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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-03-2007, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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How do you keep food separate?

Cleo eats her food and, I'm afraid, a good portion of Cinderella's. I catch her all the time. Their food dishes are on opposite sides of the house. I've also seen Cinderella eat Cleo's food, but not as much. I don't know what to do. In the mornings, Cinderella is sometimes yelling at me for her food, because Cleo has probably eaten most of her dinner. Neither of them eat very much right when I give it to them (except lately Cinderella has been wolfing down her breakfast). They're both on wet food only, and Cleo's very active, and I don't think Cinderella is losing weight. Yet. Do I just let them sort it out?

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Doesn't sound like it's too much of a problem since Cinderella isn't losing and Cleo isn't gaining. But you could try splitting their food into 3 meals giving the 3rd before bedtime so that Cinderella gets another opportunity to eat and had something to hold her through the night.


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Well, Cleo does weigh more than Cinderella. Not by much, but if she keeps eating like this...

I try to give them a small dinner and then a small evening snack, but Cinderella just doesn't really care much about food, she never has. Maybe I just need to cut down on her two dinners so Cleo won't be eating so much of it, and just give her a good breakfast. I swear, Cleo would eat all day long if she could.

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"Sorting it out" between cats will mean that whichever cat is dominant at the food dish will eat as much as she wants (which will be all of it, if it's Rocket and it sounds like Cleo's much the same) and whatever is left over (if any) goes to the other cat(s) ... and that behavior isn't going to change.
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So should I just pick up Cinderella's dish after she's picked at it and give it to her again when she seems to want food? Lately, she really only wants breakfast, and she eats it all.

OMG! As I'm typing this, I glanced over and Cleo is eating Cinderella's dinner!

The most annoying thing? They eat different types of wet food, and if I put this in Cleo's dish, she won't eat it. Does it just taste better if it's stolen food?

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Does it just taste better if it's stolen food?
Of course it does!

I have the same problem with Mew and Isis - Mew gobbles everything up in ten seconds, and Isis eats more slowly, and sometimes need a little incentive to get started (like a tiny pinch of dry food on her plate, I am sure she is milking it now that she knows about it). The only solution I found is to watch them while they are eating and keep Mew from eating Isis' food by distracting her, either giving her kibbles one by one, or playing with her. If I let them sort it together Mew would be a hog and Isis would never eat

Did you try feeding Cinderella different foods to see if that would increase her appetite?
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Did you try feeding Cinderella different foods to see if that would increase her appetite?
Holy cow! You would not believe the variety I have in my cupboards! Fortunately, up until recently, Cleo liked the foods Cinderella didn't. They both like dry food, but Cleo eats it until it's gone. A half-cup would last Cinderella days. But like I said, they're both off dry. I think Cinderella eats more now than she used to because she's burning up calories chasing Cleo and keeping track of her.

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I picked up Cinderella's bowl when Cleo started eating out of it (spraying her did not work!). Cinderella came back into the kitchen a little while ago, and I put the bowl back down and she ate most of what was left. Guess I'll do that. When Cinderella eats Cleo's food, it's never very much, and I always feel like it's just her being the Alpha cat and showing Cleo who's in charge.

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Can you give Cinderella a head start by seperating the two of them and then putting Cleo's food down when she is half way finished?

Just a thought...
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Except for breakfast, they don't even eat at the same time. Right now, Cleo is hungry so I fed her, but Cinderella is sleeping. Picking up Cinderella's bowl when she's done picking at her food seems to be my best option at this time.

They eat at opposite sides of the house, so they are separated when they eat. At least for breakfast, when I can watch them.

I gave Cleo her food and she just picked at it, but if I put food in Cinderella's bowl right now, she'd eat it.


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See? She just waits until Cinderella is done because she knows there will be leftovers.



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