Ok if cats "share" bowls?
Topic: Ok if cats "share" bowls?
September 20, 2019 / By Chrystal Question:
I have 2 food bowls and 2 water bowls for my 2 cats. At first i tried to get each to eat from only one set, and they were ok with me doing that, like i just set them in front of the "correct" set, if I saw them at the others'. But i have noticed that both of them go to either bowl. So how can I know if one is maybe "hogging" all the food and the other is really hungry??? is there a way to change that? or is it fine?
Best Answers: Ok if cats "share" bowls?
Avis | 7 days ago
It is better for each cat to have their own food dishes. I had the same problem with my two, until I fed them in separate areas, so I know exactly how much each cat is getting.
I feed one in the bathroom and the other in the hallway outside the bathroom.They have one large water bowl which I change a couple of times a day with fresh bottled water.
So the only way to know which cat is the "piggie" and the other one getting less food is to feed them individually.
I feed moist food only, and they both finish their entire portion. Since I work at home I can feed them several times a day with smaller portions, which cats often prefer, but most folks can't do this.
So I suggest you separate them and anything that is not eaten within 15 minutes, take up, store the left over food and warm the leftovers, dividing it between the two cats again with their next meal. They soon will actually finish their food in that time frame.
Also, a cat that "hogs" the food dish can be intimidating to a more timid/slower eater, so he/she will not get their full portion of food and lose weight.
Hope this helps,
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Originally Answered: Are there special food bowls/plates for persian cats?
Just use small flat plates or saucers or very shallow bowls. I found some shallow metal cat bowls at Target that work quite well for both my smushy-faced Exotic Shorthair and my Persian. You can see the bowls in this video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMYq3jHr108 I picked up a few more of them just a month or so ago so they probably still sell them.
My two eat out of the same 3# gravity feeder and the same waterer. They share just fine and there are no issues. Just make sure you change their water regularly. They do not like to drink stale water (that they often drop food in and get litter in) and it isn't good for them anyway. A good amount of moisture is important in a cat's diet. Mine each get about 1/2 - 1 ounce of canned Wellness, Merrick, Nature's Variety, or Innova every 2 or 3 days.
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Don't worry about it. I have had 15-20 cats eating from 1 food bowl and 1 water bowl. (10 pound food and 5 gallon water) The cats will eat what they need and if they aren't getting enough they will let you know.
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you should not need to leave out two water bowls and two food dishes! Are you feeding dry? wet? both? just fill one dish of water & one dish of food- make sure that there is always double amounts of course- cats eat very MIN at one time- they munch all day and night- wouldnt worry so much! I have 4 cats- I leave one large dish of dry food- self feed themselves as well as water.
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Originally Answered: Your not spouse to have goldfish in bowls? How come everyone has them in bowls? In the movies there in bowls?
Goldfish in a bowl. The bane of a sensible fishkeeper's life!
No they're not supposed to be in a bowl. The fact they are portrayed as so stems from how they were kept when they were first bred as ornamental fish...in 1100AD in China. You can forgive people from that long ago not to know about water chemistry and filtration, hell they didn't have electricity! BUT now, through EXTENSIVE research over the last 40 years we SHOULD NOT be keeping fish in bowls, not none of 'em, because we now know how water chemistry works in a fish tank, when you've got a messy animal pooping in water, the water goes poisonous. A filter that's been properly matured solves this problem, albeit with regular partial water changes.
The bottom line is that keep fish in captivity is an entirely unnatural thing and more like a chemistry experiment to get it right!
Keeping a Goldfish in a bowl basically slowly suffocates it with ammonia. They won't live very long, and considering they SHOULD get very large (at least 6" for a fancy, at least 10" for a common/comet) and live over 10-15 years, it's not exactly fair!
Fish are actually very complex animals, they should be considered exotic pets, not beginner pets nor are they ideal for children unless they are being cared for by a sensible adult!