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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
 
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Timed Feedings

They are driving me crazy!

Scully has been eating all day... the other cats are attacking him for eating too much. I don't want to put more food out but I don't know if the other three have eaten and I know if I do put more out, Scully will be straight back at the food bowl.

So I think I am going to put them on timed feedings... any hints to get them to adjust... they have been free fed forever!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 11:37 PM
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Just start doing it. They'll get used to it.
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 01:58 AM
 
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It will be annoying at first let me tell ya! My cats all used to have timed feedings but now that we are trying to have everyone eat together in the same area, that has been very difficult. They don't come running for food anymore and each one lets me know when they want to eat and it's never the same time as anyone else..uggg! I have gone backwards..

I guess my point is when you try to schedule feedings you may have a hard time coaxing them all to eat when you call, it is a pain when you feed canned food and they don't want to eat when you want them to. Consistency and patience is the key! Oh, and don't get too worried (like me) if one decides they doesn't want to eat, they will eat the next meal!

Get a routine of the same thing for every meal, like a certain call, or a bell or a clicker. The sound of bagged food pouring used to work for me. Also, they get to know the times, for example, when I wake up they eat their first meal, before I leave for work they have their second and when I get home the first thing I do is feed them dinner. They know when its food time because I always do it the same way!
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 02:14 AM
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Be consistent when you do it, it's very important.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 07:23 AM
 
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Mine adjusted finally!! Of course now I get woke up every morning right around 7AM. They seem to think whenever I get home it is dinner time though. No matter what time it is.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 06:20 PM
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They seem to think whenever I get home it is dinner time though. No matter what time it is.
Yes, they definitely do.


Barnaby was always free fed but because Baxter is a food hog, they now have to be fed in intervals. Baxter was definitely developing a spare tire before I went to timed feedings.
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