Our Cat Has an Eating Disorder


For many years now, we have had a tradition of turning skinny cats into fat cats. Case in point:

Frankie, on the other hand, has stayed skinny.

cat Frankie

I’m sure this is because he scarfs up his expensive, canned food and home-made raw, organic chicken cat food, and then pukes it out. I feel bad for him when he does that but, I’m ashamed to say, I feel bad for my wallet too.

I think I would feel worse for Frankie if I thought there was something physically wrong with him but he seems pretty healthy otherwise. If he was human, I would think he has bulimia, but what he probably has is something called Eatwaytoofast Disorder.

I don’t know if there is a cure. Anyone else have experience with this?

 

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30 thoughts on “Our Cat Has an Eating Disorder

  1. onespoiledcat

    I’ve seen other bloggers talk about their cats eating well then throwing it up – some say it’s behavioral and others say there’s some kind of medical issue or food issue – I think there are a number of “reasons” for it….but as you say Frankie is healthy – your vet has no ideas either??

    Pam

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      1. onespoiledcat

        Ahhh…..I just thought maybe the vet would have some insight as to cause but I think maybe some cats just EAT TOO FAST for their own good and up it comes !!

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  2. easyweimaraner

    I hope you will get some good tips … the hoover-like eating is sadly a problem in our house too… what you eat with mach2 comes back with the same speed… and mostly it lands on my poor shaggy carpet …sigh…

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  3. Mary McNeil

    There are some dishes that are made to help a cat eat slower – some are like mazes or puzzles. Most are designed for dry food but a few work with wet. And I know there was a post about this on another blog not too long ago – maybe The Conscious Cat? Some breeds are “prone to regurgitation” – is he part Siamese ?

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      I am not sure making it difficult to eat would work because Frankie would leave his bowl and take Chris’s food, who needs to eat more wet food and less dry.

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  4. Summer

    The only solutions my human can come up with involve separating Frankie at mealtimes. Because he might do better being given small amounts of food at one time so he doesn’t eat so much that he pukes it back up. But that would involve keeping him from the other cats’ food also. (For the record, there always seems to be one cat who is separated from the others at mealtime around here, MOL!)

    Also, you have probably already done this, but have you checked to see if there are certain brands or flavors of food that he pukes up more than others? We don’t feed Blue Buffalo here, for example, because Binga always threw it up. It just didn’t agree with her, so we’ve given it a pass.

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      It doesn’t seem to matter. I’ve seen him puke up various brands of canned food. I’ve also seen him puke up straight raw food and raw food mixed with canned food.

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    2. Charles Huss Post author

      Also separating cats is such a pain. If anyone needs separating it’s Chris because everyone steals his food and he lets them. You would prefer to wait for the dry food.

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      Oops, I hit send by mistake. Our cats change bowls like it’s a game of musical chairs. I would have to buy slow feeders for everyone and Chris needs to be encouraged to eat more wet food. It’s very difficult.

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  5. Timmy Tomcat

    Mr Buttons has that disorder. He also has Steal-Milk-Even-Though-Lactose-Intolerant disorder. He can projectile milk around 8 feet. MOL Rumpy can also be bulimic when he finds a bag of cat food that is not put away and eats his own weight.
    *Sigh*

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      When I make coffee in the morning Chris is right there wanting some of the coffee cream. I know it’s bad for him but I sometimes just give him a very small amount, like half a capful.

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  6. The Island Cats

    First of all, Chris doesn’t look fat. 🙂 Sometimes Ernie eats his food really fast and then throws it up. But he always comes back looking for more. I think he just eats too fast. He has a thin body type. Sometimes I think it’s just body style too. Some cats look huskier than others. ~Island Cat Mom

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    1. Charles Huss Post author

      We did have one other cat, Alex, that didn’t get fat. I guess everyone’s different. I do think eating too much dry food does make a cat fatter though. I’ve been trying to cut back the dry food I put down and encourage Chris to eat more wet food but he resists.

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  7. 15andmeowing

    Joanie does that too so I put a golf ball in her bowl to slow her down. You can buy special dishes that make it harder for them to get the food so they eat slower.

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  8. elizabetcetera

    My cat Ted eats like there is no tomorrow. He has barfed up his food several times because he eats so fast. I take his wet food with some added water and pour it into a long tray. This slows him down somewhat. I tried dividing up his food and feeding him a spaced out meal over several minutes but I don’t have the patience for that and neither does Ted! Those cats! What are we going to do with them? ❤

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  9. claire93

    yes our Merlin suffers from the same “disorder”. Pure greediness. He gobbles food down without chewing, and usually vomits it back up within about 15 minutes. What annoys me the most is often he pukes it back up into the large communal bowl of dried food . . . so none of the other cats want to eat after that!

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  10. hilarey

    Our big ginger cat used to do the same Hoover and puke manoeuvre, we just used to only give him small amounts at a time but we had three cats too so he would just go eat someone else’s food. I don’t think we ever solved the problem but as long as he wasn’t going down in weight the vet said not to be too worried

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