Does your cat spend its days (or even his nights) meowing to beg for food? As soon as it hears the sound of packaging opening in the kitchen, it rushes in? When you eat, does he stare at you worryingly? Look no further, its completely obsessed with food. Fortunately, there are a few tips that will help distract you!
Good to know : first of all, a visit to the veterinarian is essential to verify that your cat’s insatiable hungers not a symptom of an underlying disease (diabetes, hyperthyroidism, etc.). Note that a poor quality diet, the cause of deficiencies, can also be involved, as can stress or boredom. Indeed, the supposed obsession of your cat is in fact perhaps only a way to draw your attention to his discomfort …
1. Increase the number of meals per day
In the wild, cats spend much of their waking time hunting. In fact, they usually eat several times a day. So, if your feline only eats one or two meals a day, it’s normal for them to be afraid of running out and gobbling up their food in no time. In addition, this eating rhythm does not correspond to his true nature as a hunter.
Some cats are quite capable of regulating themselves when they have unlimited kibble and only eat when they are hungry. But this is not the case for all. Therefore, if your cat is too gluttonous to have his bowl filled all day, prefer to break its daily ration of food into 5 to 6 meals.
If you are not at home all day, consider investing in a kibble vending machine. This will allow you to program your hairball’s meal times in advance. He will then feel full throughout the day.
2. Make them a real hunter
To stick as closely as possible to your cat’s natural diet, try to recreate a hunting context during meals . To do this, nothing could be simpler: all you have to do is buy (or make) an interactive kibble dispenser, like a Pipeline , so that your feline develops its predatory instinct. The goal? Make your cat feel like a real hunter at mealtimes. In this way, not only will he take longer to eat, but it will also stimulate them mentally and physically, thus preventing them from thinking only of eating the rest of the day.
In any case, enriching your cat’s environment in order to distract him, even when you are away, is a great idea to avoid behavioural disorders linked to stress or boredom.
3. Ignore its requests
To deal with your cat’s obsession with food, a final trick is to ostensibly ignore it when it begs for a kibble or a piece of cheese. And this at any time of the day. So, whether it’s mealtime or not, wait until he stops begging before feeding him.
It may sound harsh, but it’s the only way your cat will realize that you are not its slave and that is not how he can hope to get your attention. It is actually about rewarding good behaviour without punishing bad ones.
However, if your cat is pestering you when you are in the kitchen, don’t hesitate to gently carry it to a separate room and close the door while it calms down.
Good to know : a cat obsessed with food tends to:
- Meow louder than usual, especially in the kitchen.
- To rub against the legs of its owners when they prepare the meal.
- Being overexcited at mealtimes, or even becoming aggressive.
- Jump on the table or counter in search of food.