Kitty question

United States
January 19, 2007 4:50pm CST
My kitty is always looking to eat. This is non stop. She is healthy, a bit stocky. I rescued her about 8 months ago. She is 15 months old now. I cannot eat anything, without her jumping into my lap, or pawing me and talking to me for it. I know she is spoiled. But, I have a 9 year old, and he has been spoiled the same way. But, he is not all over me, begging to eat constantly. She has no parasites, as I checked. So, do you have a kitty hungry all the time for people food? She also eats her food.
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
19 Jan 07
i also have a rescue kitty and she is tiny looks like a kitten but is very chubby she loves to eat could be she is afraid that she might have to fight for her food she she eats everything she can before that happens lol just a thought
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Hummm, maybe you are right. Thank you for that thought. I just don't know why she is like that. I just gave her a treat, and my other one. She runs to try to get his treat, and then back to her own.
• India
20 Jan 07
All rescue kitties must be good looking..... I`ve a rescue kitty too...Itz so cute good looking and charming.... It`s not that much caught on me and running for food...She is a poor eating kitty but I think it will grow better as time goes..
• Italy
20 Jan 07
why not do you take a little dog??? dog is better than cat in my personal opinion... i have a lot of post versus cat..because..cat are opportunist!!! i think this..
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Some rescued kitties have been very hungry and want to be sure they eat enough so it won't be as bad if they have to go hungry again. You have to watch these kitties carefully or they WILL get over weight. You are going to have to be strict with your kitty about trying to get your food though. The word NO - putting her down EVERY time she jumps up when you have food - a squirt bottle with plain water - these things will help. But you need to look at yourself also. Where are you eating? IF you ONLY eat at the table and ONLY feed your kitties at their dish, they will learn where to eat. (It is also more difficult for them to get into your lap if you are sitting at the table.) If you eat all the time and all over the house the kitties think that is OK and it is very easy to get into your lap and try to get your food as they try to imitate you. The best way is to put some food in their dish for them just before you eat. That way you are both eating at the same time and in the proper place.
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you so much for all the info. You sound like you know her problem. She did get quite fat from overeating. She runs to the other cat to grab his treats and food, and then back to hers. I have not been as strict as I should, as she is the most loving creature. I must try to do as you said about not eating everywhere around the house and giving her something first. Thanks so much for your help. You get the best response and +.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you and I hope it helps. I grew up with both cats and dogs and I have had a few other pets over the years. This is a fairly common problem with rescued cats and with the "runt of the litter" when their siblings keep pushing them away from the food. When they get older they eat even when they are NOT hungry because they are afraid of being hungry and weak again.
• United States
20 Jan 07
That really makes sense to me, thanks so much for taking the time out to help me with this.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
20 Jan 07
my cats do not eat people food, i have a 5 month kitten that i rescued and she trys to jump on me while i am eating but have putting her down a couple times she knows to leave me alone, my older cat was never a problem with people food.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Sounds like mine. But she is so addicted to food, and so energetic. She wants what she wants and that's it. I know I am not strict, as she is so loving. But, why is she so hungry? She eats anything and everything including her food.
• United States
19 Jan 07
My kitten does the same thing. I put her down to the floor and tell her no. She jumps back up. Eventually she gives up and goes off. I found persistance and a squirt bottle works wonders.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Thank you dear. The squirt only helps for a second. She is right back. She is such a food addict..
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
19 Jan 07
Our cats are close to the age of your cats, if not a bit older. They are the same way. They just want whatever we have at least to try. Even if they just ate they want what we have. I think they are more nosy than anything else.
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• United States
19 Jan 07
Welll the 15 month year old grabs out of my plate and mouth. The older cat never did that. He just begs.
• United States
20 Jan 07
My cat Mitsie has this same problem of wanting to jump on mine or my husband's lap when we are trying to eat, I have countered this activity by mixing half a can of wet food with a cup of dry food, and before we sit down to eat we place the bowl of food down and this keeps her occupied while my husband and I are trying to eat.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
20 Jan 07
Yes I have a cat like that to who is nearly 10 years old I think they are just being greedy I mean I can feed her and if there is food about she is there wanting it
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@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I have 3 kitties, and I've never fed them anything but Science Diet (dry) and an occasional split can of tuna or a handful of turkey scraps. Two of my kitties are very thin and trim and always have been. The 3rd is a total porker. Ever since he was a kitten he just didn't metabolize his food the way my other cats have, and he started to put on pounds. I think cats are like people. Some of them have a tendency to put on weight and others don't.
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• Philippines
20 Jan 07
I have a cat which I had since he was a baby.We treat him asfamily and we goes on top of our table he gets a spanking. He has his own place in the house and we always feed him. Maybe you should give a time for your kitty to eat let her know her place and dont spoil her. Spank her so she wont do it again. You wont kill her you will even help her and yourself be disciplined.
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@mom2boys (334)
• United States
20 Jan 07
When i had a kitty he always did this, no matter how much he just ate as soon as i would walk into the kitchen where his food was he would go nuts, chasing me, going to his bowl, coming back to me, so i would give him more, he was a bit fat, but i didn't know what else to do but give him a bit more, i figured he was just hungry alot. He was also free of parasites, maybe its a cat thing!!??
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• United States
20 Jan 07
My cat is not this way about people food. She could care less if you gave her any of your food or not, but every time you get up she thinks that you should refill her dish with cat food. She would eat 24 hours a day if I would let her. Yes she is spoiled and I do fill her dish most of the time that she asks.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Your cat may have a high metabolism, ever thought about that. If that is the case, just keep feeding her. My cat, Dubby, has a high metabolism and we just have to keep feeding him. He eats and he eats, but he never gains a pound, he is as thin as thin can be. We have taken him to the vet and he is just fine, he just loves to eat a lot.
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@magikrose (5424)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I have 2 rescued kittens and they really only eat there food unless I offer table food to them myself. It could be that because because you have started that habit from the start that she is so used to it. That may be a habit you have to break if you are willing to just say NO and put her down every time she jumps into your lap. Eventually she will learn that she only gets table food when it is offered to her not when ever she jumps in your lap.
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@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
Our cat does the same thing....We sometimes give her a nibble here and there...however..we often just shoo her away...I think cats are just like that...they can eat until they burst. There are many times when she has eaten and cries and acts like she hasn't. Or she has had treats..and tried to get more...so just do what you feel is best. I think too much human food is not good either...
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• Canada
20 Jan 07
Your little kitty, is still quite young, and possibly still growing. Also, sometimes, rescue animals are afraid of hunger, and so, will stock pile food, and keep eating, for fear of not getting anymore. However, having said all that, it sounds like maybe you are spoiling this little kitty, by allowing it to develop some bad habits. I would discourage you from offering it your food, and persistance will pay off, if you keep putting it down, and teaching it , in a kind way, not to bug you for food.
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
20 Jan 07
My cats are eating machines lol. I remember one time, we ordered a pizza. Sitting at the table eating, and Sheba came casually sauntering up to the table. All of a sudden she jumped up, grabbed a slice, and ran off with it-wihtin a 3 second time span lol. I was so shocked, never expected her to do that, the dog yes but not her. She would never do that kind of stuff, that's what made it so funny, and also the site of this black cat running off with this huge slice of pizza lol...
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@tictac714 (976)
• United States
20 Jan 07
I have 2 kittens that are about 6 months. When I got them they were always jumping on my lap or even the table trying to get at my food. Luckily for me, I just get putting them back on the floor and never rewarded them for that behavior and they don't do it anymore. They do beg for food while I'm cooking though, so I will give them a very small amount in their dish...I see no harm in it. I think it's alright that your cat is always wanting people food...that's what dogs do anyway...but as it may not be as healthy as cat food, why don't you try doing what I did? It might work.
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@suzannaz (73)
• Canada
20 Jan 07
We had this problem with one of our cats. She was rescued and will eat constantly if we allow her to and it casued some weight issues. Same as you, we got her checked out and there was nothing physcially wrong with her but the vet did say that he had seen this happen in cats who were abandoned and went without food for some time. We have had to not allow her people food and we feed her on a schedule now, not just keep refilling her bowl whenever it's empty
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@GardenGerty (100344)
• United States
20 Jan 07
My newest, youngest is also that way. I wonder if that means they were separated too soon from their mothers. I think my little one (who is no longer little or young) did have a tape worm. At least someone did, right after I got him, and no one else ever has. He was successfully treated. It has mostly been this last year that he has become such a determined pest. It is worse in the winter. He also thinks he should stand on the laptop while I use it. I think he is hungry for the attention as well.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
20 Jan 07
Most of our feline friends love our food. We feed them theres however when we eat they come around. Most of the them have manners and wait patiently. My Ozzie will meow and stand up with feet on my knee to ask for some directly. We do have one cat that will steal if you turn your head or back for a second. He is bad. Just seems to think that he has to have it. We put him outside if he gets too pushy. So I guess there is one every now and again.
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