Play Eat Rest: It's Your Cat’s Natural Energy Cycle. And A Way of Life.

Play eat rest

Cats are amazing creatures. Their bodies are graceful and athletic, and food and water is their fuel.

This means cats have a natural energy cycle that dictates much of their behavior. For cats in nature, this mostly centers on the search for food and is repeated throughout the day. So after each successful hunt, the meal is digested while the cat rests. Once the body burns through the resources it provided, this cycle kicks in again and tells the cat it’s time to seek another meal. 

At Purina ONE, our experts call this cycle Play Eat Rest. And the more you know about this cycle, the more you’ll understand about your cat’s way of life. 


Hunting is part of the daily routine for cats in the wild. There, success is the difference between a well-earned meal or going hungry. That’s not the case for the cats in our homes. By providing for your cat, you make sure he or she doesn’t go without.

However, there are ways you can use play to mimic the types of instinctual behaviors your cat would call upon during the hunt. This increases his or her mental stimulation and activity level while helping to burn off energy and calories between meals.

To learn more about the important role of purposeful play in your cat’s day, watch How to Make Play More Meaningful or learn how to enhance the feeding experience with a Puzzle Feeder.


In the wild, cats feed on a variety of prey, but also graze on plants or berries. This means they experience a mix of flavors and textures. At Purina ONE, our recipes reflect this mix, both through wet food or dry kibble that offers a range of flavors and 100% complete nutrition. You can also choose from innovations that address special nutritional needs, like Healthy Metabolism™, a formula designed specifically to help spayed or neutered cats burn fat more efficiently. 

To learn about the advantages of feeding both wet and dry food in your feeding routine, check out Wet vs. Dry Cat Food – Working Together for a Healthy Cat.


After a meal, you may notice your cat spends time under a bed, on the back of a sofa or high up on a shelf. Each of these settings helps your cat feel secure and in control of the surroundings. These behaviors are much like those of your cat's ancestors in the wild who would climb trees or conceal themselves in thick foliage or other hideouts on the ground. This allows for relaxation while remaining keenly away of who or what is in his or her presence.  

To learn more ways you can make your home more cat friendly, check out Six Ways to Make Your Cat Feel at Home.

Putting it All Together 

How can you build a foundation of knowledge around this concept? Check out our Purina ONE Cat Journal to get step-by-step activities designed by our experts.

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