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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 11:18 am 
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How can i stop my 5 month old from begging for food?


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 Post subject: Re: Begging
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:34 pm 
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does he eat whole portions you offer?
Does he lick and leave food?

Is there any food/meat he will gladly eat lots of (balanced or not) that you can work with?

With regular meals being offered (and going down) any feeling he has of there being a lack of food will be forgotten over time.


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 Post subject: Re: Begging
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:43 pm 
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A five-month old is a growing kitty. If you're feeding him the proper amount, then he should not be hungry. He may require more frequent (and less food) feedings. Most kitties when they are full, leave the bowl and are content to groom themselves and fall asleep! Just make sure you're giving him the proper amount of food per day -- and if he wants a little more, I'd give it to him. Just like human appetites are different, so are cat's.


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 Post subject: Re: Begging
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:45 pm 
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Terri wrote:
I too would like some advice about raw diet. The breeder i got Luca ftom (my 4 month old bengal) was being fed felix kitten sheeps heart and raw mince. He seems to like the sheeps hear but recently he has just been having felix. My vet has told me that cat food is suffucient for him along with dried cat food. His poo is sloppy and smells sooo bad. The vet has suggested mixing adult cat food to his kitten food. I am at a loss what to give him, raw or cat food. Its so confusing.


I agree with your vet that a cooked brand food (complete) is best to establish a stable forever food ...
raw and other options can be attempted anytime later on in kittys life with a healthy tum ect.

How are his poos now?


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 Post subject: Re: Begging
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:11 pm 
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Thanks for your responses. He is eating everything i put down for him. He has at least four pouches of wet food per day plus his dried food. Is this enough.

Thanks for your response bengal daddy. His poo is better now and less smelly.


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 Post subject: Re: Begging
PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 5:38 pm 
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Sherry wrote:
A five-month old is a growing kitty. If you're feeding him the proper amount, then he should not be hungry.


Being hungry and begging for food though are often unrelated things. For example yesterday I was slow-cooking some chicken out on the patio. Gaga was waiting by the screen door, full of anticipation and excitement. Every time I walked in the door she would "beg" and when I finally brought the chicken in, it was a definite battle to keep her off the chicken :lol: She had had a regular full meal, but the stimulus of the chicken was too much. The same thing happens to a lesser degree anytime I cook any sort of meat-dish in the kitchen (or eat meat for that matter).

That said though, my advice to Terri is to put things in perspective, and choose your battles wisely. This is a very classic "catty" behavior. Surely one expects this when getting a cat. If this is vitally important to you, you can clicker-train this behavior away. But having a cat who is food-motivated, social, healthy, and with a good appetite is a very good thing. You can even make use of the food-motivated nature because it makes him easier to train.

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