How to Stop Your Cat from Eating Your Other Cat’s Food
26 February, 2013

My sister has two kittens, Gracie & Wyatt, that she adopted that are brother and sister.  She loves her kitties and couldn’t be happier to have adopted them together.  They are best friends and play with each other when she is at work.  The only issue she has is that Wyatt, the boy, is getting a little chunky and will sometimes eat Gracie’s food.  Gracie is the perfect weight but she is trying to find a way to feed Gracie more and Wyatt less.

Most pet owners, who have more than one pet, have encountered this problem.  Dogs will sometimes eat the other’s dog’s food or even the cat’s food.  It really isn’t a big issue unless one of the animals is either gaining too much weight or if one of your pets is on a certain medicated food for allergies or illness that is specific to one pet.

Below are some tips that can help you to get your cats’ to eat their own food:

Feed your cats in separate places

If you can separate your cats in the morning and feed them in their own spot, this is ideal.  Clearly, the piggy cat will figure out that there is food in the other location, so you will need to be able to be there to watch both cats and block the piggy cat’s access to it.   This might take a little more time each morning, but it is worth the effort.

If you are rushing in the morning, try having your ‘piggy’ cat eating in a closed room, maybe a bathroom that is nearby.  This cat will probably eat wherever the food is while the slimmer cat might not respond as well to eating behind closed doors.  Then when the slimmer cat is done, you can let piggy cat out!   Who knows?  This sort of ‘closed door policy’ might encourage the piggy cat not to eat the grazer cat’s food altogether.

Leave limited food out all day

If you have a cat that is overweight, it is advisable to leave only a limited amount of dry food out each day.  If you feed both your cats a high quality canned food in the morning and only a limited amount of dry food, neither cat will go hungry.  The piggy cat might even lose weight while the slimmer cat will certainly maintain his or her weight.

Feed the thinner cat when you get home

When you get home from work at night, you can give the slimmer cat more wet food if necessary.   And, of course, use the methods described above to make sure only the slimmer cat gets the food.  You can also refresh the dry food since you are home and are able to monitor the eating a bit more.  Do remember that dry foods are usually filled with carbohydrates which can make your cat gain weight.  Therefore, it is advisable to always monitor or limit the dry food.

In summary, there really is no magical way to stop your piggy cat or dog from eating the other cat’s food and should never be punished for doing so.  Just make sure to separate your cats and monitor the piggy cat’s weight.  As always, your veterinarian will give you recommendations if one of your cats’ is getting too fat.

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