I have a fat kitty. She always makes me feel so guilty, I give into her demands and she just gets bigger and bigger.
We hear this all the time. Most cats
are experts at getting us to do what they want. However, most cats
can easily self-regulate their food intake and will not maintain
excess weight when they are fed a proper carnivore diet.
Some cats will eat whatever food you
place in front of them and then beg for more. Some of us have a hard
time looking into those pleading eyes and we give in to their
demands. This back and forth between cat and care giver can be hard
on both parties and decisive action needs to be taken to break this
First let’s distinguish between a
hungry cat and a cat acting out of habit. A cat wanting food out of
habit will generally look at their food dish then at you, as if to
say I’m hungry. If you walk away and your cat goes about their
normal business then your cat was not really hungry, but may have
been acting out of habit or concern that their food supply is getting
too low. On the other hand, a hungry cat will become very vocal,
follow you from room to room, always be under foot and may even
become aggressive. No cat should be allowed to go more than 12 hours
If your cat is not really hungry and
acting only out of habit, then you can change their behavior.
Changing a cat’s behavior will generally take a minimum of two
weeks, you will need to be both patient and consistent.
Always separate love and attention and
play time from food. Try to keep all interactions with food as boring
as possible. A cat acting out of habit will be easily distracted with
playtime or a good brushing. A hungry cat will not be deterred and
will be very vocal. It is your job to feed enough food to satisfy
their metabolic needs and then learn the difference between habit and
actual hunger. We are always here to help, please do not hesitate to
contact us with questions.