How to Get a Cat to Stop Eating So Fast: 9 Steps

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How to Get a Cat to Stop Eating So Fast: 9 Steps
How to Get a Cat to Stop Eating So Fast: 9 Steps

Many cats are extremely excited when it comes to feeding, which often causes them to end up eating more than necessary or very quickly. Therefore, they may vomit, suffer from digestive problems or be overweight due to greed and gluttony. Cat owners have some techniques to adopt so that they eat more slowly and properly, such as using special bowls and different feeding methods.


Method 1 of 2: Using special feed bowls

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Step 1. Spread the feed on a small plate or baking sheet

This way, the cat will feed more slowly, with only a few pieces of food at a time, trying to swallow less of them with each bite.

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Step 2. Buy (or make) a special bowl

It is possible to buy this type of dish, which looks like a puzzle, so that the animal feeds more slowly, besides stimulating it mentally. The cat will not be able to eat very voraciously, as there will be little in each compartment. Get them at pet stores or create a homemade feeder, gluing grid-shaped cardboard tubes and putting a little feed in each one.

One of the best-known pans of this type is a small plastic ball with holes in it. You can put dry food inside it, making the cat play and try to catch the small pieces that fall through the holes. He will not be able to eat quickly and will be encouraged to use his “hunting skills” to quench his hunger

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Step 3. Crush moistened kibble into the bottom of the cat's bowl

The pet will feed more slowly, as it won't be able to swallow it quickly; instead, he should calmly chew it and swallow it before he can collect more feed.

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Step 4. Place a tennis ball or ping pong ball in the middle of the cat's bowl

Any kind of obstruction, such as these balls, can force the animal to slow down as it will have to stop to move the object out of the way, or else go around and collect the feed on the other side of the ball.

Always use an object the cat cannot swallow, such as a golf ball or ping pong

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Step 5. There are feeders that have obstructions on their surface

Look in pet shops for bowls with an obstruction (or several) at the bottom; they disrupt the cat's feeding speed, causing it to feed more slowly and collect less feed.

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Step 6. Buy an automatic feeder

This device is set up so that the owner has control over the amount of feed the cat gets at the touch of a button. Several of them can also be configured to deposit food from time to time, letting you know how much food the cat is consuming. Another feature of these feeders is the ability to measure the exact amount of feed that will be provided to the pet, preventing it from eating too much (or too little).

Adjust the device so the cat gets smaller portions of food throughout the day, causing it to eat it slowly rather than devouring it

Method 2 of 2: Using Alternative Techniques to Feed It

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Step 1. Feed more often, but in smaller portions

When cats eat very quickly and vomit (or begin to show signs of digestive problems such as bloating), it may be best to adjust their feeding schedule. Instead of three large meals a day, give reduced portions five to six times a day for a week or two.

  • After that period, see if this new schedule forced you to eat more calmly. Smaller portions also have another benefit: digestion will be better, keeping your appetite for your next meal.
  • Another option is to place the food in smaller bowls around the house so that the cat has to move around to eat more. This will make the moment more like a "hunt", in which the feline is mentally and physically stimulated, controlling itself when eating.
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Step 2. Set up more than one “corner” for feeding if several cats live in the house

Many pet owners have faced this problem, where one cat bothers the other and steals the feed, or when one of them monopolizes all the food. To escape these problems, set up several places for the pets to eat, in different rooms or areas of the house. They will be forced to spread out around the place at mealtime, leaving room for everyone to be adequately satisfied.

The technique of having multiple places for them to feed, along with smaller portions of food per day for all the cats, will decrease their voracity

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Step 3. If the pet continues to eat as if it were the last meal of its life (and appears to be malnourished), take it to the vet

There may be an underlying problem that needs to be addressed when you notice that the cat is still voracious and thin; the veterinarian is the only professional who will be able to carry out the proper diagnosis, confirming that there is no health problem that is causing this vamp to eat.

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