Fuckin' cats, Donny.
September 22, 2009 3:51 PM Subscribe
Question about the feeding of two cats on different diets.
posted by backseatpilot to pets & animals (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We adopted two cats last week, Doppler (6 months) and Maxwell (about a year). The rescue told us to keep Doppler on kitten food until he's a year old, so we've been putting out a bowl of kitten and a bowl of adult cat food. Problem is, Maxwell really loves the kitten food and has been muscling Doppler out of the way to get at it first.
We feed them twice a day, and the bowls do not get devoured entirely at once - there's often a little bit of each food left when I get home from work. I've tried feeding Max first with the adult food, but he won't touch it until the kitten food is presented. Trying to sequester Doppler and the kitten food behind a closed door has been hit-and-miss, since Max gets underfoot and won't leave me alone until the kitten food is on the ground. When they both get put down at the same time, both cats will eat some of each food.
So, two part question. First, is it bad for the older cat to be eating kitten food or for the kitten to be eating adult food? Second, how can I prevent them from eating each other's food with a minimum of fuss?