Food aggressive cat??

PeenPeen Registered User regular
We currently have three cats. We've had cats for 16 years as a family and longer than that individually, we know cats, we're pretty well versed in their quirks. But one of our cats now is extremely food aggressive, way way more than my wife and I have ever experienced, and we're kind of at a loss for what to do about it. We can't leave any kind of any food out and around, in or out of packaging, because she'll tear into it to get to it, and it doesn't matter what. We left for a day and she ripped up a bunch of my kids' Halloween candy, going through a closed Ziploc bag and the individual wrappers to get to it, that's how extreme it is.

To be clear, she is by no means starving. She's fed wet food twice per day (morning and evening) and we have an automated food dispenser that drops 1/8 of a cup of dry food 4 times per day, which we were hoping would just get her used to the idea that she wasn't being deprived (we also use it to feed them when we leave for a weekend). She's also not ill, she's been to the vet twice in the past year and they've run every test they can think of to account for it and she got a clean bill of health.

Also, there's nothing in her background that would account for it. Her litter was surrendered to a shelter when they were born and we got her and her sister when they were 4 months old, she's never been out in the wild fending for herself, and her sister doesn't act like this at all.

So yeah, have any of you experienced a cat behaving this way and if so did you find anything that's helpful? We've done all of the googling, we've read all of the things, I'd really like any anecdotal assists that you have because nobody else's advice has been helpful or productive.


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    BahamutZEROBahamutZERO Registered User, Moderator mod
    If you took her to the vet and they had no idea, I have no idea either. That's weird as heck.

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    StrikorStrikor Calibrations? Calibrations! Registered User regular
    The most common causes (things like hyperthyroidism) would have shown up in bloodwork so that is indeed super strange. You might try talking to the vet about anti-anxiety medications and see if one of those help. Gabapentin and Prozac are the most common. The latter is what one of ours has been on for a few years now and has drastically reduced some obsessive tendencies she has. Half of one in a Pill Pocket once a day and she is perfectly happy to take it.

    There is also Feliway which is supposed to be an anti-anxiety pheromone but I have never seen a difference when we have tried it on any of ours.

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    Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    edited December 2023
    They're just having a mid life/existential crisis so have a case of the kitty nom noms.

    Try sitting with them on your lap and explaining philosophy, starting with Nietzsche. 🤔🐱

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    IcemopperIcemopper Registered User regular
    edited December 2023
    We've got four cats that are fed wet food and even raw food and our vet says they're at an excellent weight (we keep asking because of this very issue).

    Three of them are food aggressive! Extremely so. To the point that we bought our house specifically because it doesn't have an open kitchen. They're different depending on the food - one likes butter the most, so she can't be in the kitchen when butter is involved. Another loves bread so much that he'll tear into our grocery bags when we get home looking for it. The third is mostly just aggressive about his own meals and tries to steal from the others bowls if he finishes early.

    That said, we installed doors on our kitchen so we can cook and bake in peace. The doors don't latch since they're bi-fold, so we had to take the handles off because they figured out how to hold one handle and kick off the other door to open it, then we installed latches on the interior so we can keep the doors closed while cooking. We mostly cook vegan recipes so it often isn't a huge issue until the cooking oils come out, they love olive oil!

    We also keep all food items secure in a pantry that they cannot open. We have a bread drawer that you can slide up to open but they figured out how to open that. We tried keeping food in the cabinets above the counters but they figured out how to open that and sort of ladder-climb up the shelves to reach the food. They get their food at the standard eating times and get some snacks in-between and they're completely chill until we bring out the olive oil or tofu. I have to reiterate that they are a great weight and the vet always comments on their perfect health. We even brush their teeth every day! (We've gone off the deep end)

    The cats have won. It is their house. We are at their mercy. The doors are holding for now, but we're not sure for how long. Send help treats!

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