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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-09-2007, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Growling at food dish . . .

We have 3 cats (Max, 10; Tulip, 1 yr; and Mango, 1 yr). A month after I started using wet food (once in the a.m.), Mango started growling at the other cats at the food bowl when I feed them wet food. It is disturbing. Now when I feed wet food, I divide between a few plates. Max and Tulip share just fine.

Mango is generally a laid-back guy and he does not do this with dry food. My toddler came near him (not touching him, just passing by) when he had some turkey in his mouth, and I heard him growl at her. I never let my kids touch the cats while they eat, but it was disturbing just the same.

Our older cats (one that was PTS in Feb.) have always been so laid-back-- nothing ever really phased them-- that anything like this is new to me.

Is it anything to be concerned about? I just don't want it to progress.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-09-2007, 07:37 PM
 
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I would not worry at all, this is a completely natural behavior. I guess your cat considers his wet food as a "treat", and gets nervous when anyone comes near, lest they should try to steal it. That's a normal behavior for a predator. Mine don't do it with wet food, because that's all they eat, but when I give them treats of dried chicken breast or dry food, it's a growling fest!

Maybe you could place his dish a little way away from the others, so he has privacy and can eat in peace? My cats all love each other (I have four) but if I tried feeding them in a collective bowl they probably would become aggressive

Separate dishes for each cat sounds like a good way to solve the problem. And you are already keeping your children away from the cats when they eat, which is perfect
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-09-2007, 07:40 PM
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I 2nd Nini's response. I have a growling fest over here too. I ignore it at this point. In fact, Phoebe has taken claim to all the white socks in the house and will often be caught growling at the others (myself included) if someone gets in her way as she drags one through the house or if I try to take her sock away.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-10-2007, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you both! I am relieved to know this is normal!

I never know with cats. The older two that we had/have were my husband's, and I never analyzed how they acted. Since Mango is MY addition, I worry sometimes that I messed things up by adding him to the family.

Mango (the 1 yo) and Max (I like to call him our "gentleman") were curled up together tonight, and Max was grooming Mango. That made me feel better, too.
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