If your cat inhales his food, he may be setting himself up for a multitude of health problems. Vomiting, nausea, stomach distention and weight gain are all side effects of rapid eating. Slowing down a speedy eater is a trial-and-error process, but is necessary for his health.
Feed your cat a number of small meals throughout the day. Cats often gobble their food because they are truly hungry, and feeding the cat more often lessens the urge to gulp down his food.
Pour your cat’s food in a large, shallow plastic dish. Spread the food around the bottom of the pan and give it to the cat. Spreading the food around makes the cat move around as he eats, meaning he eats the same amount of food at a much slower pace.
Add a few large, clean rocks to the bottom of the feeding bowl and pour the cat’s ration over the rocks. The cat has to eat around the rocks, slowing him down and preventing him from pigging out.
Fill a puzzle cat toy with the cat’s food and allow him to play with it. Puzzle toys are covered with small openings, and the food falls out as the cat plays with the toy. Not only do puzzle toys slow down your cat’s eating, they also stimulate the cat’s mind and make him earn his meals.
- Check with your veterinarian to see if there’s a medical reason for your cat’s speedy eating behavior.
Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.