Cats often hide signs of illness or stress, so one of the best ways to notice if your cat is out of sorts is if they alter their feeding habits.
If they are eating less, they could be experiencing a loss of appetite because they are unwell. Or, sudden changes in how they eat, such as eating their food all at once, could indicate that they are under pressure to finish their food before another animal eats it.
The introduction of a new cat to the family could upset the balance. If you have more than one cat, it’s best to place their food bowls in different locations around the house, so that each cat can eat in peace. A feeder that prevents cats from stealing food, such as the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder Connect, is a great way to ensure that each of your cats only has access to their food. Many cats like to graze feed, so a food bowl that gives them exclusive access can help them to follow this natural feeding pattern.
The Microchip Pet Feeder Connect also makes monitoring your cat’s feeding habits really easy, as it connects to the Sure Petcare app via a Hub and records how often your cat eats from the bowl and how much they eat at each visit. This information is stored in the app in a graph so that you can view your pet’s feeding behaviour and notice any changes in their feeding patterns.
Obesity is a big problem amongst cats, so the Microchip Pet Feeder Connect makes weighing your cat’s food portion easy by using integrated scales and LEDs that guide you to the correct portion weight. You set the portion weight yourself within the app. If you are unsure of how much you should be feeding your cat, check the food packaging for guidance or speak to a vet for more accurate advice. The feeder also records when a cat last ate, to prevent overfeeding.
If you notice changes in your cat’s feeding habits, it’s best to take your cat to the vet for a check-up. You can show the data in the Sure Petcare app to your vet so that they can see how your cat’s feeding patterns may have changed, as this may help them to get to the root of the problem faster.