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Pet Peeves: C'mere, Kitty!

Pet Peeves: C'mere, Kitty!

Q: My cat won't come to dinner! When it's time to feed her, she pays no attention – I know sometimes cats eat throughout the day but I swear when I get home, the same amount is still in the bowl. I've even tried different foods and meal times. The weird part is, when I bring it to her, she'll eat most of it right front of me. I know this is a bad habit, but I can't think of what else to do? Help!

A: Try teaching this one at mealtime, or anytime you want your cat to come. If she's especially attentive when you return home, start by saying your cat's name followed by the command "come" even if she is already on her way over to you. Pet her, then take a couple steps back and repeat, giving her a few pieces of her food as you do this. Continue moving until you get near the bowl. When she gets to the bowl, praise her lavishly and fill it up. Repeat this each day. Eventually, your cat should associate the food and praise with the command and then you will be on your way to owning a trained cat.

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HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 9 years
Are you sure your cat isn't eating when you don't "bring it" the food. I would suggest leaving the food out 24/7. Your cat will figure out 1) where the food is and 2) when it wants to eat.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
As soon as I go into the kitchen, my cat will come running. She tries to eat everything I eat, and constantly begs for my meal. A cat that steals jalapeno chips from you! (not that I let her do this) Luckily she's not fat because once a day she goes nuts and runs up and down the stairs a million times.
horcruxes horcruxes 9 years
as soon as my cat hears me shake the food container. he freaks out like he hasn't been fed in days! even though he was only fed 12 hrs before. i love it. my fatty cat. but he isn't as fat as the cat in that picture!!!
andiself andiself 9 years
I wish my cats wouldnt run to the kitchen every time they hear rustling. I have to lock up the garbage so they dont dig in it for old cat food cans. They beg for food constantly. My cats are rescues and overweight and on diets and they constantly cry for food. That cat who won't come to the food eventually will come when it's hungry enough.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Hahaha I leave the dry food out in a full bowl 24/7, she can eat that when she wants. Then morning, she gets wet food, and also at dinenrtime. And she lets me know when that time has come!!!
chancleta chancleta 9 years
My-Opinion My-Opinion 9 years
:rotfl: that's a huge cat!! Unless it's hair has been blown dry like that. Cute.
aembry396 aembry396 9 years
My dog did the same thing when we first got her...and it turned out it was the food...and we now put hot water on her food and let it soak is more "aromatic" and soft...worked for us. But I agree with PS about how to train your cat
JessNess JessNess 9 years
Hun you have spoiled your cat. That is a horrible habit to teach your cat or any animal- just stay where you are and Ill bring the food to you. I know animals are part of the family but they should not rule the house. You will never fix this problem unless you stop bringing the food directly to your cat. The cat is not going to starve itself just so you can bring its food to it. Leave the food in its normal spot and the cat will eventually figure out that you are not going to play its game anymore and/or do what PetSugar says But overall my advice is don't play this game with your pets.
Jennifer_2sugar Jennifer_2sugar 9 years
HA! that cat is hysterical :meow:
Leopardcc Leopardcc 9 years
I'd say the cat in the picture has no problem at mealtime, unless it just can't get to the bowl! :rotfl: that is a big :meow:
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