Wild (and Sometimes Crazy) Wednesday – How to Feed a Cat

One thing cats like to do is mess with you at feeding time. At least some cats do. Feeding time can be a challenge—especially when you bring in a new cat or kitten or you have numerous cats.

I signed books once at a cat café. At feeding time I asked if I could watch the feeding frenzy. I was stunned to witness each of the dozen or so cat accepting his or her own portion of the food and eating it without bothering any of the other cats or walking away and sulking because it wasn’t the food they had hoped for, as sometimes happens in this household.

Feeding time can really a problem when you have cats on different diets. Here, it used to be Sophie on regular food and Lily on a special kidney diet. Now it is Sophie on regular food and Olivia on kitten food. They want what the other has. Olivia bothers Sophie when she eats. Sophie quits eating if Olivia comes near. For sure the cats need supervision at meal time.

It’s getting better as the two girls learn their boundaries. Sophie is learning to eat no matter what is going on around her. Coming from a feral background, this was difficult for her to learn. She could not eat amidst activity in the room or when a kitten was trying to eat from her plate or even when Olivia would sit at a distance and watch her. Sophie has also learned to circle around and try to sample Olivia’s kitten food when she thinks no one’s looking.

Yes, I’ve had to add lunchroom monitor to my list of jobs around here. So far, we haven’t had any violent food fights.

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