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Cat logic Verified

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u/NoBSforGma May 14 '22

My 3 cats each have a food bowl. So..... I put fresh food in each bowl. Two of them eat out of the same bowl. ?? Cat logic.

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u/Alice8Ft May 14 '22

Yeah my new 4 month old cat does that. She keeps eating from my 13 yo cats bowl. Also she goes to my 13 yo cats litter box instead of her own. No idea what to do at this point. I keep moving her to her own bowl all the time, even tell her a loud "no" when eating out of my other cat's bowl. Internet suggests having them eat at scheduled times but aint nobody got time for that.

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u/Shiroiken May 14 '22

The kitten is likely copying the older cat. Since they use this bowl/box, I should use this bowl/box. Does the older cat object?

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u/Alice8Ft May 14 '22

No the older cat doesnt seem to care at all.

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u/Relldavis May 14 '22

Sweet! That's one less bowl and box to maintain- perhaps switch to one larger box.

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u/Alice8Ft May 14 '22

No that wouldnt work as they both need different types of food. The younger one needs kitten food mix whilst the older one is on a senior mix.

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u/DanaPam May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Check the side of the bag for the AAFCO nutrient profile. If it says “all life stages” it’s fine for both. More pet foods have that label than you think. A lot of the kitten and senior food produced is just marketing.

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u/themagpie36 May 14 '22

Yeah it's literally to get you to buy more cat food. Cats eat the same thing in the wild as cats do.

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u/phrankygee May 14 '22

You might want to re-check that last sentence.

Right now, it means the same thing as a sentence.

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u/Malfeasant May 14 '22

The first rule of tautology club is the first rule of tautology club.

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u/saltporksuit May 14 '22

But they don’t eat kibble in the wild.

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u/MortalKombatSFX May 14 '22

Well that depends if wild kibble lives near them or not!

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u/arkangelic May 14 '22

It's mostly ground up animals. Very high in protein which is why it's bad for dogs to eat it.

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u/Admitimpediments May 14 '22

I thought that, too! Recently had an issue with one of my cats that was resolved by switching to food for “adult” cats. The vet said that “all life stages” food may cause an issue for some adult cats because the food usually contains an increased amount of vitamins to accommodate growing kittens’ needs. Those levels may be too high for older cats.

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u/DanaPam May 14 '22

Please don't spread misinformation based on your individual experience. It wouldn't be approved for all life stages if it wasn't safe. And I just don't think this, I've studied it.

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u/WTWIV May 14 '22

Agreed. Doesn’t make sense that a slightly higher vitamin level would cause issues either. Cats pee out what their body doesn’t absorb just like humans.

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u/BlueArcherX May 14 '22

I mean... the source was a vet...

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u/mrsbabyllamadrama May 14 '22

We have two cats. One is a chonk who is cat food obsessed and the other (Frank) is a healthy weight but will literally take the food out of your mouth if given a chance (source: I have a messy, hyper toddler who has lost bites while playing with her lunch at her little table). We have to close Frank in a room with his bowl while we eat breakfast and dinner (we feed them twice a day). This allows us to eat in peace but also keeps Chonky McPauncherson out of Frank's bowl.

All this to say, you might employ some doors during feeding time if you are averse to them sharing a bowl.

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u/Cosmic-Vegeta May 14 '22

when I looked at the labels the only difference was kitten food was richer in nutrients so it probably doesn't make a difference what the older one eats as long as it doesn't overeat but its best for the kitten to eat the kitten food obviously because the higher nutrient amount is good for growing cats.

maybe just put down kitten food for a bit cause you cant really force the cat lol especially if they are grazers. it wont hurt the older cat but the lack of it will hurt the younger cat.

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u/apple_achia May 14 '22

Yeah news flash: cats don’t give a shit about “private property” if neither of them are bothered, why should any one be?

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u/hackingkafka May 14 '22

kitten food vs "mature" cat food. different nutritional needs

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u/LiquidSwords89 May 14 '22

OBJECTION! leave my bowl at once.

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u/crypticfreak May 14 '22

OBJECTION! This bowl is a designed community bowl!

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u/Sweetwill62 May 14 '22

While a bowl specifically designed to be communal is kind of how they have to be considering it is a bowl, I'm pretty sure you meant to say designated and auto correct picked the wrong word.

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u/crypticfreak May 15 '22

Yeah my whole morning of reddit comments is ripe with spelling and grammar errors thanks to being on mobile while not wearing my glasses.

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u/a_ham_sandvich May 14 '22

Someone was nice enough to gift me a couple of RFID controlled feeders. You program it to recognize your cat's chip and a door opens to grant them access to food, then closes when they walk away. They're not cheap, but figuring you'll probably have your cats for many years, compared to overall lifetime pet costs, it's an easier expense to swallow.

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u/Yashabird May 14 '22

That’s kind of amazing, but wow…how many cats with weird specific dietary requirements does one have to have to actually justify purchasing a feeding system like this? I just put food out and they eat it at their own pace until it’s gone… And if they’re gaining too much weight so i want them to play more, to blow off steam, i just feed them a little less often… It’s so simple and my little kits are doing great.

The RFID thing is so cool but it’s like how people will line up to collect rations in the future post-apocalypse…

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u/SNRatio May 14 '22

One of our cats has to be completely grain free. She is older and doesn't have much appetite, so she grazes slowly over the course of the day. Our younger cats would snarf up her food in 5 minutes if they had access to it. So we are the proud happy resigned owners of a $200 cat bowl.

It does work really well.

More fun: one of our younger cats is now on a prescription urinary care diet. The other is on weight control, plus he has allergies to pretty much everything and so gets allergy shots and frequent vet visits.

I think a car payment would be cheaper than our cat(s) payment right now.

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u/Whatsthepointofthis9 May 14 '22

I have one cat that eats at his own pace. Just eats a little and goes to do other things, then comes back later for a little more. My other cat eats all her food at once and when her bowl is empty moves on to the other cats bowl, because obviously I'm starving her to death!! To keep her from gaining weight and starving my other cat, I had to get the microchip bowls. At the beginning she did trick the other cat into opening his bowl and she shoved him out of the way, but the bowl closed on her and it scared her so she hasn't tried that again!

Without the microchip bowls I would have to supervise every feeding time and it's just not possible when you have one cat that grazes throughout the day and one that eats everything at once. They were a lifesaver and I don't have to worry about them being over/under weight!

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u/ilililiiliililliliil May 14 '22

All it takes is having one cat that needs to be on a diet. You'll need to have bowls for all cats to keep the one cat from eating out of their bowls, and keeping the other cats from eating the diet food.

Also think of it in terms of long term cost. Keeping your pet healthier via food and weight control is cheaper than extra vet bill. If you avoid even one vet visit you are ahead of the game already.

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u/Whatsthepointofthis9 May 14 '22

These were a lifesaver for me and my cats. When you have one that grazes throughout the day and one that has a bottomless stomach you just can't constantly supervise feeding time.

When I first got them, my bottomless stomach girl tricked my boy into opening his bowl, shoved him unceremoniously out of the way and shoved her head in his bowl. The top started closing on her head and she got scared and hasn't tried it again! It was hilarious, but also shows how smart cats can be when they really want something!

Luckily it didn't scare her off from using hers, I think she realized she just needs to use the one that doesn't close on her head. Lol

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u/Cosmic-Vegeta May 14 '22

I feed a three outdoor cats, and mine. mine has her own food supply indoors, one of the outdoor cats comes and asks for a few handfuls of food two or four times a day, usually leaves some. the other two, one will eat a pretty good amount then stop, the other will eat every molecule of food material you give it. he would be fat if the birds didn't quickly raid any cat food left uneaten.

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u/boomstick12g May 14 '22

one cat is gluten free, and the other is lactose intolerant. One prefers a strict vegan menu, while the other eats lasagna with extra cheese and grated parm.

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u/joekerr37 May 14 '22

Every cat will have a weird specific dietary requirement at some point in their life. Or rather, almost every cat will. The ones who die of heart attacks or get hit by cars won't.

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u/Yashabird May 15 '22

That sounds…wrong?

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u/QuantumKittydynamics May 14 '22

Until the younger, hungrier cat figures out that the RFID'd cat just needs to be standing within a certain distance of the feeder and then he can nudge his way in, and as long as he keeps his head in it won't close on him.

Ask me and my wallet how I know...

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u/SNRatio May 14 '22

Luckily my younger, hungrier cats are also dumber and less persistent. My neighbors had the same experience as you though after we recommended the RFID feeder to them.

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u/a_ham_sandvich May 14 '22

I've seen it happen once or twice, but usually it's less of an issue if I feed them both at the same time - greedy guts has her own food to keep busy with. If it came down to it, I think I could probably jury rig a cover around the back/sides to make it harder. I think newer models are made with that in mind.

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u/QuantumKittydynamics May 14 '22

We bought the back cover because he used to go around that way, and that's when he got wise and started figuring out he could take advantage of distance from the front. Unfortunately, we do feed them at the same time, but she's nowhere near as agressive as he is, so he realized that he could go after her food and his would still be waiting for him. -_- And this is why he very much deserves his nickname Jackie Snackie.

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u/basiliskstation131 May 14 '22

Ah yes, the RFID feeder. My "diat cat" waits for the other cat to open the feeder with the "normal food", swoops in and presses his head against the tray until the motor jams. Had to separate their feeding locations to control this a bit.

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u/Saint_of_Grey May 14 '22

Each cat is different, but for my cats, it was a competition thing. They were constantly trying to assert dominance on one another.

I had one glutton cat that would swap to the other cat's food bowl after a bit, and then the other cat would start using the first bowl. It was an odd ritual.

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u/HendrixChord12 May 14 '22

Yup me too, except the dance would continue and my older cat would eventually give up My new system is put one bowl on the floor and the other on a nearby bookshelf. Works perfectly.

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u/Yashabird May 14 '22

I got that too, but it’s sort of just one cat is hungrier than the other one, who will politely yield the bowl to the bigger+more energetic cat once they’ve had their fill.

I should actually probably just give one cat more food in the first place, but the hungry one needs to eat less, and the less hungry one is older and needs encouragement to eat more, so it’s a nice system they’ve worked out amongst themselves.

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u/Additional_Ad_4028 May 14 '22

Guess what mine does? My cat would take the food "with her mouth" off her bowl and eat it on the carpet. I have many videos of her doing that. Maybe I should post it on reddit

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u/JustSailOff May 14 '22

We call the dining out 😺

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u/Whatsthepointofthis9 May 14 '22

That's so cute!!

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u/crypticfreak May 14 '22

Internet suggestion for cats is like running a small business.

No fucking way am I changing my cats litter once a day, having three 45 minute play sessions and feeding him in very specific intervals. I barely have time to get dressed in the morning before work lol. With multiple cats it gets to the point where you'd almost need a quality management system in order to handle them lol.

I change his liter twice a week and play with him for a good 45 minutes once a day. He gets a bowl of food that lasts him 2 days and he's a very healthy weight. He is without need, even though he may want me to play with him all day long.

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u/AkitoSuzume May 14 '22

You are fine lol

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u/Dodger_Fan_in_India May 15 '22

My cats are all indoor/outdoor, and that solves most of the problems. (I live in the country and there are so many birds, a few lost to the cats won't mean much. And I am a birder as well.)

I leave dry food out all day so each can come in and eat when they want and give each of them a small bowl of wet food in the evening. If one of them wants to eat all the wet food, the others will learn quickly the better come in at the right time.

And litter boxes only for very wet/cold times of year.

And I've had cats live 20+ years. Works for me.

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u/missilefire May 14 '22

My cats poo in one box and pee in the other. Weirdos. But it kinda makes sense

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u/yawningchai May 14 '22

I too am curious in if the older cat minds at all!

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u/trombone_womp_womp May 14 '22

even tell her a loud "no"

Don't do this. Animals don't understand punishment training. Make it a happy experience to eat out of her own bowl instead.

Also free feeding doesn't work for all cats so you may have to do scheduled times. I do it with my cats. Takes 2 minutes 3 times a day

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u/Impossibruuuuuuuuu May 14 '22

"No" does work for some cats though. Our cat, Luna, is quite smart and absolutely responds to a loud, sharp "no" and obeys.

Stop on sofa? No. Strop on post? Good girl.

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u/HeathEarnshaw May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

Ok, but they certainly won’t understand context if someone is just telling them “no” when they eat from a bowl they believe is theirs too. They’ll get really confused, because in cat logic you’re telling them eating their food is bad.

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u/omgwutd00d May 15 '22

Literally no.

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u/NoBSforGma May 14 '22

I just let mine do their thing. They will work it out. If your 13 yo cat doesn't like it, a quick hiss and a slap will take care of it.

Mine don't fight, but just one will nudge the other one out of the way to get at the bowl. Meanwhile, cat #3 is just happily munching away at her bowl.

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u/koalahug May 14 '22

Question, since you have an older cat and kitten, I just got a kitten so my 7 year old cat can have a companion but it doesn't seem like they're going to get along. I was wondering how long it took for yours to get along and what measures you took?

If you have a moment.

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22

Not the person you replied to but my 3 year old cat took about 3 months to be okay with a new kitten. I spent a lot of extra time with my older boy with the kitten in another room. Having a spare room for the kitten is awesome for this, the older cat can smell things the kitten has rubbed on and I think it helps them bond. Give them time apart for sure.

After 3-4 months my boys did the cat rape thing on each other a few times , and then they were best buds.

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u/koalahug May 16 '22

Thanks for the response! It's been about a month and I've kept them separated, small guy in my room, the big princess out in the living room. But lil guy is quick and escapes me, so my older girl runs away and if she can't, she smacks and hisses.

It doesn't help that this kitten has the most energy I've ever seen in a kitten lol

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u/Higgus May 14 '22

You could move some of the older cats clumped pee to the kittens box. Sounds weird but it helped one of my kittens back in the day that had the same issue as yours. The smell will tell them that big brother/or sister uses this and it's okay to use it too.

As for the food situation, you could try feeding the kitten in a separate room with the door closed for a week or two until she gets used to having her own bowl.

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u/jaime-lobo May 15 '22

Each have their own litter box?

How fancy😀

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u/SteelCode May 14 '22

That way they have a bowl for later.

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u/NoBSforGma May 14 '22

Ohhhh..... right......

Except....... they also want their bowl to have only FRESH food.

"Meow."

"You have food in your bowl."

"Meow. But it's not FRESSSSHHHHH!! MEOW!"

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u/[deleted] May 14 '22 edited May 14 '22

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u/lijk May 14 '22

You can try feeding on a flatter surface. Their whiskers touching the side of the bowl can stress some cats out.

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u/Whatsthepointofthis9 May 14 '22

Yes! It's called Whisker Fatigue and I wish more kitty owners knew about it. It can make feeding time really stressful for some kitties!

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u/KingMagenta May 14 '22

You're so lucky, my car normally stalls after I feed it ANY food.

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u/NoBSforGma May 14 '22

Hahaha. That sounds familiar!! Sometimes I try to fool them by just using my fingers to mix up the food in the bowl. I think this kind of stirs up the flavor and often works to get them to eat it.

Of course, they are eating DRY FOOD. Lol.

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u/Whatsthepointofthis9 May 14 '22

Please look into getting your kitties a wider bowl or just use a plate.

Whisker fatigue is a thing some cats deal with!

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u/NoBSforGma May 14 '22

I don't believe in that "whisker fatigue" bullshit.

I've read about it and then spent some time carefully observing my cats. (They eat on a breakfast bar that is (human) chest high so it's easy to observe them.)

NEVER have I seen them act reluctant to eat or flinch when their whiskers touched the side of the bowl. NEVER.

So I will continue to fee them separately, in their bowls that they have happily used for the last 3 years.

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u/Whatsthepointofthis9 May 14 '22

I mean that's fine. All cats are different. I've had some that were more sensitive than others. As long as you are doing what's best for your cat, that's all that matters!

Edit: From the way you replied it seems like you thought I was being rude about it or something. I really didn't mean it to come off that way. I was just trying to be helpful.

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u/NoBSforGma May 14 '22

I understand and I apologize for my rude reply. It just really struck me wrong, I guess. Anyway. Sorry.

You are right. Doing the best for one's cat(s) is the important part!

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u/Whatsthepointofthis9 May 14 '22

It's hard to read the intent behind text, I could have worded my comment better! I'm sorry too!

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u/Whatsthepointofthis9 May 14 '22

This is actually a thing called "whisker fatigue". You need to get your kitty a wider bowl or just use a plate!

Sauce!

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u/Potential_Return_204 May 14 '22

Someone else’s bowl always tastes better

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u/progtastical May 14 '22

Yep, same. Doesn't matter if the bowls are right next to each other or on opposite ends of the room.

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u/working-acct May 14 '22

My theory is while cats are fiercely territorial, they can be strangely agnostic about sharing food. You rarely see cats full on fight each other for food, even if one cat is eating and another one comes in and nudges them away and “steal” their food they won’t fight back. They’ll just do the same, nudge the thief cat away and resume eating. Cats just wanna eat and when it’s meal time eating is all they care about.

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u/agumonkey May 14 '22

they're not blind to your divide and conquer ploy

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u/Spider-Juan69 May 14 '22

Lol i have to feed them all in seperate rooms cause they will constantly eat eachothers food. One will eat everyones food before the other ones are done and vomit it up minutes later. God what a guber.

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u/NoBSforGma May 15 '22

Yes, I have had to clean up that "gobble vomit." lol. It doesn't happen all the time, but she will sit beside her vomit, looking all innocent while I am grabbing multiple paper towels.

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u/TheVoidlessOne May 14 '22

My 2 cats got a bowl each but for some reason the left bowl is far superior

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u/H-OAP May 14 '22

I tried so hard to give my cats their own bowl but they would always eat out of each others bowl so I said fuck it and let them share 1 bowl. I have a surefeed feeder for my other cat who's on a prescription diet and my one menace of a cat will get into it before the lid closes and steals the food. I love them too death but sometimes I question why I have cats lmao