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Feeding problems..

I have two children of the fuzzy variety. Cailet, my female, has been with me for 6 years, Marcus, my male was a stray we found 2-3 months ago.

The problem is, until about a year ago, Cailet was free-fed. She always had a food bowl available, there was always munchies. This stopped a year ago, and she started just getting her food bowl available at night.

Since Marcus came, feeding has been.. difficult. Marcus is a heavy grazer (my boyfriend calls him a vacuum). Cailet will eat a few bites, then walk off, and Marcus descends like a hungry locust. Then both of them clambor for more food. I can't really seperate them, because both cats are very.. indignant when they get locked away from the rest of the household- so much so that they won't eat.

If anyone can recommend how I can convince Cailet to eat her full share before she walks off that won't get PETA on my doorstep, I'd appreciate it. :P

EDIT: Oops! This was supposed to go to a community I frequent. Leaving it up in case someone on my friends list has any suggestions. :)


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Dec. 1st, 2003 02:30 pm (UTC)
I would say let her fend for herself a bit. If Marcas gets her food she will learn to vaccume herself or go hungry. Dont starve her of course (IE boot Marcas off a couple times so he doesnt baloon himself.) But eventually she will realise that if she doesnt eat now she wont.

Beside, She looked like she could use small portions for a while. =) ;)

Of course this is from a person who doesnt have cats and has had multiple dogs who used to eat so fast (so the others didnt go after their portions) that they belched for a half an hour afterwards. =)

Just my $0.02
Dec. 1st, 2003 02:37 pm (UTC)
Well, for one I'd recommend feeding twice a day, not just once. Morning and evening would suffice, that way the slower eating cat would have more opportunity to get what she needs.

Alternately... you could lock up the hoover-cat and feed the non-hoover cat in the morning, then turn that around at night. That way, the non-hoover kitty can get what she needs and also raid hoover-cat's food in the evening if she needs to.
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