Saturday, August 20, 2011

Max on... The Food Experiment


Bunny and I are reporting in... The Great Food Experiment started at the condo today...

When I surveyed all of you about whether you get a meal at a time or food down all the time, the majority said food down all the time. Well..... HH has decided to try the experiment of putting down a full dish and seeing if the boys will pace themselves.

She's not doing this blindly though. First, she weighed each of the boys, then she measured out the food. Then.... here's the exciting part.... she put it down. The boys looked at the bowl, back at HH and then at each other in confusion... They hadn't seen a full bowl of food since living here. It was as if they weren't sure whether the food was for them.

Finally, they decided to dig in. HH held her breath, but they did stop eating when they seemed to get full. Each returned to the dish to see if they were right that there was food leftover, but they walked away without eating the rest.

Paws are crossed that the boys will pace themselves, so they won't have to show so much attention to their food. We'll see how the experiment goes... and of course I'll report back to you.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

Yours in crunchies! (hee, hee)


21 comments:

Simba said...

For all your sake, we hope this works. Simba used to be able to have food down all the time, but Audrey eats too much that way. We would like it if it was possible to change her over.

Marg said...

Some of the ones here, that would work for them, but the others would scarf it down and then throw it all up from eating too fast. But all the cats here are feral and some of them have been very hungry at one time. I will be interested if that experiment works.

Brian said...

That would be great if that trend continues! Happy weekend everyone!

Minnie and Mack said...

we will also be interested to see how it turns out. How long is the test?

My kitties get fed 2x a day, about 1/2 cup in one bowl per feeding. It is usually empty by the next feeding. Brodie is skinny and hyper, Osiris is mellow and a lot heavier!

Drools and licks,
Minnie and Mack

FURKIDSMOM said...

We hope the experiment works. We've always had food down all the times (including our woofies) and we pace ourselves.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Mariodacat said...

I hope it works for you. M fed all of her other kitties with food available constantly, and they all paced themselves, with no one getting fat. he he - then along came me - Mario. The vet suggested M stop letting me free range because I'm about a pound over weight now at least. Now my food gets measured daily and doled out throughout the day. I do hope the free feeding works for you cuz M says it's so much eacher.

Angel and Kirby said...

Our vet wants us to switch from food all the time to a scheduled meal time. He thinks we gain weight by having it available all day. But Mom only puts a third of a cup in each bowl and then we snack all day.

SAS....Sammy, Andy and Shelly said...

Sammy goes into a panic if there isn't food in his dish ALL the time......even if he doesn't want to eat, there has to be food in the dish ALL the time!!!!!!!! He may be a bit on the chubby side, but at least he's not in a panic most of the day because of an empty dish!!!!

We love y'all so very much!!!!!!!!

Maddy and Owen said...

Wow! Food down all the time would be amazing-but I don't think we could pace ourselves...we would probably eat till we hurt our tummies :(
Wags,
Maddy and Owen

oliverandruby said...

For the record - Rose and I are quite happy with food down all the time as we pace ourselves. It's just Oliver who likes to eat for the sake of it! Ruby x

CaroScat said...

Very interesting experiment! Will be interesting to see what happens over a few days. Austin, is such a small eater and fussy, always has been, that we have found to have food down all the time is the only way. He picks at it throughout the day. He seems fine with that.

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Sometimes we do vomit from eating too fast but then we eat some more and seem to do okay. Only I have ever gained weight--Gemini is a skinny little thing and Ichiro is a growing boy!

Oskar said...

I hope this works, it's just so much easier my mom person thinks.

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Sparkle said...

My human could totally leave food around if it were just me, but the other two cats are pigs and would scarf it all down - and ask for more! So they get their food strictly rationed, while I get fed several (like 10) times a day, 'cause I just nibble a little bit at a time.

BeadedTail said...

We hope this works for you! We have food in our bowls all the time. Daddy fills our bowl up at night but we never eat it all. Hopefully the boys will be able to pace themselves too.

Purrs,
Angel and Isabella

PeeS: We do sometimes eat more than usual when we get a new kind of food but once we realize it'll be around for awhile we go back to grazing.

Madi and Mom said...

MOL Boys evidently you need an older and wiser Ladycat to come down to show you just how it is done.
Hugs Madi

Repositório said...

Have a nice Sunday!!!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Me be waitin' for da results!

The Chair Speaks said...

We'll be looking forward to the results too! :)

Ingrid King said...

I'd encourage you to not leave food out all the time. Free choice feeding is the leading cause of obesity in cats, and we know that obesity leads to any number of degenerative diseases in cats and in humans.

Meal feeding is much healthier, and it's not that hard to get cats used to it (sorry kitties, don't hate me!). Whatever doesn't get eaten within about half an hour gets tossed or put away until the next meal. Cats will earn quickly to eat until they're full at each meal feeding.

Cat Chat With Caren And Cody said...

to confuse the issue even worse (I wasn't around yesterday to see this)...Bobo had food down all of the time because he knew when to STOP...

Cody on the other hand is not permitted to have food down all of the time. He would eat every morsel until it was gone. He doesn't know how to stop! lol. He gets breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, sometimes another snack, dinner and then a late night snack.