How to Slow Down a Cat Who Eats Too Fast

Cat Eating Too Fast

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  • If your cat eats too fast, you’re probably aware of it because she also tends to immediately throw up her undigested meal from time to time.
  • A way to help your kitty slow her food intake may already be in your kitchen cupboard. Do you happen to own a mini-muffin pan? If not, or if you prefer that your pet eat from her own dish, you might want to invest in a slow-feed bowl.
  • In cats that vomit frequently, it’s very important to determine the cause. Slowing your kitty down at mealtime should solve the problem if she vomits because she eats too fast. But if the vomiting continues or seems unrelated to her eating habits, we recommend you consult your veterinarian.

By Dr. Becker

If you're owned by a cat who's a "good eater," meaning he wolfs down every morsel of food he's offered in the blink of an eye, you're probably also dealing with the occasional reappearance of just-eaten food all over your floor. That's because many kitties who gobble up their meals also tend to develop the rude habit of vomiting undigested food shortly after they eat.

How to Slow Your Cat's Mealtime Roll

Unless you have the time and patience to hover over Fluffy each time she eats, picking up her bowl between gulps in an effort to slow the pace of her food intake, you're probably looking for a simpler solution to the problem.

And I may have found one for you. Believe it or not, it's an inexpensive mini-muffin tin.

muffin tin

Simply put a bit of food in each individual muffin cup and voila! Garfield can no longer eat his entire meal in one or two swallows – he must move from cup to cup, which will naturally slow him down.

If you don't own a mini muffin tin, you can also try spreading the food out over a large cookie or baking sheet.

If you prefer something a bit more high-tech, there are slow-feed bowls you can purchase that provide essentially the same benefit.

Don't Confuse 'Ate Too Fast' Vomiting with Chronic Vomiting in Your Kitty

Unfortunately, lots of kitties these days have a problem with chronic vomiting that can indicate a serious underlying disease process.

If your cat is a meal gulper who tends to vomit undigested food almost immediately after eating, then a mini-muffin pan, cookie sheet or slow-feed bowl should solve the problem. However, if your kitty continues to vomit after eating, or if she's vomiting routinely at random times during the day, I recommend you make an appointment with your vet. Despite the common misperception that it's "normal" for pet cats to vomit on a regular basis, new research proves otherwise. It's important to identify and treat the root cause of chronic vomiting in your feline companion.

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