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Prior to Mimsy's arrival in our home, we purchased several food and water dishes that would be his very own; they were strategically placed in the kitchen which is several rooms away from where we feed our furry cats. We assumed that this was the best approach and would lessen the likelihood of upsetting our normally uneventful mealtime.

Everyone seemed to catch on quickly, and Mimsy would run to the kitchen to eat his food; he's given a dish of both soft and dry. However, lately, he has been going into the back room to eat the dry food out of the other cat's dishes. Despite picking him up and putting him back in the kitchen, he suddenly has an aversion for the wet food.

Should I ignore this behavior and hope that the phase passes, or should I remove the other cat's food in an attempt to force him to eat from his own dish? I really do not want all of the cats dining together because I do not give my other cats wet food, and if I move all of their dishes together, they will certainly start eating Mimsy's food.
 

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Hmmm, that is interesting. Usually cats like the strong smell the wet food tends to have. Is the dry food the other cats have a different brand? Or is it all the same? I'm trying to discern if he is going to the other dry for taste or just for more of the same food. I only have one kitty so I'm not sure but I know others will have great suggestions. Is it a possibility to close Mimsy in a room with her food during feeding time? Are the portions of wet and dry food small enough to eat in one sitting? In my experience with Sophie she doesn't eat all I portion her sometimes but will go back to it later.
 

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Trying to feed seperately is tough--they always want the other's food. Other than locking him up at meal time, I have no idea what to suggest. If they eat the same dry, you could just give him the wet in isolation and let him enjoy his kibble with his friends.
 

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Cats always seem to want what the other cat's have, lol. I gave up trying to feed Gummi seperatly, so they all share dry food, when she gets her yogurt/pumpkin I have to lock her in the bathroom with it while the others mew pitifully at the door!
 

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The problem with multiple cats is that what one eats = what they all want to eat. If you don't free-feed dry then I'd just separate them at dinnertime. But if you do leave dry down then might as well get used to them eating each others' food, cause the only thing that will stop them is locking them in the room with their food so they can't get the other kind.
 

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We have kibble out at all times for our Sphynx cats and feed wet twice a day. They do tend to eat a bit more than the normal kitties.If everyone is on the same kibble and no one has weight problems, there should be no problems with everyone sharing.
 
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In my home, there are three bowls of dry food and three dishes of fresh, bottled water available for the cats all day long. Mimsy personally has three separate dishes: one for wet food, which I feed to him twice per day, his water dish and his dry food dish. To date, he has not touched the dry food in his dish, which is exactly the same brand that I am feeding to the other cats. Maybe he thinks it tastes better in their bowl? lol.

I guess the main issue is that I wanted to make sure he was eating enough, and not just running to the back room to snack on the other cat's food. I fed him wet food both last night and this morning and I stayed with him to make sure that he ate. As long as he is getting some of the wet food down, then I don't mind if he nibbles on the other cat's dry food, it's all the same.

First I started sleeping on the couch with Mimsy, then I started buying him clothes and other accessories, and now I am spending time watching him eat. I feel like I had a baby, lol. A cat baby... Did I move to the island of Dr. Doctor Moreau? Wow, this cat so owns me...
 

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In my home, there are three bowls of dry food and three dishes of fresh, bottled water available for the cats all day long. Mimsy personally has three separate dishes: one for wet food, which I feed to him twice per day, his water dish and his dry food dish. To date, he has not touched the dry food in his dish, which is exactly the same brand that I am feeding to the other cats. Maybe he thinks it tastes better in their bowl? lol.

I guess the main issue is that I wanted to make sure he was eating enough, and not just running to the back room to snack on the other cat's food. I fed him wet food both last night and this morning and I stayed with him to make sure that he ate. As long as he is getting some of the wet food down, then I don't mind if he nibbles on the other cat's dry food, it's all the same.

First I started sleeping on the couch with Mimsy, then I started buying him clothes and other accessories, and now I am spending time watching him eat. I feel like I had a baby, lol. A cat baby... Did I move to the island of Dr. Doctor Moreau? Wow, this cat so owns me...
Another victim of Martian mind control!:Surprise:
 

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First I started sleeping on the couch with Mimsy, then I started buying him clothes and other accessories, and now I am spending time watching him eat. I feel like I had a baby, lol. A cat baby... Did I move to the island of Dr. Doctor Moreau? Wow, this cat so owns me...
Another victim of Martian mind control!:Surprise:
Resistance Is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated.
 
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