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I adopted Missy 5 months ago - she's about a year old. I already owned another cat, about 3 years old. Our vet recommended we feed the 2 cats separately (in different rooms) to prevent one cat from over-eating, and the other from not getting his fair share. I was told to feed them for 15 minutes 2-3 times a day, which we've been doing for 5 months now. Our older cat has adapted well to this, but Missy (the newest cat) is always hungry! Her constant meowing and begging is completely driving us nuts! We gave in over the weekend and left their food out all day/night long. We are finally getting the peace & quiet, but now Missy is over-eating and vomitting! They eat good dry food - prescription Science Diet d/t. Any suggestions?
 

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Why is it prescription first off?? if im right thats one you can only get from the vets becuase it has special stuff in it for different needs. If there is no reason then i would change foods because science diet isnt all it is made up to be! For the vomiting...how foten is it and how long has it been going on? i would think that once she gets use to free feeding, learning that food will always be there she wont stuff her guts to sickness.
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She eats the prescription food, per the vet's recommendation. She was a stray before I adopted her - and her teeth/gums were in somewhat poor condition. The vet thought this would help. She also eats the regular Science Diet Dental formula as well (we mix them together). She vomits a few times a week. It has been going on only when she "gorges" herself, which is when food is left out all day, or if she eats too quickly during a "scheduled" feeding.
 

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hmm

i rescued a very distressed siamese cat a few years ago, and she had a problem that sounds a lot like missy's.

do you know anything about her previous living situation? if she was mistreated or out on her own, she may very well just be stressed out or afraid of running out of food.

in my siamese's case, she was mistreated/neglected. she was one messed up cat. she'd gorge herself, barf a couple times, and go right back to the bowl and gorge herself again. it was a vicious cycle. she would growl and hiss at the other cats if they came near her while she was eating, and she'd scream like a child if i didn't leave food out. i started to watch her eat, so i could pick her up and love on her when it was obvious she'd had enough. i started buying food with no artificial stuff in it too, that seemed to help a bit. she was still weird about food though. you couldn't look away from yr plate for a second without her hopping up and running off with yr dinner. she ripped the lining out of my boxspring, so she'd run in there and hide with her food loot. after several months and endless patience, the gorging slowed to a hault. she never stopped stealing our "people food" but at least she wasn't gorging and purging. i was extremely allergic to her and had to find her a new home eventually. she was really friendly, when i'd have parties or just have people over, she'd go around the room from lap to lap and just love on everybody. she found herself a nice new home in no time. sadly, a few months later, her stomach turned over and she had to have surgery. i'm not even sure what that means...the new owner had moved away and i heard it from a mutual friend. i do wonder if her stomach illness was caused by the gorging/barfing though, or vice versa. i sure hope she's ok.

it seems kind of awful, but you might want to try letting missy have it her way for a while longer and see if she gets the picture. i would think that scheduled feedings would just make her hunger more intense and frantic about when she's going to get her next meal. you might also try giving her treats or something in between feedings to tide her over if scheduled feedings are still necessary. its a hard situation to conquer, fer sure. good luck!
 

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My cats used to be on a feeding schedule 3 times a day. When I did that, one of my cats Sugar would eat like there is no tomorrow and eat really fast and puke it up later. Not only b/c she ate fast but also b/c she is sensitive to certain foods. Now I finally found the perfect food and I free feed them Chicken Soup. I used to feed my cats Science Diet ID and Proplan and Sugar still threw up but with the all natural ingredients of Chicken Soup she hasn't thrown up since.

Hopefully you can gradually start free feeding your cats and they will realize that food is still going to be there and that they don't have to gorge it all down in one sitting. Good Luck :lol:
 

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I have that same problem and what my mom and I finally decide must be the cause is hairballs. The hair caused my cat to start throwing it up. Have you tried giving Missy some hair ball medicine? Prince stopped having problems after it.
 
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