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Neighbours feeding your cat say something or not?

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ScrewballMuppet Sun 17-Jul-05 09:11:28

Cat is loosing weight but have no idea how much she is eating as 2-3 neighbours give her food. I knew she got titbits from people but found out a couple of days ago that its a bit more than that and was shocked as one neighbour said she was thinking of getting cassie(my cat) some cat grass for her to eat - apparently you can buy it in trays<puzzled look> I just said NO!

Fran1 Sun 17-Jul-05 09:12:55

Tell them she has a weight problem and you need to monitor what she is eating, ask them to stop for at least a while until she is better.
I never feed other cats for this reason, but i do see one coming in our backdoor sometimes and helping herself to my cats bowl.

ScrewballMuppet Sun 17-Jul-05 09:27:42

Think will do that

Ellbell Mon 25-Jul-05 10:24:36

My parents had this problem, except that cat was getting obese. They told neighbours that she had developed a series of allergies and had been put on special diet by the vet!

moondog Mon 25-Jul-05 10:29:38

My neighbours used to hurl the remains of their Sunday dinner (honestly!) into my front garden for our dog as well as hige greasy lamb bones which turned my patio into an oil slick!

Didn't say anything as they were elderly and kind but wish I had...
Now moved house and the hound has gone to that great keenel in the sky.

NotQuiteCockney Mon 25-Jul-05 10:42:56

The cats in our neighbourhood all just wander in and out. I don't think my cats eat much in other people's houses, but I have encouraged the only neighbour who I know feeds them sometimes to get the food from me, so it's the right kind.

mum2mikey Sat 30-Jul-05 22:57:00

my cat got very fat, didnt know why and neither did vet. i fed him normal amounts and even a special diet but nothing helped. when we moved house a few months later, my neighbour came round to ask if she could have the cat because she had been feeding him every day for past year!

TwinSetAndPearls Sat 30-Jul-05 23:00:24

My cat brings other cats home with her to be fed. I regularly enter my kitchen to find a trio of fat cats all whining at me for dinner!

trefusis Sat 30-Jul-05 23:48:33

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Catsmother Wed 03-Aug-05 15:56:23

I've got cats of my own and it seems that wherever I've lived, 1 or 2 of the neighbouhood cats always find out and use it to come and eat my cat's food. This obviously isn't me deliberately feeding them but it's difficult to discourage, especially if they come in at night.

If you know however that other people are actively feeding your pet, then yes, of course you should say something especially when need to monitor their diet. I felt I had to apologise to my old neighbour as their cat spent so much time creeping into my house (to the extent of being shut in my loft for 3 days once) and sleeping in my garden. In the end, when those neighbours moved, I ended up adopting that cat for another 7 years, but I promise it wasn't intentional.

These people are obviously animal lovers (which is a whole lot better than a neighbour intent on persecuting your cat believe me) so I'm sure they'll understand you need to watch what she eats.

Catsmother Wed 03-Aug-05 15:57:22

"it seems that wherever I've lived and had a cat-flap " ........

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