Cat problems - WWYD?(15 Posts)
Please can someone offer me some rational advice.
I have got two cats. Cat 1 is a rescue and is 4 years old and total PITA! Cat 2 is not a rescue and is a lovely cat.
The situation is that I have to feed them separately because Cat 1 eats Cat 2s food. Cat 1 eats everything in sight, he eats the children’s foods off their plates if I’m not there, he eats bread, biscuits - literally anything he finds that I have left out. He’s even come through the cat flap with sachets of food that he’s stolen from someone else’s house!
The food thing is a real issue now. We are constantly feeling on edge because he’s always ready to steal food. My DH hates the cat with a passion and it causes so many arguments between us.
Cat 1 has spent a lot of time at the vets for various reasons - he got run over, he’s had multiple abscesses which have got infected, cuts, he’s been stitched up several times. The vet can’t find anything wrong with him with regard to his constant hunger.
I am at breaking point now, I dont know what I can do to prevent him stealing food and its becoming a real issue in the home. To the point that my DH wants to rehome him. There are other minor issues - the two cats fight quite often (hence the abscesses). I would loathe to rehome him because I don’t think he’d be rehomed in a hurry and I couldn’t bear the thought of him being in a rescue centre for months on end. Someone suggested I should have him PTS which I also can’t bear to think about.
Help, what should I do?!
If he is a rescue he may well be guarding his food and always looking for the next meal. If they are fighting then it will be stressful for both of them and if your dh hates him then that's unfair on dh and cat, it's not the cats fault he is like this. It sounds as if It is causing problems for humans and kitties and I would take him to a rescue centre for rehoming, there will be someone out there who could offer him a home. Cats and humans are supposed to bring each other comfort and love.
I'm very sorry you are struggling with him. We had food stealing with a much older cat. I thought it was hyperthyroidism but the vet said not because he didn't meet one of the criteria. He tested him anyway and it was that and tablets twice a day helped. 2nd opinion may be worthwhile. Good luck.
Thanks retired, it’s almost a relief to hear someone say this!
Thanks MrsEricBana, I think I will get a second opinion on his thyroid tests because he was borderline.
Is he actually overweight? If he is eating all this food but not getting fat it suggests that he has a medical problem or maybe you are not giving him enough actual cat food?
Could he be grumpy and be fighting because he's in pain for whatever reason? Or generally feeling unwell.
I have a friend who has two cats that dont get on, she loves them both, one lives in the conservatory and goes out a lot, one lives in the house and doesn't go out. It works for her- maybe a possibility?
What a sad situation.
I assume it goes without saying that Cat 1 has been neutered?
Is Cat 1 skinny?
He’s even come through the cat flap with sachets of food that he’s stolen from someone else’s house!
Sorry, but that did make me laugh. He's resourceful! 😂 😂
tunic he is overweight despite me being very careful with the amount of food I give him. It’s all measured out etc and he definitely gets the right amount.
pink he is overweight and yes he’s been neutered. He’s very resourceful. He also brought back a plastic container with cat food in before!
Asmadasmax I often wonder if he is constantly in pain. After he got run over, his mobility is awful and he finds it hard to jump etc.
Aww bless him Maybe have a word with your vet about this, if there's something he could take.
The same friend I mentioned above gives her cat glucosamine for his joints and it seems to help him, do you think that might help cat 1?
Just wondered about his weight because we had a female cat turn up on our doorstep who was hungry all the time. She drove us crazy with her never-ending demands for food. Turns out she had hyperthyroidism which was treated with tablets at first, then radiation treatment which was a miracle in terms of her behaviour.
She was very skinny though despite constantly eating.
One of our other cats has his own room because of a special diet. He's a stroppy sod (although he's my darling boy) who often attacks the others for no reason and then gets told, 'You're going to your room!' Not sure if separating the cats (as has been suggested) is an option for you. There's only two of us here so we're lucky to have a spare room for him to have time out when he gets agitated.
Just saw your last update. The poor boy. He's only young, too.
Stealing food is the same as hunting to him. He probably needs to be fed several times a day, and always have access to food. If he was living as a feral, he'd probably eat as much as he could in a day. You could try giving him food in a puzzle feeder as well, I addition to 3 main meals a day. Some cats just need to know that there'll always be food for them. I have one who eats a lot and always pesters me for grub. She always has food down, as I know not having food is a fear of hers. Do you play with him? He'd enjoy that and it'd be a bit of a distraction for him. Don't leave human food out, which is a huge temptation for him. I know that's difficult, as it's your house. Have you got a Felliway plug in? It might help to calm things down between them. If you think he's in pain, ask the vet for a daily painkiller. It just needs a bit of working out, which I know is hard work, but he obviously loves living with you, as he comes home to you everyday.
Ah I see he's overweight- probably not hyperthyroidism then. Really hope you get to the bottom of it as although it's not his fault it's wearing for you and must be distressing for him.
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