Do your cats eat too much?

United States
May 7, 2009 1:30pm CST
My cats have a food bowl and snack all day from the food that is left out. They only eat cat food, with the exception of my oldest cat who enjoys milk and dairy based products. I'm worried that they are not eating enough. This morning I came into the kitchen and their food bowl was almost entirely full as if no one had eaten the entire day before. Maybe I'm just putting out too much food. Do your cats eat too much food? Too little? How is it possible to tell?
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@cj5guy (93)
• United States
7 May 09
You can't really force your cats to eat. I had cats that were all strays and the first week or so for each, they would eat the bowl clean and then puke it up. The vet told me it was normal since they were strays and ate only when they had a chance, after the first week, they knew the food was there and ate when they felt hungry. Currently my dog always has food in his bowl but only eats it about every 2 days. He's healthy and active, so there is nothing to worry about. The only thing that might make a difference is switching cat food. Cats are pretty lazy so they don't use a lot of energy therefore they don't eat a whole lot. If they have toys that they play with and are active, then you have nothing to worry about, they will eat when they get hungry.
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• United States
8 May 09
We have four cats including a kitten. Three came from the outdoors and are usually good eaters; but since we moved into a new place they have been picking at the food. Maybe it's a stress issue.
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• United States
7 May 09
If you always leave food out for you cats, they will eat when they are hungry and only when they are hungry. If you notice over several days that they arent eating any food, then you should worry. When my cat was a kitten, he was really sick. He didnt eat for a couple of days so we took him to the vet. He was so congested that he couldnt smell anything. Cats wont eat what they cant smell. It is a self-preservation thing. This way they can be sure they arent eating fecal matter of another animal. Just watch your cats, as long as they are eating something they are fine. When they get hungry, they will eat more!
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@GardenGerty (87559)
• Marion, Kansas
8 May 09
When they gorge themselves and puke it up, you know that they have eaten too much. I have not had a problem with too little, though. I would just put out what the bag recommends per cat. I give mine about 1/2 cup each in their bowl in the morning.
• United States
8 May 09
They're not doing that. So I guess it's the lack of food being eaten that is bothering me. I'm guessing they are just getting used to the new place so it could be stress related.
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@cmy1004f (381)
• China
8 May 09
Food of my cat just like human we are, will be affected about mention or other things, for example she had not cry to eat a whole day once, but she also could ask for food more than five times a day. She used to eat fish, chicken also as her favorite. We gave cat food to her once, but she don't touch more after a few days. Sometime we will give her snacks as bread, she also like to accept.
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@Darkwing (21590)
17 May 09
They probably hunt outside as well as eating the cat food you provide. I wouldn't worry too much about it because I'm sure they'll let you know if you don't feed them enough. I used to give mine a half tin in the morning and the rest in the evening, mixed in with little biscuits. Brightest Blessings.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
12 May 09
My fiance's mom buys wet and dry food for both our cat(s) and dogs. Lol, I know the discussion isn't about dogs though. In any case, the I say cat(s) because one is outside and doesn't eat wet food unless our indoor cat doesn't finish hers in the morning. We feed them morning and night wet food and dry food stays out all day. The best way to see if they are eating or not is to put out a specific amount of food and then see if it has dwindled down and just how much. You might want to ascertain between cats though and that may be harder as you'd most likely have to get them different dishes for their food. They may just be tired of their food. Our indoor cat has gotten tired of her food or gotten sick. She also eats the dogs food as well, it's really a share situation with the animals on food most of the time.
@hezoid (2150)
11 May 09
I think she eats about the right amount, she looks to be about perfect weight. She has a good apetite but we don't put too much food out or she's gorge herself and be sick, though she always has some dried biscuits to nibble on. We feed her wet food twice a day and then she has the dries biscuits when she pleases.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
11 May 09
I can't say one way or the other because cats tend to eat in nibbles all day long. They don't eat a full meal at any one sitting but eat little bits here and there. I have three bowls of cat food that gets filled twice a day every day and they'll eat what they want when they want however, in the summer months they tend to not eat as much because they're outside running around eating bugs and what not so they're not as hungry but in the winter time, they eat more dry and can cat food which is fine with me.
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
9 May 09
I do not have cats anymore, but my sister has 2 cats that will eat as much food as you are willing to give them. Once in awhile my son will feed them and he will give them too much and they will throw up.
• Indonesia
8 May 09
ok as fellow cat owner, I have the same problem with you, but in the end I know they are in mating season, so they more busy to search for girl than food. our cat is more strong than we think, my cat can go a whole 24 hours just to stalking one female cat, without need to eat, just let them be they will come back to you, but maybe a little skinny. :(
• United States
8 May 09
Most cat experts and feline nutritionists today do not recommend leaving free choice food out for cats. A great resource for cat owners is "The New Natural Cat" by Anitra Frazier. In this book, Ms Frazier explains how the smell of continual food can cause a cat's system to become too alkaline and this can cause a number of problems. It can lead to feline urinary tract problems such as crystals and blockages. It can cause a cat to become finicky because the smell of the food makes them think they are always full. This is a physical reaction as well as mental. It can go in the other direction with some cats and cause obesity in cats who feel competitive about food (sometimes that even happens in only cats). It's strongly recommended to only put food down at mealtimes, leave it down for twenty to thirty minutes, pick up any leftovers, and then *wash all dishes*. Even the smell of dirty cat food dishes can cause the above reactions. If you have multiple cats, give each his or her own dish or plate, and feed them separately ... if they're not too close together, they will be less likely to plate-swap. Feed wet or canned food. If you feed dry, that's fine, but feed canned as well. This allows you to mix it together and make the dry food "sticky". I recommend this, because if you have fast eaters and slow eaters, you can smush the food down onto the plate for your fast eaters, slowing them down, and bunch it up into bite sized bits for the slow-pokes, speeding them up. There is less of a chance, then, that the fast eaters will gobble theirs down and try to get slow-poke's supper from them. Once a meal is done, don't put the food down again till the next mealtime. Cats should be fed no more than two or three times per day, dividing the healthy daily portion of food into several "installments". My own cats have always averaged about two tablespoons full of food per meal before they feel satisfied. Remember that a kitty's stomach is not much larger than a large walnut! If you do this for several days, your cats will catch on to the new routine. They may try to con you into thinking they're hungry, but they're really not. And they're really not "trying to con you", either. ::smile:: They just haven't gotten used to their new schedule yet. In this way, I've always managed to make sure my cats all get the right amount (adding a little more or taking a little away to keep their weight healthy), and my cats have always lived to very old age. My kitty who passed away in January was nineteen years old, and my current remaining cat will be sixteen next month and is still chasing mice around and very active. Good luck!
• United States
8 May 09
if they eat too much,they usually throw it up. a true glutton is kind of rare,you usually see it among former strays. ..having said that,my black cat is a glutton.he'll eat his plus the other two's if i don't keep an eye on him.
• Canada
8 May 09
The only reason why our cat eats too much is because my husband spoils him absolutely rotten. LOL Whatever the cat wants, the cat gets. I spoil him too, sometimes. When I am eating smoked salmon, I like to give him a little piece...otherwise, he'll take the whole thing, and run away with it. haha