i have 3 cats -
Kizmet - very overweight. obsessed with food. will camp out for hours by his food bowl if he sees it is getting low. eats everyone else\'s food and treats, and they let him.
Callie - skinny. petite, but not unhealthy. food is not that important or interesting to her, she eats when she has to. (she has been checked over and over by vets in her 11 years, so i know there is no issue, she just doesn\'t get excited about it)
Ben - 8 weeks old, loves to sneak some of Kizmet\'s diet food, which has me on the horrors. (Kizmet will return the favor by sneaking Ben\'s kitten food)
obviously, i free feed, mostly dry. wet is a treat for the older two at this point. ben gets a mix of wet and dry kitten food at night, because strictly wet gives him the runs, no matter what brand i buy.
i am borderline broke, lol, so the higher priced food is out. but i would love to switch over to meal times, instead of free feeding. my issue is, callie can go hours without eating. she\'s always been that way. kizmet will eat lint. everything is edible to him. when i give them wet food now on occasion, she only eats a little, and then kizmet finishes hers. i have no idea how to make sure she eats enough if i only give her food at certain times. i can\'t separate them for feeding, as i live in a one bedroom with no doors, not even on the closet! i am also at work from 9am to 6pm. can they go that long without food??? (can you tell this is new for me?)
i really, really HATE the idea of giving up free feeding, only because i have done it forever, and Kizmet is the only overweight kitty i have had. but now i have 3 cats with different needs, and i want to make sure they are healthy and getting what their bodies need.
its a big task, i think, but i\'m willing to give it a go for my kids. anyone have any advice?