Our little orphan kitten

by Esrebella
(Owensboro KY US)

We found a cat on the street that belonged to nobody she was chubby but ate like she hadn't eaten in about 12 days (shes about 5-7 months old) What's wrong with her?


Answer by Kate
often cats that have found it hard or who have had to scavenge for food can become very protective of food ie they feel as if they have to eat everything they can and quickly before they loose it.
So it could simply be that your cat still feels like every meal may be her last for a while and so eats everything she can and fast. This is not good for her and a over weight cat will become unhealthy and eventually miserable as they won;t be able to get around like they used to.

You need to try and regulate her food so that she only eats the right amount of food as recommend on the can and that she gets used to eating more slowly.

you could try feeding her the right amount of food for the day but in lost of smaller meals so that she can't gobble it all down all at once. She will moan at first but she will eventually get used tot he fact that food will come at regular intervals and she should stop trying to eat so much so quickly.

i have a web page about fat cats etc which may be of interest to you, here is the address http://www.our-happy-cat.com/fat-cat.html

Also if she was a stray it is also a good idea to have her checked by a vet anyway to make sure that she is not suffering from anything else which she may have picked up on the streets.

best wishes Kate

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