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Does your cat yell to be fed just after you've fed him?

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Flamingoose Sun 23-Sep-18 09:23:09

Pink LOVES his food, and often starts shouting at me 2 hours before feeding time. He also gallops hopefully to his food bowl if anyone makes the mistake of walking down the stairs near the bowl. His greatest ambition and dearest wish in this life is to become as fat as possible. He is fed a normal amount of food twice a day.

Pink wakes me up every morning by sitting on my bedside table and shouting at me until I get up and feed him. This happens any time from 5am onwards. I am knackered (for non-Pink related reasons) so the other night dh put a cup of food into Pink's bowl just before bed in the hopes of giving me a lie in. It worked! Which makes me worry that maybe he is actually hungry.

I can't just leave food down because he will literally eat and eat and never stop.

This evening I fed him, and an hour later he was pestering and pestering for food. I gave in and fed him again. All gone.

Is he hungry? Am I starving my poor boy?

He never used to be like this. I wonder if he perhaps had another family feeding him and they've stopped or something...

He's currently a healthy weight, definitely not skinny though, and very active. He has been a bit fat in the past.

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dementedpixie Sun 23-Sep-18 09:47:27

How much are you giving him? Mine get half a pouch each 3 times a day and then have a small bowl of dry left out all day that they come back and forward to

legocardsagain Sun 23-Sep-18 09:49:36

We feed on demand. Cat is 11 now. He's not overweight. He eats 4-5 pouches a day, plus whatever he catches. He screams for food when his bowl is full, fussy about eating certain flavours. hmm

Lynne1Cat Sun 23-Sep-18 09:50:20

My Mr Cooper is a big boy, and I leave dry food down all day for him. He also has 3 pouches of wet food each day - breakfast, teatime and bedtime (the last one is at about 10.30, then he stays in all night)

Flamingoose Sun 23-Sep-18 09:52:31

He gets just over the amount recommended for his weight, plus half a tin of meat a day.

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Flamingoose Sun 23-Sep-18 09:53:26

I honestly can't leave dry food down. He eats it until its gone.

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Flamingoose Sun 23-Sep-18 09:54:45

It's good quality food too - Royal Canin kibble, and a local brand of 100% meat tins.

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Solasshole Sun 23-Sep-18 09:59:28

My cats will stare at you expectantly when they know it's breakfast time and dinner time, but outside of that they don't bother us for food

Flamingoose Sun 23-Sep-18 10:01:48

Cat tax

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OlderThanAverageforMN Sun 23-Sep-18 10:02:02

Arthur has 4 pouches a day plus a large bowl of Iams plus mice. He is large and lean and active. I find he eats more in the winter than summer and that Felix 100g pouches fill him up better than the more expensive and smaller 85g Goumet type food. Before I got him on the Iams he would eat 6 pouches a day and still yell!!! Oh, he also gets all the off cuts of any fresh meat we have for dinner.

TofuCat Sun 23-Sep-18 10:02:41

Has he been wormed recently?

Flamingoose Sun 23-Sep-18 10:09:18

Oh. Worms. That's a thought.

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shallen Sun 23-Sep-18 10:24:39

My friend has a cat that wolfs anything down at lightning speed then screams for more (he is Siamese so really does sound like he is screaming).
She has a thing to stop him eating so fast, it's like a bowl made of hard plastic, got lots of different shaped blunt spikes that stick out of it and the cat has to scoop biscuits out individually to eat them rather than cram them in 8 at a time. May he'll slow them down and realise they are actually eating.

dementedpixie Sun 23-Sep-18 10:49:16

Royal canin isn't that great tbh. Check the ingredients as they don't tend to have a lot of meat and usually have grains in too. Mine have thrive/encore/ purizon dry which range from 70-90% meat. Maybe give a bit more wet food and a bit less dry as the dry food will have more carbs

bookmum08 Sun 23-Sep-18 11:04:59

Whenever I see my mum's cat she (the cat) gives a sob story that no one ever feeds her. Ever. Same with my mother in law's one. Starving she tells me. And my friends cat who is a giant solid boy - no one feeds him ever he told me.
I am very concerned when these poor kitties tell me they are never being fed ever!!
(which is usually followed by a human voice "oh for pity's sake I just fed you")

Wolfiefan Sun 23-Sep-18 11:10:09

Age? Has he lost weight despite eating loads? Worth a vet check re thyroid etc.

Ginkypig Mon 24-Sep-18 13:54:29

If it's a new behaviour especially if he's getting on a bit then get his thyroid checked at the vet.

If not or the vet check finds nothing then I'm sorry but some cats are just greedy and loud about it as long as he's getting the right amount of decent food then he's just moaning for the sake of it grin

You could try giving him his meals split so smaller portions but more often so he gets the same amount over the course of the day but he is tricked into thinking he's getting fed more because your putting food down more often.

Toddlerteaplease Mon 24-Sep-18 15:17:24

Could you get a timed feeder. That would let you off the hook!

ifonly4 Mon 24-Sep-18 16:16:55

How old is he? If middle aged upwards, then as previously mentioned think about getting his thyroid checked.

Alonglongway Mon 24-Sep-18 16:22:04

We have a timed feeder - really useful for the greedy cat

Ski37 Mon 24-Sep-18 16:27:00

I could have written the exact same post about my cat! I haven’t changed his food or his routine and he was wormed 2 weeks ago. The only thing I can think of is that the weather has changed (colder now) so instead of being outside murdering small animals he has decided its better to stay where it’s warm and beg for food instead. If it doesn’t settle and if he starts losing/ gaining weight he will be off for an early check up at the vet!

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