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Need advice -- feeding with a timer feeder & a cat that sometimes eats too fast
I\'m going to a concert next Wednesday and wanted to try to feed Pookie using the timer feeder I have. This is the first time I\'m using it to feed him wet food (I no longer dry-feed) and I have some questions:
1. I usually warm up his canned food before I give it to him, and I\'ve read that sometimes cats can get upset tummies if the food is cold. I already tested the ice packs in the feeder by freezing 1 and refrigerating another. Both were still pretty cool by the time I got home. If I only fill the pack half-way and refrigerate it, do you think it\'ll warm up enough that the food won\'t be chilly when he eats it? Do I even need to use the packs?
2. Last night I got home late so he was fed maybe 1 - 1.5 hours later than usual. He ate half his food and snarfed it back up so I had to feed him the rest in small portions spaced apart. Is there anything I can do to slow him down so he doesn\'t eat the food in the feeder too fast? If I put a small portion in 3 sections and time the feeder for 30 minutes apart, do you think that would work? I don\'t want to come home to a kitty with an upset tummy and a mess. I don\'t know if he gets worked up, excited, nervous or upset and that\'s why he eats like that, but he seems to do it when I get home a little late. Should I try using the Feliway diffuser to calm him down? Would that help?
Any tips, ideas or suggestions you cats might have would be great. I haven\'t had a night out in a very long time, in fact, this is the first time since I removed the dry food, and I\'m not sure how to do this so that he gets fed and keeps a calm tummy.
P.S. Even if I had someone come and feed him, he might still have problems. He\'s very shy/nervous and hides when people come over, so after the person left he might still eat too fast or be nervous because someone else had been there. I have a neighbor I could call, but they sometimes do things I donâ€™t ask (or necessarily want) them to do and I\'d prefer not to call them if I don\'t have to. He hides from them, too.