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My 9 month old ragdoll kitten won't stop trying to eat - help!

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bodenbiscuit Wed 16-Dec-15 20:51:01

To begin with, she would only eat dry food so I was giving her Applaws and measuring out the amount that the guidelines say she should have a day. Normally, she wouldn't eat wet food at all. Lately, she has been finding her food bag, clawing it out and going inside and eating far more than she should. She has eaten the entire bag, nearly.

She is constantly asking me for food almost all day unless she's sleeping. Is this normal? Tonight I tried giving her some wet food and she ate it with relish. She has been wormed so I don't think she has worms....she has recently been spayed.

Any ideas?

RandomMess Wed 16-Dec-15 20:54:13

My friend got Ragdolls, OMG they were a nightmare for demanding food - anything and everything got devoured around that age.

They started to calm down around 18 months old???

bodenbiscuit Wed 16-Dec-15 20:55:33

Ah, right - I'm glad it's not just me! Yesterday she was eating a piece of cheese she found!! So is this just a normal stage then? I know they do tend to grow bigger than most cats.

Fannyfannakerpants Wed 16-Dec-15 21:06:39

I had a rescue that was very ragdoll in personality. At about this age, I found her eating donuts and boiled potatoes out of the bin. I think it's a phase cats go through. She outgrew it quite quickly and son became a fussy little mare.

RandomMess Wed 16-Dec-15 21:10:55

I have no idea!! Have you looked at the cat breed club?

I have known a kitten that will pester for food and try and eat anything like my friend's one!!!!

Crazycatlady27 Wed 16-Dec-15 21:16:00

We have ragdolls and they do like their food, as other posters have said, they do grow out of the eat everything phase

bodenbiscuit Wed 16-Dec-15 21:16:58

Thanks, I will try to look into it and find some more information.

Lovelydiscusfish Wed 16-Dec-15 21:26:41

My adult moggy cats pester for food all the time (they queue up for their dinners about 2 hours before we serve them!) and also eat any "human food" they can get their paws on, cheese being a favourite! What I'm trying to say is that it may not be breed specific, you may just have quite a greedy cat!
My pair are both healthy weights for their sizes, but only because we limit their food consumption. Even in a week, if we go away and friends who aren't savvy feed them, they can get very big! They both hunt too, so while active, are also getting extra calories from what they kill and eat, I suppose.
They would both definitely claw and eat from the food bag if I left it out. I think that's not uncommon - have owned myself, or known of, numerous cats who do this. They have a cunning scavenger vein!
I would just keep doing what you're doing, do limit portions, and check with your vet that the cat is an appropriate weight for his size.
By the way, I read once that showing an interest in "human foods" ( like cheese) is a great sign of intelligence in cats! Who knows if this is true, but I tell every body thus. Enabling them to take great pride in their cat's intellect, often!

Notmeagain1 Thu 17-Dec-15 04:23:32

My ragdoll is 6 mo old and recently spayed (4 wks ago) and is currently eating 6 of the little cans of food a day.

She will wake me in the middle of the night by licking my face and will not quit until I get her a can of food. The vet said she will out grow it, but ragdolls get to be enormous and I think she is trying to get there as fast as she can as she is at 10lbs at 6 mo old.

I hope mine outgrows her eating spree soon. But I luffs her to pieces and give in everytime, even though I cuss the little bitch when she starts licking my chin and nose at 2am, 😻

Hurr1cane Thu 17-Dec-15 04:33:28

My adult ragdoll does this. Eats tip he throws up. It's bloody annoying. I assumed it was because he was severely neglected before he came to us.

bodenbiscuit Thu 17-Dec-15 15:49:48

Thanks for your replies. She is already bigger than any other cat I've had! I'm a little less worried after reading your responses. I know someone who has a very overweight cat and because she's a house cat I do worry.

Hurr1cane Fri 18-Dec-15 07:11:52

I have a very over weight cat. I rescued her that way, but she isn't my ragdoll, my ragdoll is huge but pure muscle and the vets are unconcerned about his giant mass, whereas the tortie has to go on strict diets forever.

Alfredoshoes Fri 18-Dec-15 08:09:26

My dd has a ragdoll boy who constantly thinks about food and used to pester her at night to be fed. She bought an automatic timer feeder and has split his feeds into several little feeds so he has two feeds during the night that he can get on with. He too will gorge until he vomits if she puts down food for him to graze on.

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