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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 11-06-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Cats make excessive mess when eating wet food.

Is this normal?!

I mean every feeding, they get wet food flung all over the place, the floor, the walls, ect.....then it dries and is hard to remove.

Is there a bowl that prevents messes or something? They are each using one of these: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41TAlNrVUVL.jpg
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I don't have this problem with Book. He's a pretty clean eater.

MowMow is a pig. He gets food EVERYWHERE! He always has. I feed him on a placemat on the counter so I can just go over the whole area(counter around the placemat AND the placemat itself) with a disinfecting wipe when he's done.
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Is the dish only big enough to fit the food in? It might make it difficult for the cat to eat around... but that's just a guess.


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Normal? I'm not sure if it's normal, but Galileo always gets food all over the floor all around his plate. It's partly a result of shoveling the food across the plate with his mouth until it falls off the other side, and partly because he doesn't seem to have mastered how to chew without having food drop out of his mouth between bites. I wonder if they make bibs for kitties.

Choco-cat, my foster, makes a mess with certain kinds of wet food too, also because she laps at it until it falls off the far side of the plate. She doesn't always get food all over the floor, but when she does, it's usually a food that she isn't as keen on--she seems to take big bites when I've given her a food that she really likes, and do more licking when she isn't as enthused.

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My girls are pretty good MOST of the time.
When it's something that isn't that interesting it seems that pieces end up on the floor, wall, placemat, etc. But noting rediculous, just some pieces.

Sadie is the one most likely since she likes to eat very fast and ALWAYS has to look over at Belle to see how much she has left. So when she lifts her head with a mouthful to have a look at Belle's bowl, usually bits fall out of her mouth and hit the floor.

Years ago, my oldest use to have a stray "friend" that she would hang out with and share her food with. We called him Fat Cat, he was HUGE, tall and big boned. Anyway, when he would come in to partake of B.B.'s offerings it was as if he took a running start and ploughed through the bowl of food! There would be food all over the place!
B.B. loved having Fat Cat clean up all the food she wasn't so keen on. For years this went on. She would invite him in when we left LOL <eye roll> He was her little friend and she took good care of him lol She doesn't tolerate ANY cat in her territory, ever... the only exception ever was Fat Cat, the messy eater!


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So when she lifts her head with a mouthful to have a look at Belle's bowl, usually bits fall out of her mouth and hit the floor.
I SUSPECT a similar problem with MowMOw. He's always looking around to make sure Book isn't going to attack while he's eating... despite the fact that Book has ALWAYS eaten locked up in another room.

MowMow gets very nervous when he eats and drinks. ALways stop to make sure he's safe.
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Neither of my cats are messy eaters, I'm happy to say. They may get small bits of food around the immediate area of the bowl or on the mat, but they don't track it to the rest of the house. I have more than enough other mess to deal with without having to add food bits to the list

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Kittens always make such a huge mess! I've tried bowls (like the ones you listed), plates, shallow tupperware dishes, etc., but they still make a mess. I use the large plastic food mats, then wash them off after meals with kittens.
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MowMow gets very nervous when he eats and drinks. ALways stop to make sure he's safe.
My cats do this to, but not because of each other. I'm guessing mine are living by some kind of a feline honour code where they agree to no surprise attacks between them while feeding (they'll swap food bowls several times during a meal, but there is no aggression).

What they're wary of is the slightest little sound, even ones they're otherwise accustomed to hearing. A car passes by, people conversing outside on the sidewalk, the furnace turns on, etc... They'll freeze, look behind them (like someone's going to suddenly appear and steal their food), make sure it's all clear, then resume eating.

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I have one out of my seven, that loves to make a mess!
Skittles is 'gasp' a double dipper!!
I plan on getting a video of it,
it does make me laugh tho, to watch her reach into the bowl and then to her mouth, to lick her paw...
and then repeat the whole process over again...
Skittles will not be going to any parties soon!!

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