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To not feed my dog

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SomeTeaPlease Sun 29-Sep-13 19:57:01

when it's an hour before his dinnertime?

He stood there, looking at me. And when I looked up at him, he whined. And did a little dance. I got up to check on the soup, and he started howling in joy because, well, food. Except when I sat down again (sans food) he looked at me with big, sad brown eyes like I was the cruelest person in the world. I'm sure he felt I was starving him.

AIBU for not feed my dog, or is he BU for looking pathetic and adorable to try and get his dinner early?

mrsjay Tue 01-Oct-13 15:51:57

Jaycat used to graze all day was always food out and sometimes would be topped up with some tuna didnt stop her yamming and going round the neighbours legs with a HELP ME look on her face

QueenStromba Tue 01-Oct-13 13:21:19

I'm so glad that our cat is the type to leave food - it's so much easier to just chuck some food in her bowl once she's finished the last lot. Although she might just be saving space in case we have something tasty to eat. It's impossible to eat meat, fish and most types of cheese without giving her some because she has perfected the pitiful cry.

Kerosene Tue 01-Oct-13 09:45:08

My cat is the most piteously neglected and starved animal in all the country, if you take her word for it. It's just not faaaaaaaaair!

There's a bowl of dried stuff out at all times, and she gets a good amount of wet stuff twice a day, as well as treats in a puzzleball. Her sister gets exactly the same stuff in the same proportions, and often doesn't eat all of it. Vet says there's nothing wrong with her. I've switched the types around in case she doesn't like one particular type - nope, nothing but exquisite sashimi is good enough for madam. She'll still sit in the kitchen after I've made our dinner and yowl - a proper "going to sit at the bottom of the garden and eat worms" type of thing. Before coming and sitting on my shoulder for hugs.

She is my adorable little princess and I love her so.

SoupDragon Tue 01-Oct-13 09:44:02

I'm lucky in that both my current dog and our previous one ate what they needed when they needed it. Ddog hasn't finished last nights dinner, she'll have it later. She's a healthy weight too.

My dog is like this too! I thought he was weird - nothing like the dog I grew up with (same breed). That doesn't stop him begging whenever he ears the fridge being opened - in his mind, the dog food is a given, anything else is a bonus. Provided I don't over feed him treats, he'll probably never be fat.

FatCat, however... he's lost loads of weight since SoupKitten died as there is now only food for one there. He yowls to let me know he's starving even though there's food in his bowl. Sometimes he tucks into the dog's dinner and the dog doesn't care unless I specifically draw his attention to it.

motherinferior Tue 01-Oct-13 09:29:06

Oh god yes, the poor little me look. From an animal that can drag in a recently killed dead squirrel.

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Tue 01-Oct-13 09:13:05

I'm lucky in that both my current dog and our previous one ate what they needed when they needed it. Ddog hasn't finished last nights dinner, she'll have it later. She's a healthy weight too. Good thing is I can just keep her bowl full and not worry.
She will still try and go through the bin though given half a chance.

I think you should have fed him early but then I'm a soft touch. Unless he can tell the time, he wouldn't know it was early anyway

mrsjay Tue 01-Oct-13 09:08:28

grin @feeding on demand my cat used to do the Im starvin yelps

my last dog was always starving and would whine and moan at the cupboard, new dog is fed at 8 and 6 and my god he has an inbuilt clock he will sit at his bowl at 8 on the dot and if im not there he looks for me and slaps paws me to remind me it is breakfast time

FreudiansSlipper Tue 01-Oct-13 09:01:57

my cat is still feeding on demand at 9 years old

he is a very big cat but really does not eat that much

i always give in when he wants a few biscuits. he sits by the cupboard, head tilted with is little paw just lifted slightly from the floor to perfect the poor little me look. it works everytime grin

SomeTeaPlease Tue 01-Oct-13 04:37:24

I held strong. A couple later he was begging in the kitchen. hmm

He's just over half my weight and eats almost as much as I do, calories-wise! I'm very conscious of his weight as he has a history of joint issues and excess weight is especially bad. He is lean, but not thin.

MidniteScribbler Tue 01-Oct-13 02:25:38

Try living with five of them all glaring at you as if they're convinced you are withholding food just to be cruel.

Even the deaf as a post 14 year old who never moves far from the comfort of my bed manages to fly down the hallway like a greyhound after a rabbit when the fridge opens.

MyBaby1day Tue 01-Oct-13 02:08:39

YABU, feed him, he's an animal and can't do it for himself.

candycoatedwaterdrops Mon 30-Sep-13 21:16:24

My fucking dog scratches the sofa when he's hungry. We've finally nipped the behaviour in the bud by giving him dinner at 5.30. He whines for more at 10 pm but I ignore him, it's hard though. He wolfs down breakfast and then looks at me as if to say "you've been starving me woman, it's been hours since I last ate".

motherinferior Mon 30-Sep-13 21:02:24

Half now and half later definitely won't work. And he'll want a snack later still, obviously.

motherinferior Mon 30-Sep-13 21:00:57

Stand firm (she says, staring at very fat cat).

littlewhitebag Mon 30-Sep-13 20:57:37

My dog (Labrador) whines and stares at me pointedly for about an hour before tea time. You would think she was starved but in reality we feed her three times a day. She is what you might call a greedy bitch grin.

Amy106 Mon 30-Sep-13 20:50:08

How about half the food now and half at the usual time?

thebody Mon 30-Sep-13 19:59:30

our very old and very fat cat meows at each of us in turn, me dh and 4 dcs to be fed by each one. he just doesn't give up and if you out him out he will climb outside the window of any room you are in and silently meow through the glass.

he is in charge and we know our place.

Bearcat Mon 30-Sep-13 19:56:30

My cat has his dinner at about 5 pm.
At about 8.30 pm he then takes up a sitting in front of me position glancing towards the kitchen for a few biscuits for supper. If I try to ignore him (but of course he knows that I know what he is up to) he starts rubbing against my foot or leg.
He's so predictable and so persuasive that he always gets his few biscuits.

PresidentServalan Mon 30-Sep-13 19:46:52

Oops - pressed send too soon! Their house their rules! And I say that as someone who has just had to eat pizza stood up in the kitchen so that my cats don't steal it! grin

PresidentServalan Mon 30-Sep-13 19:45:28

YABvvvvvU! If you have cats or dogs you have to understand that their house, their r

PlotTwist Mon 30-Sep-13 12:49:52

I just opened a tin of tuna for dinner. The cat couldn't get downstairs fast enough and the dog is sitting, silently begging beside the table. Both have food in their bowls. (And neither is getting any tuna, that stuff aint cheap).

FlapJackFlossie Mon 30-Sep-13 12:42:11

My dog has started asking for his food at 5.20pm when he is normally fed at 6pm. I put it down to the colder weather coming!

Feed the poor thing, he's obviously hungry.

livinginwonderland Mon 30-Sep-13 12:15:03

My cats do this. I went to the bathroom at 3am the other and I found them meowing by their foodbowls like they'd not been fed in a week!

liquidstate Mon 30-Sep-13 12:12:54

My dog follows me to the kitchen and stares hopefully when I open the fridge for milk for my tea. Even 2 minutes after I have fed him. Sometimes he even stops eating his dinner to stand beside me when I open the fridge.

He just likes food. Plus he views me as a walking, talking food provider. Clearly its my only job, feeding the dog. hmm

ClaraOswald Sun 29-Sep-13 20:58:48

My cats are the same. They start harassing me about two hours before their feeding time.

Only once has my husband fallen for their meowling and fed them a second time.

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