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Our kitty is a rescue. We were told she might be 1 1/2 yrs

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Our kitty is a rescue. We were told she might be 1 1/2 yrs old. She wants to eat every 3 hrs. Her behavior is more like a few wk old. She doesn't seem to be putting on any extra weight. (5 lbs). Is this unusual? We've had other cats but never had them constantly begging to eat. Can you shed any light on this behavior?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

Hello, My name is Terri.
It is my pleasure to assist you today!
I am reviewing your question right now and will reply in a few minutes.

Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

Hi Charel,

How long do you have her?

where was she living before you got her?

Was she a stray?

Expert:  Terri replied 9 months ago.

Dear Charel,

Bless you for rescuing!

If your cat has known hunger due to her previous living conditions she will stuff herself like there is no tomorrow.

That is because a cat that has had to go without food is terrified she will again be in that position. Hence,she wants to eat continuously until she believes food will always be available.

To break her of this annoying habit don't feed her in shifts because that way she doe not know when (if ever) she will see food again.

Instead, put her on a free feed schedule. Keep her dry food in a auto feeder so she gets used to it always being there.

Put out a can of cat food in the morning and evening, no tbls and another in the evening. Leave them there till she finishes.

Inbetween she eats her dry food. Just ignore any begging pleas.

Please let me know how she is doing. Just reply here or if you prefer, we can speak on the phone.

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Kind regards,