants (producers) absorb energy from the sun, and herbivores (primary consumers) eat it. Plants, carnivores (secondary consumers) eat herbivores.
In this chain, the energy of the sun transformed by plants is transmitted level by level. Although there is a lot of loss in this process, the number of species is reduced, but the density of energy is also getting higher and higher: consumers (That is, all animals) carry more energy than producers (green plants), because they themselves also need more energy to support their activities. After all, running around is more energy-consuming than being quietly in one place.
Obviously, the cat also knows all this, perhaps not as detailed as we know. But their subconscious minds understand that moving things are more likely to provide them with a source of energy, so when they see something constantly moving, they will pounce on it after some observation.
Apply what you have learned: understanding cat toys
Knowing this, we can understand how to make cats interested in toys. If plants like catnip are not used to cheat, then the only way to make a cat interested in a new toy immediately is to make the toy move. Get up and move like a living thing.