Scheduled, portion-controlled feeding is failing for my cats. One ravenous kitty versus one food-agnostic kitty equals lots of frustration for me. Can anyone share some tips for making this work?
) has adjusted to her new roomie pretty well. The thing is, she'd gotten used to picking at her food little by little over the course of a day, and new cat is an unstoppable eating machine that eats all the things. This is leading to new cat (Jinx) overeating until she pukes, while Hoshi gets barely a few nibbles and then find herself hungry later.
My feeding routine is this:
1/4 cup of dry food in the morning. This is Merrick Before Grain. They both take turns having little nibbles of this.
1 small can of Fancy Feast when I get home from work. They each get their own can. Jinx eats hers as fast as she can so that she can shoulder Hoshi out of the way and eat Hoshi's too. She creeps around Hoshi so much that Hoshi growls while trying to eat, and eventually gets so annoyed she leaves.
What I've tried:
1. Isolating Jinx after she finishes her portion, but Hoshi still only eats a few nibbles and then walks away. Then once Jinx is released, even if it's an hour later, she goes straight for the leftover food and eats it.
2. Feeding Hoshi on the kitchen counter while Jinx eats on the floor. It only took 2 days before she figured out where the uneaten food was.
3. Taking the food away and storing it in the fridge for a few hours (2-3) and then putting it back out once I noticed Hoshi returning to the feeding area. Jinx immediately wakes up, bolts over to the bowl and eats it.
4. Adding salmon oil to the food to make it more satiating. No effect.
5. Feeding Jinx a small portion of extra protein (cooked ground turkey) in the mornings so she wouldn't be as hungry in the evening. She would still eat everything, including Hoshi's food, then puke it back up.
6. Leaving a further 1/2 portion (so about 1/8 of a cup) of dry food out so that Hoshi would at least have something to eat when she decides she's hungry. She does eat this, but I think relying on dry food is causing her to gain weight. I've also noticed that while I'm away at work, Hoshi tries to tear into bags of treats (often successfully) so I think she must not be getting enough to eat, but she eats very little at mealtime. Ideally, I think Hoshi wants to stretch out her eating over the course of the night, while Jinx eats everything that's in front of her right away.
So, cat gurus, is there anything I've missed? I've separated them hoping Jinx would realize she's eaten enough, but this cat seems to be totally lacking the "I"m full" signal. I asked my vet about this and she said that sometimes when they don't get enough food as kittens their drive to eat becomes really strong like this.
. Hoshi is the grey one and Jinx is the black one.