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cat thinks he is people

FletcherFletcher Registered User regular
edited January 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
over the last couple of months, my cat has decided that he wants to eat using his hands

unfortunately though, he has no proper thumbs to work with!

so whenever he is fed his pseudo-meat-chunks in a bowl, he tries to pick them up but just ends up scooping them out onto the floor one by one, then eating them off the floor

the constant gravy smears on the linoleum is making the kitchen smell kind of funky, and it is a bitch to clean up the few chunks he leaves on the floor when he is finished eating

just wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem, and if so how the heck to fix/improve it! any cat-problem trainers out there? please help me, my house smells of cheap meat D:

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited January 2010
    buy him little pants and a little hat

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  • IncenjucarIncenjucar Audio Game Developer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Get a plastic, easily-washable dinner mat for under the bowl?

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  • Gabriel_PittGabriel_Pitt (effective against the Irish) Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    And try feeding him from a plate, instead of a bowl. My might not be liking the bowl for some reason, which is why he's pulling the food out of there before eating it.

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  • Shorn Scrotum ManShorn Scrotum Man Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Druhim wrote: »
    buy him little pants and a little hat

    This, and have a camera ready.

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  • FletcherFletcher Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    dinner mat and plate are both excellent ideas and i can't believe i didn't think of them

    thanks guys! failing that i will get some money together to get him some thumbs put on

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  • ಠ_ರೃಠ_ರೃ __BANNED USERS
    edited January 2010
    put a little bowl of water next to his food so he can wash his hands after he eats.

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  • ಠ_ರೃಠ_ರೃ __BANNED USERS
    edited January 2010
    ಠ_ರೃ on
    New Year’s Eve is the best. For one magical night, even the most straight-laced babe feels socially obligated to get blindingly drunk and act like a total whore. Pretty daddy’s girls with blond hair and tight asses swill cheap champagne and toss back shots of peach schnapps until they’re flashing their big, firm tits at any chump who wanders by.
  • zilozilo Registered User
    edited January 2010
    One of my cats does this too. It is adorable but fairly annoying as he'll often bat the food around on the floor before "killing it" and feeding. I hear putting dry food in an empty water bottle and cutting a hole so they can "forage" tends to diminish this behavior but so far the food bits getting batted around is less annoying than the 4am bottle-rolling would be.

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  • retrovmretrovm Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    my cat does this with her dry food sometimes, it's bonkers. i keep her bowl on the kitchen counter by the sink so cleanup is easy. she also drinks water from her paw, like a little cup.

    cats are so bizarre.

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  • GrennGrenn Registered User
    edited January 2010
    I'd like to hear more from the cat's side of things -- could you get him to post here?

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  • GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Agreed. Biased story is biased. Cat deserves to make his point.

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  • THEPAIN73THEPAIN73 Shiny. Real shiny.Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    The place mat idea is the best way to solve this.

    Make him have a Spider-man mat!

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  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion The Land of Flowers (and Dragons)Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    My cat does this. I asked a vet and was told that the reason they pull things out of food bowls is usually due to their whiskers brushing the bowl when they eat. Apparently this would be like pressing your face into a Tupperware box every time you have a sandwich, with the plastic sides digging into your cheeks with each bite.

    I switched his dry food to a very wide, shallow bowl and his wet food to a flat plate and I haven't had any other problems.

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  • CrashtardCrashtard Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Enc wrote: »
    My cat does this. I asked a vet and was told that the reason they pull things out of food bowls is usually due to their whiskers brushing the bowl when they eat. Apparently this would be like pressing your face into a Tupperware box every time you have a sandwich, with the plastic sides digging into your cheeks with each bite.

    I switched his dry food to a very wide, shallow bowl and his wet food to a flat plate and I haven't had any other problems.

    Interesting. My cats do this too. They will take each individual piece out of the bowl and eat from the floor. I'm glad I popped into this thread.

    For the OP, the dinner mat suggestion is definitely money. I started doing that with my cats about 6 months ago and it's made things MUCH better.

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  • FiggyFiggy Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    If you're using any sort of plastic feeding dish, switch. They can cause irritation as gunk and mold and shit often build up inside/around the edge.

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  • mtsmts Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    my one cat does this too and he is large. not fat just gigantic. the whiskers would explain it.

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  • ಠ_ರೃಠ_ರೃ __BANNED USERS
    edited January 2010
    Do you have a Maine coon?

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    ಠ_ರೃ on
    New Year’s Eve is the best. For one magical night, even the most straight-laced babe feels socially obligated to get blindingly drunk and act like a total whore. Pretty daddy’s girls with blond hair and tight asses swill cheap champagne and toss back shots of peach schnapps until they’re flashing their big, firm tits at any chump who wanders by.
  • EncEnc A Fool with Compassion The Land of Flowers (and Dragons)Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Figgy wrote: »
    If you're using any sort of plastic feeding dish, switch. They can cause irritation as gunk and mold and shit often build up inside/around the edge.

    Or you can dishwash them with fair frequency (I.E. every other day). A general rule of thumb is: If you wouldn't eat out of it, don't let your pet eat out of it.

    Plastic is usually a bad idea, though. The usual reason I see a lot of people moving away from plastic to ceramic or stainless steel is ease of cleaning and weight, especially with cats and water bowls. Cats instinctively like to drink from fresh, moving water. They will often bat at the water and make a huge mess if you don't have one of those expensive fountains. This is to make the water move a bit, making it easier for them to gauge the depth so they don't get their faces half underwater. Plastic tends to be lightweight, and the cat is as likely to tip the bowl over as to make the water move.

    The place mats only offer so much help, to be honest. If you get one, find one that is plastic with the little raised bumps that provide traction to the floor. My cat was raised with three dogs around (a roomate's pets) that would constantly eat his food. Because of this, he buries his food when finished to keep the phantom dogs from eating it (phantom because there are no other pets now). He usually would dig up any towel, place mat, or anything nearby to cover the food with. I'm told this is a fairly common thing among cats, but your millage may vary.

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  • mtsmts Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    he is not a maine coon but he is nearly that big.he is a blue flame tipped rag doll mix likely but with cats who knows

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  • ApexMirageApexMirage Registered User
    edited January 2010
    I don't know how but after a solid 20 minutes of wikipedia i ended up on Mr. Bigglesworth >_>

    you also forgot the first rule of cat threads.

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  • xa52xa52 Registered User
    edited January 2010
    Maybe all he needs is a fork.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypMl2RFTC9Y

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    xa52 wrote: »
    Maybe all he needs is a fork.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypMl2RFTC9Y

    Wow, she tied a fork to the cat's paw and then spent forever training that eating behavior.

    I wonder why her husband hasn't divorced her for catching the crazy yet.

    Also, the cat would really like to have dinner with Tiger Woods and Oprah, plz.

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  • ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Is he a polydactyl by chance?

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  • CimmeriiCimmerii SpaceOperaGhost Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I think pictures of said cat would help us help you more. Most cat problems can be solved by posting pictures. Especially on this forum.

    Agreeing with the plate thing, cat's whiskers are sensitive and they use them for things like hunting and creeping about. They can feel very faint air movement, and as a general rule, if they stick their head in a hole and their whiskers fit, then their whole body can. Most cats don't like eating out of dishes where their whiskers are constantly hitting the sides-imagine someone flicking you in the face while you are trying to take a bite of food.

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  • NostregarNostregar Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Our cat does the same thing with her dry food (and also scoops water with her paw d'awww), so we got her a mat to put under the bowls like people have suggested. Works fine for us.

    We also keep the water-sloshing and accidental food-spillage to a minimum by getting her the "travel bowls" or whatever they're called - they have a ring on top that keeps anything from spilling out. Kind of expensive, but worth it for us.

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  • EverywhereasignEverywhereasign Registered User
    edited January 2010
    Enc wrote: »
    Cats instinctively like to drink from fresh, moving water. They will often bat at the water and make a huge mess if you don't have one of those expensive fountains. This is to make the water move a bit, making it easier for them to gauge the depth so they don't get their faces half underwater.

    Just a word of warning before anyone buys ones of these fountains. We borrowed one to test it out before we bought one ourselves. The cat made it his personal mission to empty all the flowing water onto the floor. It resulted in a not-so-small mess.


    Also, the OP has missed one of the unwritten rules of H/A, although not usually infraction worthy; One must post pictures of the animal in question when questions relate to an animal.

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  • ಠ_ರೃಠ_ರೃ __BANNED USERS
    edited January 2010
    cats are douches

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    New Year’s Eve is the best. For one magical night, even the most straight-laced babe feels socially obligated to get blindingly drunk and act like a total whore. Pretty daddy’s girls with blond hair and tight asses swill cheap champagne and toss back shots of peach schnapps until they’re flashing their big, firm tits at any chump who wanders by.
  • FletcherFletcher Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    whoops, sorry!

    here are pictures of said animal sitting in the top of a drying rack, and huddled inside a towel for protection

    you can't really see it in these photos but he is absolutely massive for a cat; he almost comes up to my knee

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  • L|amaL|ama Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    I have a massive cat too. We should get them to play on a seesaw or something.

    ಠ_ರೃ wrote: »
    cats are douches

    it's kind of hilarious that this is the post that ends up getting him banned

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  • NerdtendoNerdtendo Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    L|ama wrote: »
    I have a massive cat too. We should get them to play on a seesaw or something.

    ಠ_ರೃ wrote: »
    cats are douches

    it's kind of hilarious that this is the post that ends up getting him banned

    How long do you think until that post with the infraction makes it into someone's sig?

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  • mtsmts Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    this could become the thread fr giant cats who eat like people

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  • Richard_DastardlyRichard_Dastardly Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Nerdtendo wrote: »
    L|ama wrote: »
    I have a massive cat too. We should get them to play on a seesaw or something.

    ಠ_ರೃ wrote: »
    cats are douches

    it's kind of hilarious that this is the post that ends up getting him banned

    How long do you think until that post with the infraction makes it into someone's sig?

    It's already been done.
    Enc wrote: »
    Cats instinctively like to drink from fresh, moving water. They will often bat at the water and make a huge mess if you don't have one of those expensive fountains. This is to make the water move a bit, making it easier for them to gauge the depth so they don't get their faces half underwater.

    Just a word of warning before anyone buys ones of these fountains. We borrowed one to test it out before we bought one ourselves. The cat made it his personal mission to empty all the flowing water onto the floor. It resulted in a not-so-small mess.

    Those fountains can be a huge pain too... the little motors can clog with hair and gunk really fast. I had to clean mine out every couple of days before I just got rid of it. Now I use those plastic bowls that you screw a liter of soda into. It keeps the water fresh. Abd the cats always gather round it when the water glugs into the bowl.

    Yeah, I said glugs.

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    ಠ_ರೃ wrote: »
    cats are douches
  • CrashtardCrashtard Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Those fountains can be a huge pain too... the little motors can clog with hair and gunk really fast. I had to clean mine out every couple of days before I just got rid of it. Now I use those plastic bowls that you screw a liter of soda into. It keeps the water fresh. Abd the cats always gather round it when the water glugs into the bowl.

    Yeah, I said glugs.

    You give your cats soda?! (j/k!)

    Seriously though, where did you find those bowls that let you screw the bottle in? I've been trying to find those, and have had no luck. Unfortunately I live in area with lots of dumbass rich fold who apparently only buy the fountains, since that's all pet smart et all sell.

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  • Richard_DastardlyRichard_Dastardly Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Crashtard wrote: »
    Seriously though, where did you find those bowls that let you screw the bottle in? I've been trying to find those, and have had no luck. Unfortunately I live in area with lots of dumbass rich fold who apparently only buy the fountains, since that's all pet smart et all sell.
    Try Walmart, where the rest of America shops.

    Or maybe another pet chain store. I forget where we got ours... I'm fairly certain it was Petco, though.

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    ಠ_ರೃ wrote: »
    cats are douches
  • CrashtardCrashtard Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    Crashtard wrote: »
    Seriously though, where did you find those bowls that let you screw the bottle in? I've been trying to find those, and have had no luck. Unfortunately I live in area with lots of dumbass rich fold who apparently only buy the fountains, since that's all pet smart et all sell.
    Try Walmart, where the rest of America shops.

    Or maybe another pet chain store. I forget where we got ours... I'm fairly certain it was Petco, though.

    Love to, but the nearest walmart is about 25 minutes away so we don't really go there very often. I guess I could make a trek down there. The only things near me are pet smart and target, and target has little to nothing for pets except food and toys.

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    That cat-boy video from yesterday is still freaking me the hell out. You are haunting my dreams.

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  • odiugodiug Registered User
    edited January 2010
    I agree with the place mat idea, the plate instead of bowl idea, and if it hasn't been mentioned the cat might be wary about where he is eating now and would like a more calming/suitable/less busy area to eat. Maybe slowly moving the dining area to a new spot might help?

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  • VistiVisti Registered User regular
    edited January 2010
    ಠ_ರೃ wrote: »
    Do you have a Maine coon?

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    I do and he loves doing both this and dragging the water bowl a couple of feet before drinking. Drives me nuts at night.

    edit: sorry, forgot animal thread == photo thread:

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