Feeding in Multi-Cat Households

The animals in multi-cat households may have different dietary requirements. Here's how to feed all your pets without sabotaging their diets.

Posted: Wed Dec 18 00:00:00 PST 2002

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Separating overweight and normal weight cats during feeding time is one solution to ensure all cats get their required daily caloric intake (and not too much). This may require adapting the cats to a feeding schedule rather than allowing free-feeding. If the cats are home alone during the day or if they are fed during the night, this approach will require keeping separate litterboxes in the rooms. Also, switching from premium diets to standard-type products may reduce the caloric intake for your cat. If these solutions don't work, try changing to a "light" product for all of your cats. Consult your veterinarian for advice.

For multi-cat households where the cats have different tastes, it is important to keep in mind that a diet containing lots of fruit and vegetables might be fine for humans, but such a regimen is not good for cats. Cats are carnivores and need dietary sources of nutrients such as taurine, vitamin A and arachidonic acid. Each cat in your household should be fed a complete and balanced diet with an occasional treat or two. Research shows that animals do not eat to satisfy their nutrient needs, but rather their likes and dislikes, so be sure to find a complete and balanced cat food your cat likes.

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Janet    Bethlehem, PA

8/4/2013 8:49:17 AM


Diane    Indianapolis, IN

4/26/2012 1:12:06 PM

Some suggested sitting on the floor and taking a kibble of food and tossing it down the hall. Kitty must go after it, then come back. Then throw another. One at a time.

janet    bethlehem, PA

6/14/2011 4:28:15 AM

interesting information, thank you

janet    bethlehem, PA

2/22/2011 4:26:18 AM

it sure is a challenge, especially if they have different diets

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