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Posted: Oct 26, 2019 - 8:36am

It's a good idea to only feed cats twice a day. If they're used to meals whenever they beg, it may be a challenge to resist, but be patient - or at least feed them smaller portions.  Also, buy quality food from
 the vet.  Although it is more expensive, it is also more filling and healthy, so in the long run you'll save money on vet bills. :) 

On a pet forum I'm a member of (catoftheday.com), there are advice about all sorts of things concerning cats... and dogs. This is what one said about pumpkin:

"My vet suggested using canned pumpkin or Metamucil in his food to help him feel fuller."
triskele

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Location: The Dragons' Roost


Posted: Oct 26, 2019 - 7:18am

 westslope wrote:


 triskele wrote:


Fortunately, I learned LONG ago about the dangers of "free feeding" house cats.
My cats eat twice a day, on a schedule, dry food in the morning, and wet food 12 hours later.

I suspect that the big male is eating more than his share, which is why the smaller female has begun to beg.

 

We feed twice a day too.   Wet followed by a bit of dry in the morning and just dry in the evening.   These rescue cats can develop obsessive appetites.  

We had problems with spatial separation when we had 3 cats.   We were constantly lifting some cat bowls off the floor.  Good exercise for the human owners.  The smaller Norwegian Forest Cat female ate on the dining room table.  

Now our ~17-year old  Ragdoll howls us into waking up at 4 or 5 in the morning if she does not have enough food.   (This is all our doing, no doubt.)   So I have tried to devise a strategy where we feed smaller amounts of dry during the day and I will give her one more portion of dry at 11 in the evening.

We suspect that when she 'overeats', she tends to throw up more frequently.  Very little of the vomit actually consists of groomed cat hair.
 
We've found that automatic feeders for the dry portion of their food has stopped the early morning shenanigans.   The food is presented to them while we sleep, and it works wonders.  Unfortunately, this is the meal they have that is unsupervised, allowing the possibility of the one cat over eating, and the other going hungry.....  We have to be able to sleep, though!!
kcar

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Posted: Oct 25, 2019 - 12:48am



 westslope wrote:


 triskele wrote:


Fortunately, I learned LONG ago about the dangers of "free feeding" house cats.
My cats eat twice a day, on a schedule, dry food in the morning, and wet food 12 hours later.

I suspect that the big male is eating more than his share, which is why the smaller female has begun to beg.

 

We feed twice a day too.   Wet followed by a bit of dry in the morning and just dry in the evening.   These rescue cats can develop obsessive appetites.  

We had problems with spatial separation when we had 3 cats.   We were constantly lifting some cat bowls off the floor.  Good exercise for the human owners.  The smaller Norwegian Forest Cat female ate on the dining room table.  

Now our ~17-year old  Ragdoll howls us into waking up at 4 or 5 in the morning if she does not have enough food.   (This is all our doing, no doubt.)   So I have tried to devise a strategy where we feed smaller amounts of dry during the day and I will give her one more portion of dry at 11 in the evening.

We suspect that when she 'overeats', she tends to throw up more frequently.  Very little of the vomit actually consists of groomed cat hair.
 

"We suspect that when she 'overeats', she tends to throw up more  frequently. Very little of the vomit actually consists of groomed cat hair."

I've heard that cats will overeat because they've evolved to deal with times when food isn't regularly available. Feast now to ride out famine later. And yeah, vomiting ensues.

Apparently their stomachs are about the size of ping-pong balls, so it's not too hard for them to overeat. I flipped through a cat-care book and came across the suggestion that you should feed them 6 meals a day. Imagine hopping on that treadmill when you had 3 cats.

westslope

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Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Oct 24, 2019 - 9:53pm



 triskele wrote:


Fortunately, I learned LONG ago about the dangers of "free feeding" house cats.
My cats eat twice a day, on a schedule, dry food in the morning, and wet food 12 hours later.

I suspect that the big male is eating more than his share, which is why the smaller female has begun to beg.

 

We feed twice a day too.   Wet followed by a bit of dry in the morning and just dry in the evening.   These rescue cats can develop obsessive appetites.  

We had problems with spatial separation when we had 3 cats.   We were constantly lifting some cat bowls off the floor.  Good exercise for the human owners.  The smaller Norwegian Forest Cat female ate on the dining room table.  

Now our ~17-year old  Ragdoll howls us into waking up at 4 or 5 in the morning if she does not have enough food.   (This is all our doing, no doubt.)   So I have tried to devise a strategy where we feed smaller amounts of dry during the day and I will give her one more portion of dry at 11 in the evening.

We suspect that when she 'overeats', she tends to throw up more frequently.  Very little of the vomit actually consists of groomed cat hair.
triskele

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Location: The Dragons' Roost


Posted: Oct 24, 2019 - 6:09pm

 westslope wrote:


 triskele wrote:
SO, I have heard that adding pureed pumpkin to a cat's food will help with constipation.....but, more recently, I have heard that it will help a cat who constantly begs for food to feel "full" for longer after he or she eats.
Does anyone here have any experience with this? Thanks!
 
Domestic pets usually persist in begging for food, because the strategy works.  The problem here is likely the huMAN feline parents.   Cats are not supposed to constantly eat.    In the wilds, some of them will go days and weeks without eating.

Sigh.  Today's North Americans.  Cannot say no to their children, cannot say no to their pets.    My wife is like this with the cats, well now just one cat, the coyotes got the other two.  It takes a concerted lobbying campaign to get her to reduce food portions.  Love through overfeeding. 

Are there several water bowls out?  Is the water recycled and topped up often?

There is special canned wet food for cats that has 1.5% or 3% fibre content.   Might help in this case.  The fibre carries water and lubricates the intestines.   Expensive but daily portions can likely be effective with very small helpings.  Fill out the diet with less expensive dry food. 
We had an unrelated digestive system problem with our elderly rag doll Dossie.  Her stools were loose and she would howl when defecating.  The high-fibre canned wet cat food — available only at vet clinics — solved that problem.  An earlier experiment with hair-ball dry cat food lead to loose stools and a howling kittie.  It is apparently high in fibre too.    I do not pretend to understand why so do not ask. 

Thanks to our local vet I now have a better understanding of why cats cough up fur balls and why it is just a normal healthy activity:  why we should avoid anthropomorphizing our pets.


Fortunately, I learned LONG ago about the dangers of "free feeding" house cats. 
My cats eat twice a day, on a schedule, dry food in the morning, and wet food 12 hours later.

I suspect that the big male is eating more than his share, which is why the smaller female has begun to beg.  

westslope

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Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Oct 22, 2019 - 6:22pm



 triskele wrote:
SO, I have heard that adding pureed pumpkin to a cat's food will help with constipation.....but, more recently, I have heard that it will help a cat who constantly begs for food to feel "full" for longer after he or she eats.
Does anyone here have any experience with this? Thanks!
 
Domestic pets usually persist in begging for food, because the strategy works.  The problem here is likely the huMAN feline parents.   Cats are not supposed to constantly eat.    In the wilds, some of them will go days and weeks without eating.

Sigh.  Today's North Americans.  Cannot say no to their children, cannot say no to their pets.    My wife is like this with the cats, well now just one cat, the coyotes got the other two.  It takes a concerted lobbying campaign to get her to reduce food portions.  Love through overfeeding. 

Are there several water bowls out?  Is the water recycled and topped up often?

There is special canned wet food for cats that has 1.5% or 3% fibre content.   Might help in this case.  The fibre carries water and lubricates the intestines.   Expensive but daily portions can likely be effective with very small helpings.  Fill out the diet with less expensive dry food. 


We had an unrelated digestive system problem with our elderly rag doll Dossie.  Her stools were loose and she would howl when defecating.  The high-fibre canned wet cat food — available only at vet clinics — solved that problem.  An earlier experiment with hair-ball dry cat food lead to loose stools and a howling kittie.  It is apparently high in fibre too.    I do not pretend to understand why so do not ask. 

Thanks to our local vet I now have a better understanding of why cats cough up fur balls and why it is just a normal healthy activity:  why we should avoid anthropomorphizing our pets.

triskele

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Location: The Dragons' Roost


Posted: Oct 22, 2019 - 4:44pm

SO, I have heard that adding pureed pumpkin to a cat's food will help with constipation.....but, more recently, I have heard that it will help a cat who constantly begs for food to feel "full" for longer after he or she eats.
Does anyone here have any experience with this? Thanks!
SeriousLee

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Location: Dans l'milieu d'deux milles livres


Posted: Sep 13, 2019 - 12:54am



 kurtster wrote:
Just stumbled across this pic of our previous cat, Tobin while going through my flickr stuff.  He was my music listening partner.  He would lay down next to me on the arm rest of the sofa and just be there with me.  There was no space that he would not try and fit into.  25 lbs of Maine Coon.  Miss you old buddy.
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Cute. My youngest daughter had never seen a Maine Coon until she was in Hawaii, and now she wants one.
haresfur

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Location: The Golden Triangle
Gender: Male


Posted: Sep 12, 2019 - 7:47pm



 kurtster wrote:
Just stumbled across this pic of our previous cat, Tobin while going through my flickr stuff.  He was my music listening partner.  He would lay down next to me on the arm rest of the sofa and just be there with me.  There was no space that he would not try and fit into.  25 lbs of Maine Coon.  Miss you old buddy.
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Nice
ScottFromWyoming

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Location: Powell
Gender: Male


Posted: Sep 12, 2019 - 7:31pm



 kurtster wrote:
Just stumbled across this pic of our previous cat, Tobin while going through my flickr stuff.  He was my music listening partner.  He would lay down next to me on the arm rest of the sofa and just be there with me.  There was no space that he would not try and fit into.  25 lbs of Maine Coon.  Miss you old buddy.
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:lol: That's awesome.
oldviolin

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Location: esse quam videri
Gender: Male


Posted: Sep 12, 2019 - 6:02pm



 kurtster wrote:
Just stumbled across this pic of our previous cat, Tobin while going through my flickr stuff.  He was my music listening partner.  He would lay down next to me on the arm rest of the sofa and just be there with me.  There was no space that he would not try and fit into.  25 lbs of Maine Coon.  Miss you old buddy.
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DSC01626
 



olivertwist

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Location: Atlanta GA
Gender: Male


Posted: Sep 12, 2019 - 5:48pm

 kurtster wrote:
Just stumbled across this pic of our previous cat, Tobin while going through my flickr stuff.  He was my listening partner during many wake and bakes.  He would lay down next to me on the arm rest of the sofa and just be there with me.  There was no space that he would not try and fit into.  25 lbs of Maine Coon.  Miss you old buddy.
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{#Good-vibes} That was one big, fluffy cat. Looks like he was good at chillin'
kurtster

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Location: drifting
Gender: Male


Posted: Sep 12, 2019 - 3:08pm

Just stumbled across this pic of our previous cat, Tobin while going through my flickr stuff.  He was my music listening partner.  He would lay down next to me on the arm rest of the sofa and just be there with me.  There was no space that he would not try and fit into.  25 lbs of Maine Coon.  Miss you old buddy.
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DSC01626
yuel

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Location: Taka-Tuka-Land
Gender: Male


Posted: Sep 5, 2019 - 3:40am


his favourite music - track: Turn the Heater on by Keith Hudson     
Proclivities

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Location: Paris of the Piedmont
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 19, 2019 - 10:40am



 yuel wrote:

LongCat
 

Ah, yes; I've seen that expression many times from a few different felines, especially the 14-year-old male we lost last year.
yuel

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Location: Taka-Tuka-Land
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 19, 2019 - 12:41am

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LongCat
kurtster

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Location: drifting
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 13, 2019 - 4:35am

 ick wrote:
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)  Thor keeping watch.

 

 Handsome kitty !  Maine Coon ?  
yuel

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Location: Taka-Tuka-Land
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 13, 2019 - 12:07am



 westslope wrote:
Quite the cuty there yuel.  Male?  
 

yes- 11 years old, weight 8 kilograms!  
westslope

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Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Jun 12, 2019 - 11:24am

Quite the cuty there yuel.  Male?  
ScottFromWyoming

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Location: Powell
Gender: Male


Posted: Jun 12, 2019 - 9:05am



 Red_Dragon wrote:

Jealous, much?


 

Yes
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