My cat, Gizmo, has what the vet has called "A little touch of bulemia." She overeats and immediately regurgitates her food back up -- more often than not. She is only 6 pounds, so I'm not sure if she just doesn't know how much she can eat and just gets excited (she doesn't even chew -- the pieces come back up whole), or if she does it for attention. I wonder this, because she seems to only do it when I'm home, and lately, it's been at night, where I have to get out of bed to clean it up. And, even more recently, she's started to do it on the bed. She used to just throw up directly next to her food bowl, onto the hardwood floor, and now, she's spitting the nasty orange stuff onto my comforter. After washing it three times in the last week, I'm fed up. All of my stuff (carpets, blankets...) is getting ruined, not to mention all of the food she is literally wasting! Has anyone had a similar situation? The vet said it is quite common for cats to overeat, and said that I need to make it more difficult for her to eat her food so that she has to go slower. I tried putting less food in her bowl, but that only made it worse, because she felt it was her personal mission to clean out her bowl every time there was food in it so that I'd have to re-fill it again, and during this mission, she would have some more pukey-time. I've also tried to distract her when I notice her wolfing down her food, which seems to work, but is not an option when I'm asleep in bed. Does anyone have any home remedies for getting their cat to eat slower? A vet once told me to try and make a device out of a toilet paper roll so she could only get one piece at a time and really work at it, but I can't remember how she said to make it work... Thanks so much!
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1/9/08 at 3:33pm