Chris tells us: "My cat cries for wet food at 6am and 6pm every day, and won’t stop until she's fed, even though she has a full dish of DRY food always available. Is this just life as a pet owner or can we get our cat to change her ways? Sleep is precious at the moment with our baby son just a year old - is there anything we can do? Don’t know if you can help or whether we all need to fit in with our cat’s schedule!"
Oh dear, Chris, that IS a problem, isn't it. Truth? Your cat seems to have you VERY well-trained, indeed! (Don't be blue - you're not alone.)
Here are some possible causes for your cat's food-begging and vocalisation: under-stimulation (your new baby = less attention for your cat); social conflict (summer is looming, so there are cats all over the place fighting/mating/running up lots of pheromone smells which are disturbing your cat); attention seeking (she demands, you do!); learned behaviour (food served on-call = I'm a good kittykat!).
So what to do? Well, mostly you need to try to eliminate the fact that her food arrives as a result of her behaviour. Here are some ideas:
And there are more ideas than this, we're pretty sure, but start with this and see how it goes. What fun!
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