feeding two cats- 6 pds. & 13 pds.

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Registered: 01-30-2007
feeding two cats- 6 pds. & 13 pds.
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Tue, 07-30-2013 - 1:02pm

Hi,

So, I have two house cats.  One is very petite, at 6 pds., she doesn't eat a lot but she is very healthy and energetic.  She is 10 years old and sometimes runs around the house like a kitten.  The other, used to be between 11-12 pds., but now she is 13 pds.  Since cats are nibblers, I just give them a little bit of food at a time throughout the day, because I'm home for a good part of the day.  Also, I don't like giving them too much at once because they both have a tendency to throw up (don't know if they eat too fast or what)  not sure if one does this more than the other, as I seldom catch them in the act.  So, I've seen the heavier one (Mittens) eat her food and then go to the other dish and clean up what the other one didn't eat.  I have picked up the dish, but I forget to put it back and I don't want to deprive Sassy (the lighter one) of food if she just wants to eat a little bit at a time.  (When I put it back down, Mittens might eat it anyway.)  Mittens is also very active, she keeps up with Sassy and they tear around the house on a daily basis. (She is 9 years old)  So, just as people are different shapes and sizes, so are cats.  But, I don't want Mittens to get heavier than she is right now, I know 12 pds. is normal and 13 is too much.  Any ideas on how  I can keep Mitten's weight down?  How do you do that with two cats?  Thanks! 

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Thu, 09-05-2013 - 9:11am

When I had a kitten and a full grown cat I took a cardboard box and cut a hole (think traditional dog house door shape) in it large enough for the kitten but he larger cat would not fit.  With weights on the box, the older cat could not push it or gain access.  That way the kitten could eat any time but the older cat only at specific meal times.  Hope that helps. 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Sun, 08-04-2013 - 3:24pm

I guess I should have said that I leave dry out for my cats, but feed them canned twice a day.  A couple of them only eat canned and they do fine on twice a day.  I have had a few cats that will gulp down their food too fast and puke it up so it doesn't work for them all.  That's good that the fat one can't get up on the fridge.  You could feed Sassy in the bathroom several times a day so she is getting enough.

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Sun, 08-04-2013 - 3:21pm

I'm sorry to hear you lost your 19 year old cat Gabby.  My Tiger is 19 and I worry about him although he is healthy for his age, but still, he's 19.

Sending you (((Hugs))).

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Thu, 08-01-2013 - 12:46pm
Yep - mine will do that sometimes too....someone eats too fast (you would think they would figure it out but nope). There are treat toys and food puzzles out there as well that will make your cats work (physically and mentally) to get food during the day. And adding a little canned might help as well.
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Registered: 11-20-2001
Wed, 07-31-2013 - 6:12pm

I am a believer of dry food and self-feeding.  We recently lost our 19 year old, but we still have our 13 year old and our 7 year old.  None of the cats have been overweight.  Luck? Maybe, but I think it's because they know food is always there, so they don't try to eat too much at once.  I also give them a treat of a small can of Fancy Feast split into 2 dishes every 3 days.  It works for us... maybe it won't for you, but just what we do. Best of luck with your two!

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Registered: 01-30-2007
Wed, 07-31-2013 - 3:47pm

I put the dishes up on top of the fridge, Mittens can't jump that high!   I just have to remember to put them back down so Sassy can eat, maybe I should lock her in the bathroom or something.  I don't know about only feeding them twice a day, I know that's what people do, but about every other day I'm find kitty puke, and I'm pretty sure it's because they eat too fast because it's almost right away after they eat. (It's pieces of food that isn't digested)   I'll maybe mention it to our vet next time I go in.  But they are otherwise very healthy and active. 

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Wed, 07-31-2013 - 3:30pm

Welcome to Cats and Kittens.  I have a similar problem only I have a diabetic cat and he is on a very low carb diet and I have to feed him seperately from the other kitties. He is older and not very active so I keep all dry food up on a couple of places where he can't get to it.  I assume since Mittens is active she can jump up on counters and things so that won't work for you.  I switched my cats to twice a day feedings a long time ago.  They adjusted to it well. You could also sneak a few extra meals to your smaller kitty if she will eat. You could shut her in a seperate room or shut Mittens in one while the little one eats. It's good that Mittens is active to help keep her weight in check. You can also try to feed Mittens more canned food if she will eat it.  It has more water in it and fills them up quicker.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 07-30-2013 - 7:54pm

I have a friend with a similar issue, that one of her 2 cats is prone to get overweight and will eat his food then that of the other cat; and also she's concerned about attracting cockroaches into her apartment. She doesn't leave the food out all day for them to graze. She feeds them twice a day in separate rooms and gives them plenty of time to eat what they want, then takes up the food (they have water available all day). I guess they figured out quickly that if they want to eat they'd better do it while the bowl is there. You could ask your vet if your cats should have food available all day or if you can feed them on a schedule and have more control over how much each cat gets.

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Registered: 01-30-2007
Tue, 07-30-2013 - 5:58pm

Hi and thank you for your response.  Yes, I know there's no good answer for this.  Maybe I'll just keep trying to put the other dish up if I catch her eating hers and then eating out of the other one. They do chase eachother around the house and they also do what I call "kitty wrestling."  It's hilarious!  I feed them Purina One Chicken and Rice, I buy a 18 or 20 pd. bag and then I mix in an 8 pd. bag of Purina One Hairball Control.  My vet suggested that and it does help, they both have long hair, especially Mittens.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Tue, 07-30-2013 - 4:20pm

Welcome to Cats & Kittens!!

I wish I had a wonderful answer for you. If I did, my female cat wouldn't be the shape of a watermelon. :)  However, if the lighter one has a place (or two) that she goes where the other cat does not, try placing her dish up there so that Mittens can't get to it. I have heard about a box with a "key" on the collar that will allow one cat access to the food dishes but not the other cat (of course now  I can't find the darned link). Exercise throughout the day will help too - if you can get them to chase something that should help MIttens keep her weight down. There are some weight control foods out there, but I am not a big fan of that much filler in the diet of a carnivore. That being said, a higher protein diet may be something to consider as they will tend to eat a little less and be a little more active.

Sorry that wasn't much help....I have a full house and can't get anyone on separate schedules except to separate them - which doesn't always work.

 

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