Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago suburbs
Re: Eat without chewing
I actually have to put three golf balls in Fern's dry food bowl on the nights when she has decided not to eat her wet food, because she will eat too fast and throw up. I don't think the lack of chewing is the problem, since they often seem to gulp food without chewing, but rather the speed of the eating. I've somewhat fixed the problem by feeding her four small meals a day, and it also helps to put food out for her right when she wakes up so her sleepiness slows her down a bit. Your kitty would probably love to have food available all the time, but obviously right now she would eat it all and throw up. You might try feeding her a regular meal, and then putting some more food out an hour later. If she's not starving hopefully she won't eat it all and that will help her to learn that she doesn't need to inhale everything at once. She might also just eat all of that as well, but it could be worth a shot. Sounds like she could use an extra pound or two, and if you weigh her regularly you'll know when to stop giving her extra.
~Diana, happy mom to Fern and Fergie