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dmandel
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« on: July 24, 2009, 10:38:10 AM »

We have 2 cats. One who likes to graze all day and the other eats all her food at once and then her brother's too.  Needless to say we need to find a way to restrict Ellie's access but allow Buddy food when he needs it.  Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2009, 11:04:39 AM »

Welcome, dmandel!

I haven't much to suggest, beyond separating the 2 cats, at least for a while, so Buddy can eat. But that's hard if he's a grazer.  I think with any gadgets with timers, Ellie would just be there first and eat it all.  Is this kibble or canned food?  Is there a type/flavor of food that one likes and the other doesn't?

Maybe others here will be of more help.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2009, 11:14:58 AM »

Second welcome to itchmo!  Can you try to transition them to twice a day feeding?  I used to have dry food out all day for my cats, but switched them to twice a day a few years ago and it worked for all of them.  That way you can control portions, and even feed different foods if needed.  You may have to separate them till Buddy is done so Ellie doesn't scarf hers down then go for his.

If Buddy still needs some extra feedings, maybe you can set up food in a closet or closed off room and just let him in to eat for a few minutes several times a day.  I doubt an automated feeder would work since Ellie will probably just push him aside everytime it opens   Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2009, 11:55:34 AM »

Welcome dmandel ! I agree try to get them onto meal times instead of leaving it out. Sounds like Buddy only eats until he is full and Ellie just eats no matter what. You may have to separate them for meals at first,hopefully not for too long.
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dmandel
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2009, 02:07:57 PM »

Thanks everyone.  I was hoping for a miracle gadget.  One thought I have had is to set up a box with one of those cat doors that has to have a magnetic bit to open it.  Ellie is very persistent and will eat anything so maybe she will just push past him once his collar opens the box!!  We used to be able to put his food on top of the rerigerator but we made some changes in the kitchen and now she can get up there too.
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2009, 03:00:42 PM »

Oh boy . .  this is a tough one.  Does Ellie need to eat less for weight control or something?
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2009, 03:16:32 PM »

If you find a miracle gadget please let me know ! I have to stand over the 5 of them to keep everyone in their own food ! Cheesy If its nice out the dogs go out as soon as they are done to keep them out of the cat food. If its nasty out I have to lock them in a bedroom or literally stand between them & the cat bowls.
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2009, 03:52:21 PM »

Welcome, dmandel.

This is indeed a tough one. I used to feed the cats in separate areas and even separate rooms to keep the food grabbers from nabbing it all, but that won't work when food needs to be left out long term for leisurely nibblers.

What I'm wondering is if you could find a food that Buddy likes but Ellie doesn't. Ellie would have her own kind of food that she does like. So maybe she wouldn't want to get Buddy's food as much because she finds it less tasty. That's a tall order, I know, and they might like all the same things. Some of mine have very individual likes and dislikes.
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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2009, 12:26:11 AM »

Just wanted to welcome you dmandel. Can't add anything to suggestions from others so hopefully one will suit your situation.
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