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We have an eight month old cat we got from a shelter. In most respects she is well behaved but, she just will not stop trying to horn in and eat our food. She will jump up on the table repeatedly, nothing seems to discourage her. I cannot hold a drink in my hands while sitting, she will pop onto my lap and put her face in it.

She is well fed, two cans of food each day plus dry food and water left for her to have. Any ideas why she does this and can she be trained not to?
 

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Any ideas why she does this
Yes...because she's a cat... :p

and can she be trained not to?
Ha. Probably not, but it depends on the kitty...I had one kitty who wasn't interested in the food, just wanted to be where the action was. I would say, loudly, "NO," pick her up, put her on the floor, repeat...After the 5th or 6th time, she'd get bored and give up.

With the one kitty who did always want my food, what worked was to let her sniff whatever I was eating or drinking that interested her. Most of the time, she was just curious, and once I let her sniff, she was satisfied and wandered off. But if I thought she might like it and didn't want her to eat it, I'd substitute something else, like a piece of orange, which I knew she wouldn't eat. :)

You might be able to do something similar - just keep something she wouldn't like, but that wouldn't be harmful, like a glass of lemonade or a piece of citrus fruit, or something in vinegar, handy. When she jumps up wanting what you're eating or drinking, say NO, put her close to where her food is, then offer her the icky thing rather than what you were actually eating.

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One of my Devons is like your cat. He just will not restrain himself from jumping on a table, kitchen counter, or trying to sample your dinner in your lap. The only way we can eat in peace is to feed him at the same time we eat---in another room---with a few of his toys. When we're finished eating, then he gets to join us. Sometimes he get a small treat of chicken for his "timeout". He willingly runs to his room when he sees his food dish in my hand. That is the only solution that's worked for my family.
 
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