A few months ago I adopted two adult cats. They were both strays and taken in to an amazing shelter here. Although they were not found together they are the best of friends, both in great health, both extremely large cats.
When I brought them home I transitioned them slowly to very high quality food and that has been successful but they are getting fat. Although large at their healthy weight (18lbs and 21 lbs respectively) they have now gained two additional pounds each and I want to nip this in the bud.
My problem is two fold. First, they free feed so I'm not sure how to make sure they both get their allotted amount each day. Second, the female (smaller of the two) has significant food anxiety. If she can see the bottom of her bowl it stresses her out. She comes to me, cries, runs to her bowl, repeat, until I shake the food to evenly distribute it so she can't see the bottom anymore. She's also this way with her water bowl. If it gets below about 3/4 full she panics.
I worry that if I take away her food after her allotted amount each morning she'll be unduly stressed.
Any suggestions? They are both fixed, moderately active and solely indoor cats.
If ANY cat can see the bottom of the bowl they stress out, My cat is a fatty and he will freak out as well. I let him free feed but I think the only way to make sure they get their allotted food at a specific time, say 7am and 6pm is to only leave food out at those times for say 30 minutes. It will be stressful for a few days, but after that they will get the hang of it.
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