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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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my cats are "food flingers!"

Everyday I noticed the dry food from the cats' bowl was all over the place!! So I watched them eat the dry food one day, here is what they do: they take a mouthful of dry food and kind of shake their head, like a dog after a bath. Dry food is flung from their mouth that way. I think they take a mouthful of dry food, fling 90% of it out of their mouths, and eat whatever is left in their mouth. WEIRD!
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 01:28 PM
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One of my cats is a flinger. I put her bowl on a pet tray, that keeps most of it off the floor. She seems to like to pick up a piece of kibble from the bowl, drop it outside of the bowl, then pick it up again and eat it. Wierd cat!!
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I have the bowl on a pet tray also. It does help contain the flung food, but man, what a mess they make!!
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 02:28 PM
 
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No food flingers here ... tried to imagine it though ... should be a laugh watching it

Messing around with food is essential for my cats though ... reach for it in the bowl and act is if they┬┤re playing golf with their paws ... their food is all around the place
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I wonder if someone could place the food dish in a big funnel. Then when the cats fling food it would just roll down into the center and into a collection bin.

But I suppose it's be more practical to put the food on a mat so it could be rolled up to pour the scattered food back into the bowl.
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LOL I can always tell when Mojo really likes his food.......he's a flinger as well! It looks just like he's taking a big bite out of prey and shaking his head to kill it!
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Flinging no, but messy eaters yes! Tasha won't eat straight canned food so I mix it with bits of turkey, chicken etc. and she picks it out and lays it on the floor before she will eat it, Sully eats only canned food and he can't seem to keep it IN the bowl! Always pushes it off the sides.
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I read something last night that seems to be appropriate for this thread. The book said that when cats kill a bird that's too large to eat whole, they pull the feathers out with their teeth and then shake their head from side to side to fling the feathers out of their mouth. That sounds exactly like the "food flinging" behavior being discussed here.
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Yes, I've noticed that the cats actually prefer it when I serve their canned food in "chunks" so that they can tear and fling it.

*Just by way of explanation, I serve the three youngest cats from 12-oz cans of food, dividing the food lengthwise into "triangles". This allows me to evenly portion out approx. 3 oz. each - 1 triangle per cat. The fourth triangle is then refrigerated until the next meal, rounding out to a can and a half a day.*

Anyway, if I cut their "triangles" into cubes and then put them into the dish, they like that better than eating it mashed up
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I read something last night that seems to be appropriate for this thread. The book said that when cats kill a bird that's too large to eat whole, they pull the feathers out with their teeth and then shake their head from side to side to fling the feathers out of their mouth. That sounds exactly like the "food flinging" behavior being discussed here.
this describes what my cats do! they put too much in their mouth, and fling out the excess!!
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