Monday, August 10, 2009

Feeding Time

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This row of feeding bowls would never work for my cats. I tried giving them each their own bowl. Rocket, my big boy cat (often lovingly referred to as our fat cat), would just eat all three bowl unless I stood watch. Since I don't have that much spare time on my hands, I use one bowl to feed all three now, and it works well since the cats have determined their own feeding order.

Spirit, the queen of the household, goes first. As soon as I start pouring the food, she appears. Even if Rocket is right there, he backs away so Spirit can eat. Sometimes she won't be hungry, but she wants to be the first one to check out the food bowl. A sniff, then she'll walk away without taking one bite. I'm not sure why the other cats let her get away with that, but they do. Maybe it's because she's usually the one who lets me know when they're hungry if I haven't already fed them.

It's Smalls turn next. The feline females rule in the McClone house or perhaps Rocket is just a gentleman cat. He will patiently sit and watch while she takes her turn. This must be hard for him because she won't eat from the bowl. She must first remove the food and place it on the floor. I'm guessing this is some ingrained habit after living outside for so long until she became an indoor cat. I really wouldn't want to use a garbage can as a plate, either! Though she drinks from the toilet, rarely the water bowl, so who knows what her true motivation is.

Once she finishes, it's Rocket's turn. Finally. And he enjoy every single bite!

Hope you have a great Monday!


Dru said...

I think that's great that they leave food for Rocket.

Where does Chaos have his meal?

Anne-Kathrine said...

LOL love the pic.

Since my pets are all on special diets everyone has their own place with their own bowls. Keeps the peace since they get fed twice a day and the bowls tend to be licked clean lol.

catslady said...

I've had 7 cats (6 now)and it's always been a problem. I leave dry out in 3 different places which works except for one cat who is fat but I have one ill cat and a couple skinny ones and I don't want to prevent them from eating when they want. I give soft food in the morning so they all have to have their own dish and I do have to watch over the fat cat so she only gets her little bit lol. Before my oldest female passed I had to keep spraying with water my oldest dominant male because he would chase her away. Then there's my outside and games lol. Oh, and when we had our dog I had to find a place high for their food (only had a few cats then thank goodness).

Brandy said...

I have two feeding stations with a bowl of food and a bowl of water at each. I feed the cats downstairs about 3 times a day and upstairs is only filled at night. Somehow they've come up with their own feeding order as well. With eight cats I have to leave the food down all day, but I don't have any over eaters. Even Layla, we don't know why she's so heavy, but it's not the food. *G*

I hope you're having a good day!

Marianne Arkins said...

I used to have a cat who would put his paw in the food and pull out a piece to eat (usually FROM his paw if he was careful). He never ate directly from the bowl. Aren't kitties fun with their quirks?