Pet Personalities: Gorging George

Not all cats are finicky eaters. Some, like Gustav, are gorgers and just like the dog we call The Hoover, cats can eat too much too quickly and then vomit. It’s not pretty when it happens, and it’s not good for your cat.

The trick is to slow down the consumption. There are several ways we can recommend to do just that.

Dry food solutions

gorginggeorge-slobowlUse a slo-bowl. Although not specifically for cats, the smaller size bowl will do wonders to slow down your gorging feline.

Spread food out by placing it on a baking sheet. Your cat will have to move around the tray to complete his meal.

Use an automatic cat feeder. You can set a timer for feeding at intervals.

Put golf balls in with the food. Depending on the size of the cat dish, you may need 2 or 3. Your cat will need to move the golf balls around the bowl in order to find the kibble.

Use food balls to make a game out of eating. Your cat can play and try to eat the food out of the food balls during feeding time. This will definitely slow him down.

Smaller portions more often. If you are home with your cat during the day, try feeding him smaller portions of food more often. If your cat eats too fast and vomits up her food or starts to show signs of digestive issues like bloating, you may want to adjust her feeding schedule. Instead of three big meals a day, try feeding your cat smaller portions five to six times a day for one to two weeks.

Wet food solutions

gorginggeorge-eatingThere aren’t as many solutions, but here are a few good ones that will make your cat slow down:

  • Put food in mini muffin pan
  • You can also put food in smaller dishes throughout your home so your cat has to move around to eat more food
  • If you add water to your cat’s food (which is great for urinary tract health, don’t use too much.

Other reasons why George may gorge

Sometimes abandoned or feral cats learn gorging behaviour because they never know where their next meal will come from, but it also happens when you have a food bully that dominates a lower cat in the hierarchy. If you have one cat that never seems to put on weight and another that never seems to lose it no matter how much less you feed him, he’s probably a food bully. In this case, it may be best to feed your cats in separate rooms. If your Gorging George is a food bully, using any of the methods above will greatly help.