Conquer Your Multiple-Cat Feeding Challenges

You can’t imagine life without your three charming adopted cats. Truffles, Peppermint, and Cinnamon have shared your household for several months; and these three feisty girls have finally resolved their territory battles and litter box preferences. However, you’re still struggling to streamline three different sets of feline feeding arrangements. You’ve asked your veterinarian from Hancock County to provide some easy-to-understand feeding instructions. Learn more about multiple-cat feeding challenges.

Different Nutritional Requirements

Crazy little Truffles is a healthy, energetic girl who thrives on her standard adult cat diet. Thirteen-year-old Peppermint is a proper senior lady who enjoys her senior cat blend. Cinnamon is an eight-year-old girl who dines on a therapeutic food that helps to manage her chronic medical condition. Cinnamon’s food meshes nicely with her treatment plan.

Of course, cats are notorious rule breakers. During any meal, Truffles might snarf down some of Peppermint’s or Cinnamon’s food, or vice versa. While healthy Truffles might not suffer adverse effects, your two special-diet cats might experience digestive upset from consuming strange food.

Too Much or Too Little Food?

Many spoiled-rotten pet cats have become obese by eating too much and sleeping for hours. In fact, there’s a national epidemic of feline obesity. By filling your girls’ bowls each morning, and topping them off as needed, you might be helping your cats eat more food than necessary.

Also, since Truffles has some food aggression, she might drive Peppermint and Cinnamon away from their bowls so she can snag their kibbles. While Truffles might gain some weight, Peppermint and Cinnamon could become malnourished from lack of good nutrition.

Food Monitoring Challenges

If Truffles, Peppermint, or Cinnamon experiences a sudden increase or decrease in appetite, they could be developing a medical problem. Unfortunately, if all three cats have unlimited food access, and one (or more) cats eats someone else’s food, you can’t easily monitor each cat’s food consumption. If you don’t detect that eating behavior change immediately, your ailing cat won’t receive the quick diagnosis and treatment she needs.

Try This Simple Solution

Each morning, measure each cat’s distinctive food into her specially colored or marked bowl. Place the bowls far apart, ideally in a different room; or watch the cats carefully to prevent food thievery. Once the cats have finished their food, or they’ve had about 15 minutes to eat, take their bowls away. About 12 hours later, or on your vet’s schedule, repeat this same sequence with fresh food.

Your Hancock County vet will be pleased that you’ve made the extra effort to keep Truffles, Peppermint, and Cinnamon well nourished. If necessary, your vet can fine-tune your cats’ feeding programs to meet their changing needs.

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