Cats are pretty self-contained and low-maintenance animals. When they eat more than necessary, the normal reaction for a pet is to regurgitate the food that’s in excess and might cause digestive problems.
Their esophageal tract is mostly parallel to the ground since they do not walk upright. So what happens when they eat too fast?
Their esophageal sphincter can’t let the food into their stomach in such a short time or the stomach will be full while they are still eating. Taking this into consideration, it is better – and more comfortable for them – to prevent our pets from vomiting after eating. There are hundreds of options — from special bowls for cats who eat too much to tricking their mind.
How to slow down a cat when eating
Before reading the methods, it’s worth mentioning that not all of them work on every cat. It depends on their personality and needs.
Methods including special feeding containers
First of all, try to spread the food on a plate so the animal won’t have a choice but to eat small amounts at a time. This way the cat will surely take her time when she eats.
Or have you ever thought of a puzzle feeder? Well, you can buy one or make it yourself. This product also stimulates her cognitive skills. Your cat will receive his or her food in small portions and she’ll have to work a little bit for it.
Pressing with your finger onto the wet food inside the bowl might work, too. This way, the cat will have to take it by herself with her paws so she will not eat too much and he or she will do it in a reasonable amount of time.
Another option would be to place a ball in the middle of the bowl. With the ball being there, your pet will have to slow down when eating so he or she could eat around it or move it. Or you could just buy a bowl with a built-in lump in the middle.
If you’re looking for a more comfortable choice, there is a method that helps you set the amount of food your cat receives, how many times per day this happens and at what time. An automatic feeder is very convenient for the owner since it does all the work.
Methods using alternative feeding techniques
On top of everything, you can try to trick your cat into thinking that he or she eats more. For instance, instead of giving him or her three portions of food, give six small portions to the pet. This is a win-win situation.
But what is there to do if you have more than one cat? Maybe they bully each other or they create each other discomfort while eating. A good solution would be to create more food spots around the home.
All in all, if nothing changes, it is recommended to take your cat to the vet for a check-up.