Food aggresive kitten

by Andrew
(UK)


Please help!


We have the most loving, friendly & adorable little bengal/sphynx cross. He loves our company and will follow us wherever we go BUT we have one little problem.

When we feed him, he is like a savage wild animal & growls & claws & covers the food as if to say (it's all mine, mine you hear!!!!!)
When he has the food he makes the sweetest nom nom nom & yum yum yum sounds but when he first gets the food it's like the inner beast has awoken to tear apart his prey. I must say that it is when he has meat & he loves chiken & ham the most.
We just don't want him to carry on like this when he is fed as he may over run our other two cats that don't pose any threat to him while he eats?

He has clawed & bitten us when he has been given meat treats.

Answer by KAte
Hi
well some cats do get over excited when food is around. It normally happens more with cats who have been homeless for awhile as food is very precious to them so it is more unusual for kittens who have always had a good home.

All you can do to try and change this behavior is to carry out the cat discipline of negative and positive response. It won't be easy but if you are persistent then it should help him calm down.

Basically when you give him meat treats, when he bites and scratches you take the food away and you walk away from him, this is a negative response to his behavior. when he eats politely he gets lost of praise etc.

This technique is discussed on this page

http://www.our-happy-cat.com/cat-discipline.html

best wishes Kate

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