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post #1 of 26
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We seem to have a slight weight issue with the boys, so DH and I decided to do something about it. We've tried two things that have failed horribly, so I've decided to share both with you.

Weight control attempt #1:
Our vet recommended that we go out and buy a rubber tub that we could cut a hole into. The point of this being so that the "skinny" kitties can get in and eat an the "chubby" one (named Dr. D Claw) couldn't. She had read a study. Perhaps the cats that were written about in the study weren't the sharpest tools in the shed, or they just didn't learn to work together. With in five seconds (I timed it) they had flipped the tub over and were eating out of it. So much for that plan.

Weight control attempt #2:
So after being thwarted by three kitties with the combined IQ of Stephen Hawking we ran out and bought a food container with a timer. When the timer goes off the flap opens and the kitties get to eat. Perfect! That is until I saw 8-Bit shove his paw into the timer and trigger the catch. He looked up at us as to say, "Stupid human, don't you know I'm smarter than this?"

No 8-Bit we didn't

I'm off to research other options.
post #2 of 26
Oh gosh Heather! Those boys of yours are just the most amazing kitties! If/when you do get it figured out, you have to let us know what actually worked. Most of us don't have a kitty like 8-Bit who can figure out everything put in front of him, but if you can make it work with him, it will work for any feline!
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Oh gosh Heather! Those boys of yours are just the most amazing kitties! If/when you do get it figured out, you have to let us know what actually worked. Most of us don't have a kitty like 8-Bit who can figure out everything put in front of him, but if you can make it work with him, it will work for any feline!
If I find it I'll send it into the Journal of Vet Medicine, because it will be the one thing to work for all cats. I'm going to have to invent something. I just know it.
post #4 of 26
What fabulous kitties - they certainly keep you on your toes don't they

Now if only you get that brainpower turned into energy burning those extra pounds would be gone in no time.
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What fabulous kitties - they certainly keep you on your toes don't they

Now if only you get that brainpower turned into energy burning those extra pounds would be gone in no time.
I know!

The best part was that Scratch would get so excited by the timer the little flap would smack him in the face. He would be there seconds before it opened. I suppose the inventor of the device never counted on the dimness of Scratch or the brain power of 8-Bit.
post #6 of 26
I just took to giving them their own bowls in separate corners of the whole apartment, one gets fed in the hall, one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen and one in the livingroom
post #7 of 26
I don't know if we can come up with any ideas because most of us have average cats who aren't as clever.
post #8 of 26
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I just took to giving them their own bowls in separate corners of the whole apartment, one gets fed in the hall, one in the bathroom, one in the kitchen and one in the livingroom
Perhaps that's what we are going to have to do.

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I don't know if we can come up with any ideas because most of us have average cats who aren't as clever.
I know... 8-Bit is very smart. Almost too smart....
post #9 of 26
Wow if any species were to take over the human race, I'd say its going to start in your home by your cats

Good luck with that. I'd pay to see a video of both
post #10 of 26
That's too funny... I bet there is never a dull moment at your house, but I don't think you'd have quite as much fun if it were. You have some incredibly smart boys and I keep wondering what will happen next.
post #11 of 26
Tubee and Root are also very clever. Root was the first of our cats to learn how to turn on the water in the sink. And then Tubee learned the same thing when he came. Samba on the other hand has no clue how anything works, and I really think he just doesn't care. Well, we mostly gave up on trying to get the cats to lose weight. Root weighs around 21lb so we have to measure there food, but other than that, we don't do anything.

Manda
post #12 of 26
okay, I think 8-Bit has the IQ of Stephen Hawking and the other 2 are just icing on the cake I am so glad my kitties are not that smart, but Antigone sure does try
post #13 of 26
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I know!

The best part was that Scratch would get so excited by the timer the little flap would smack him in the face. He would be there seconds before it opened. I suppose the inventor of the device never counted on the dimness of Scratch or the brain power of 8-Bit.
I have tears in my eyes and I could barely read that aloud to DH, I was laughing so hard.

But...this gives me some ideas, lol. We have weight issues as well, but have unsuccessfully figured out a solution thus far.

Is the automatic feeder digital or one like a kitchen timer?
post #14 of 26
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The best part was that Scratch would get so excited by the timer the little flap would smack him in the face. He would be there seconds before it opened. I suppose the inventor of the device never counted on the dimness of Scratch or the brain power of 8-Bit.
I am in love with Scratch. He sounds like such a sweetie.
post #15 of 26
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okay, I think 8-Bit has the IQ of Stephen Hawking and the other 2 are just icing on the cake
I think 8-Bit and Ophelia would just be dangerous together. I always said that she could figure out quantum physics if it were translated into Meow. I bet together they could just figure out quantum physics.
post #16 of 26
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I have tears in my eyes and I could barely read that aloud to DH, I was laughing so hard.

But...this gives me some ideas, lol. We have weight issues as well, but have unsuccessfully figured out a solution thus far.

Is the automatic feeder digital or one like a kitchen timer?
No it was a mechanical one. You'd set it hours between feedings.
post #17 of 26
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I am in love with Scratch. He sounds like such a sweetie.
Scratch is very sweet! He just doesn't have all his crayons on the box if you know what I mean.
post #18 of 26
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Scratch is very sweet! He just doesn't have all his crayons on the box if you know what I mean.
LOL! He sounds like Nabu...I won't buy the cat toy that sits on the floor & waves the wand around because I'm afraid Nabu would get whacked in the head.

Stimpy is officially not ever allowed to meet Dr. D. Claw. No. Stimpy is an evil genius when it comes to food. We've never tried timed feeders. After your story I'm glad we haven't.

I just love reading about your kitties.
post #19 of 26
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LOL! He sounds like Nabu...I won't buy the cat toy that sits on the floor & waves the wand around because I'm afraid Nabu would get whacked in the head.

Stimpy is officially not ever allowed to meet Dr. D. Claw. No. Stimpy is an evil genius when it comes to food. We've never tried timed feeders. After your story I'm glad we haven't.

I just love reading about your kitties.
They are a crafty bunch. We try, but they out smart us almost every single time.
post #20 of 26
8-Bit & Scratch sound like Eben & Snooch.

what about leaving the tub sealed, lid in place, then cutting the access hole for skinny cats? like a sealed litterbox? so it'd look kinda like this:
post #21 of 26
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8-Bit & Scratch sound like Eben & Snooch.

what about leaving the tub sealed, lid in place, then cutting the access hole for skinny cats? like a sealed litterbox? so it'd look kinda like this:
We did that. They, my hand to GOD, tipped the thing forward so all the food spilled out the front door.

Like I said either the cats in the study weren't that smart, or mine are just very intelligent.
post #22 of 26
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We did that. They, my hand to GOD, tipped the thing forward so all the food spilled out the front door.

Like I said either the cats in the study weren't that smart, or mine are just very intelligent.
i'm telling you - 8-bit is Eben, & Scratch is Snooch.

i don't know who Dr. Claw is, tho - there's only 2 cats in the strip!
post #23 of 26
Your cats crack me up, Heather!
post #24 of 26
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We did that. They, my hand to GOD, tipped the thing forward so all the food spilled out the front door.

Like I said either the cats in the study weren't that smart, or mine are just very intelligent.

How about adding some weights to it?
I was about to say to get the heavier one on the treadmill with a dangling treat but he'd be too smart to fall for that.
post #25 of 26
You need a video camera. Your boys are so amusing.

Can the cat with the weight problem get up high? If not, feed the other on top of the fridge.
post #26 of 26
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You need a video camera. Your boys are so amusing.

Can the cat with the weight problem get up high? If not, feed the other on top of the fridge.
I may end up doing that, but it was so funny that the two things we tried got thrown out with in 24 hours.
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