June 5th 2012 6:35 pm
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It's hard to believe, but it's true! I'm 10 years old now! Thank you to all the thoughtful cats who remembered my special day on Sunday and left me happy birthday wishes and generous gifts on my Catster page!
I haven't been hanging out here regularly like I used to and am sorry if I missed any of your important events. I'm still the same cat though. Not much has changed about me, although Mom does say that at 10 years old my fur is softer than ever. A friend of Mom's who was over recently also commented on the softness of my fur (and Vanessa's). I attribute this quality to a good diet (grain-free canned food and raw only--that means no kibbles, cats!) and the fact that I like to keep active at night, heh heh!!
There is something, though, that has been sort of bothering me lately, and I wonder if any cat has experienced a similar situation. As the older and bigger cat, I obviously get more food than Vanessa. It makes sense, right? Well, it also makes sense that Vanessa finishes her portion faster, because she has less to eat. We normally eat the same food--any variations are minor. We eat several different brands and flavours of canned food, so often one can will have been started the night before and a new different can will be opened in the morning and the two foods served together. Dinner is usually the raw meal. Mom takes our individual portions of meat that she prepared earlier (usually on the weekend) out of the freezer and leaves them in the fridge to defrost during the day while she's at work. When she gets home all she has to do is take the meat packets out of the fridge and put them in our food bowls, minus the plastic wrap of course.
Mom says she bases the amount of food that we each get on a formula that she learned about on the Catster food and nutrition forum. Basically, I'm supposed to get around 60 grams of food 3 times a day and Vanessa gets around 40 grams of food 3 times a day--this works out to roughly 2 cans of Chicken Wellness between the two of us every day.
So, Vanessa finishes her portion faster than I do mine, obviously. Well, guess what she does immediately afterwards? She comes over to my food bowl, pushes me aside and starts eating my food!! This behaviour has been going on for weeks now and happens at almost every meal. I find it very annoying. Any ideas what I should do about it? So far, I haven't started any fights over it, but if push comes to shove… the Toffster will prevail! I'm curious to know what you'd do in my situation, cats.
I guess you can just live with it, or have your portion put in another room!
And happy happy Birthday Toffee!
Seperate feeding times? Or a but more food for van??
Hi Toffy! The only thing we can suggest is separate feeding areas, but that's sometimes tough to do. Don't know if it would be okay to feed Vanessa a little extra as Henry suggested???
Oh moldy catnip I missed your Birthday!
Happy (belated) 10th Birthday to you!
PS we meow feed Vanessa more, if she hasn't become chubby from stealing all your food then why not just give her more.
Hi cats! Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Vanessa and I already eat in separate rooms: I eat in the kitchen and Vanessa eats in the bedroom. Separate feeding times? Give Vanessa more food? I don't think so! Not as long as I'm top cat!