Most cats, if you free feed them, nibble several times a day, with maybe two larger meals, know what I mean?
Well my (8 months old,single,indoors only)cat wont touch his (premium brand)dry food ALL day and most of the night, then all of a sudden he will pig out and eat ALL of it. The whole bowl, and he eats it very fast too! He does the same thing with water, but not at the same time that he eats (toilet seats down at all times)
Then, he throws it ALL up very soon after eating, so that it is hardly digested, still has its shape and color. Once, he even threw up IN the bowl!Since he started doing this he is pooping hardly any, that is how much he is throwing up.
So I stopped free feeding him and put only a little in the bowl at a time. First, he bitched and moaned - you know how cats hate when they can see the bottom of their bowl, they want it to always be full Emotion: smile) but he still did the same thing, wouldnt touch it, then would wolf it all down then throw it all up!
Went to the vet, checked out fine, guilted me into buying a four pound bag of prescription diet for 18 bucks, blood suckers! He's not been throwing up or bingeing, but I know its only because he hates the food and is now hardly eating at all.
Anyone elses cat do this, or have any ideas why he does this? It seems to be behavioral, right? I mean he checked out perfectly fine! Any replies are appreciated, Thanks.
Oh and if anyone cares he is fed Pro-Plan Kitten Chicken & Rice
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Most cats, if you free feed them, nibble several times a day, with maybe two larger meals, know what

Yoda used to do that, years and years ago. I switched him to strictly canned food, and he never throws up anymore. Unless he gets into Bootsie's food, who eats Proplan Salmon & Rice in addition to canned. He throws it up every time. It always comes back up as undigested kibble. I don't think wolfing it down, or the amount he consumes, has anything to do with it. I think, for some reason, dry food just doesn't agree with him.
Sherry
Most cats, if you free feed them, nibble several times a day, with maybe two larger meals, know what

Yoda used to do that, years and years ago. I switched him to strictly canned food, and he never throws ... consumes, has anything to do with it. I think, for some reason, dry food just doesn't agree with him. Sherry

I think that is not unusual. I agree. I would try switching to canned food twice a day and see if it solves the problem.
Karen
Most cats, if you free feed them, nibble several times a day, with maybe two larger meals, know what I ... day and most of the night, then all of a sudden he will pig out and eat ALL of it.

I'm left with the impression that the food he is being fed doesn't agree with him, so he is avoiding it until he is starving.

Have you thought about adjusting his diet? Perhaps introduce him to tinned food?
Perhaps leave some amount of kibble out for inbetween meal snacks, but feed tinned the majority of the time?
This is how I feed and over the 3 years my cat has been with me, she has only barfed twice - nothing to do with the food.
I would put the cat on a canned diet, preferably a high quality food like Wellness or Felidae. Dry food really isn't appropriate for a carnivore anyway. It's actually healthier for your cat to be fed a mostly wet food diet.

HTH,
Lauren

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Thanks for your replies !
I'm left with the impression that the food he is being fed doesn't agree with him, so he is avoiding it until he is starving. Have you thought about adjusting his diet? Perhaps introduce him to tinned food?

He's had canned, when he was brought home a malnourished stray, and once in a while for a treat...but I would much rather he stayed on dry food.
Perhaps leave some amount of kibble out for inbetween meal snacks, but feed tinned the majority of the time?

If I did that he would ignore the kibble altogether LOL.

He really LOVES the canned but it doesnt agree with him, in a different way than the dry doesnt agree sigh* He doesnt get diarrhea, but he does have a soft stool that I assume he cant hold in too well because *this is gross* every time he eats canned I find a little bit of poop near the litterbox as if he just couldnt hold all of it in in time to get to the litterbox *sorry for the grossness Also the canned makes him fart alot and his stomach makes really loud noises.
This is how I feed and over the 3 years my cat has been with me, she has only barfed twice - nothing to do with the food.

Does your cat go outside? I'm thinking of growing him some cat grass see if that does any good. I have had cats before (when I was a kid) and they hardly barfed, some of them never did. And back then, We didnt know about premium so they were fed the cheap junk!

Well anyway its clear that Pro Plan isnt going to cut it anymore, too bad I have like twenty pounds worth of it oh well Ill give that to a shelter or something. I just have to decide which brand I'm going to try next, Im thinking about Nutro
Any more suggestions advice, whatever, is welcomed thanks and have a great day Emotion: smile
Thanks for your replies ![/nq]Just curious; what canned food did you give him that caused this? This just very much sounds like food allergies to me. I know that the 18 bucks a bag stuff is high priced, but you just put him on it for 8 or so weeks and see if the condition clears up (I'm assuming this must be z/d Hills food). Then you begin giving him back chicken or beef etc until you find out what sets him off. It's not like you have to feed him z/d the rest of his life.

It might also be that a change of brands alone will help him out. But why don't you just go for the z/d and see if it helps. It's pretty obvious that this cat has an allergy to something in his food. He is going to get very ill at the rate he is going right now. You don't want him developing IBD!! Poor guy. I'm sure it isn't very fun to be afraid to eat because you know it is going to make you throw up. Please let us know how things go.

Karen
Went to the vet, checked out fine, guilted me into buying a four pound bag of prescription diet for 18 ... up or bingeing, but I know its only because he hates the food and is now hardly eating at all.

When I have problems with cats, I try to view it as what I would do if I had a little human.
With humans and food allergies, you limit the food to something fresh. For example, only rice and lamb and then add 1 food per day.

With a cat, I often might make some fresh chicken, chicken that is antibiotic free and free-ranged chicken, old-fashion chicken, unlike that horrible penned up chickens. At least these chickens had a chance to stretch before slaughter.
Now fresh chicken is not sufficient. So be careful, don't do this as a long range thing unless you can supplement with vitamins and the right minerals. But for a few days, you can see if pure, cooked chicken is good. I just put it in a microwave with some water, so the chicken becomes cooked and a wee bit stewed. Takes only a few minutes, and it's quite tasty actually. I tend to steal it back from the cat so I have to control myself.
I cook the chicken to make sure it's germ free. I know the cats can eat germs but who knows after being indoors mostly. I use only meat part, no bones. Not cooked bones ever, dangerous since they splinter unlike raw bones probably.
It's also possible that your cat might have a tummy problem. Don't know. A large number of humans, for example, have H. pylori which mimics ulcers and can cause ulcers and cancer, but never get it diagnosed or treated, except using stomach antiacids which just masks the problem.
You might have to review this with your vet.
When I took care of a sick cat, I made for her some chicken livers for high energy food that she loved. For short time, it's fine. Certainly safer than cow livers which you find in most tinned foods. I figure chicken livers are smaller so less polluted, but who knows.

I am not familiar with the hypoallergenic food you mentioned but hopefully it is truly hypoallergenic. If not, you can try my method. The only drawback is that it is labor intensive and probably far more expensive.
Why? If I can't buy good quality chicken cheap enough to compete with the tinned food, makes you wonder what crap they put in the best of tinned or canned food?
He's had canned, when he was brought home a malnourished stray, and once in a while for a treat...but I would much rather he stayed on dry food.

Why would you rather he stay on dry food? Clearly the diet he is on is not agreeing with him. Just like humans, his body is going to start stuffering from repeated vomiting.
Perhaps leave some amount of kibble out for inbetween meal snacks, but feed tinned the majority of the time?

If I did that he would ignore the kibble altogether LOL.

There's nothing wrong with a 100% canned diet. And you might be surprised, mine still nibble on the dry, but their diet is mostly canned.
He really LOVES the canned but it doesnt agree with him, in a different way than the dry doesnt agree ... the litterbox sorry for the grossness Also the canned makes him fart alot and his stomach makes really loud noises.

What kind of canned food were you feeding? You could try a good quality premium canned, and give him some time for his body to adjust. It could have been the kind of food you were feeding him. Soft stools isn't nearly as hard on him as repeated vomiting.
This is how I feed and over the 3 years ... only barfed twice - nothing to do with the food.

Does your cat go outside? I'm thinking of growing him some cat grass see if that does any good. I ... some of them never did. And back then, We didnt know about premium so they were fed the cheap junk!

I don't think eating grass is going to help any at all. In fact, it could very well make it worse. You need to switch foods, and concentrate on finding a food that he can tolerate.
Sherry
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