The Power of Appetite

And the misunderstanding of appetitive behaviour

The term “appetitive behaviour” is frequently misunderstood and thought to be related only to the procurement of food. However, in the wider sense, the term describes a behaviour that seeks to “release” a particular action. If that action has, for example, not been performed for a while like sneaking up and pouncing at a mouse in the case of a cat, then the threshold to trigger the release of that particular behaviour may be lowered to such an extent whereby even a dry leaf blown about by the wind can elicit chasing and pouncing in the case of the cat. —>