We have a small young dog that we try to keep on a controlled diet, and three older cats who have been used to having a bowl of dry food at all times on the floor.
The dog, of course, wants to scarf up all the cat food.
We cannot move the food to an elevated spot because one of the cats is too old to jump to it.
I think the cats would suffer a lot of anxiety were we to feed them only once or twice a day and take the food away at other times.
What is the best approach here? Go to twice-daily feedings of the cats with the dog restrained to a different room and suffer though the cat-whining while they get used to it? Or is there some other way I have not thought of?
that goes up to the counter. It's narrow enough that the dog can't really get her balance on it, though she has tried. The cats just walk up it. It's an old one that my folks had from the time I was a kid--kind of looks like a high chair, but with these steps that fold out from underneath. It works just great!!
I wish they'd make a dog food that tastes as good to dogs as cat food does! That might solve it!!
3. If you don't mind playing cat butler until your dog gets bigger....
If your dog is small enough to fit through a kitty door, and small enough to squeeze under a baby gate that the cats could scoot under, and the cats can't leap or climb to a location that the puppy can't get to -- then...
Welcome to your new job -- Kitty Butler!
You could put the cat food in a room the door of which you can keep closed. Then when the cats want to eat they will meow and you can open the door to let them in. When the cats are done and want out they will meow and you can open the door and let them out. (Repeat many times per day). The cats will enjoy this new way of interacting with you. :-)
If you can put the cat food in a room they like to hang out in anyway - bedroom? - then you might not have to open & shut the door quite as often.
4. THe cat food is really bad for the pup. Too much protein, so it is very
Edited on Tue Jan-10-06 07:24 PM by BrklynLiberal
important to stop this bad habit.
The cat food must be put someplace that the pup cannot access it. If height is not a possibility, perhaps a smaller opening into a room he cannot get into would be a possibility. I have a gate to my "cats" room that I have raised a little off the floor. I affixed it to the door sides with pressure, but not at the floor level. The cats can crawl under it, but the dog cannot get past it. Is this a possibility?
Here. I just took a pic of the entrance I am describing. Hope this helps. You could adjust the height to whatever is best for your cats.
6. We have the same problem and I'm playing Kittybutler
I don't know of any other way, but to put the food down when the cat asks for it and promptly put it up when he is done eating. Sometimes we aren't quick enough and the pup inhales the cat food in seconds. It's frustrating. My pup even inhaled the kibble we were feeding my parents' dog while we were doggy-sitting him at our house. We had to make an emergency trip to the vet and have x-rays of his stomach taken. $94 later, his stomach was stretched to the max, but fine. We have a pig for a pup!
Because cat food can be really bad for dogs, we keep the cat food on the counter. I understand that you have a cat who can't jump that high. Could you put the cat food in a room with a baby gate in the doorway? If your dog is small, you might be able to get away with a pretty low barrier that would keep the dog out but would be easy for the cats to clear.
23. I would go with the idea of the baby gate and also
I find most dogs can't figure out how to get past any barrier that is put in the way such as a box, a small table, etc. I keep my dog away from the cat food by arranging chairs, stools and other things near their food bowls. She is a big dog but it still might be worth a try with yours. Even though my dog could get through she gets all confused by the objects in the way. Give it a try.
who doesn't jump real well going up so we make it really simple...we pick her up and put her with the food. When she's done she can manage to jump to the back of the easy chair and get down from there. Sometimes we just have to take a little extra time to make the accomodation for an old, ill animal.
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