Originally Posted by Howard
I guess they are human in a way.
But they're not human, not in any way and cannot understand calories - most people fail at this as well...
And sharky's right - Practically every single food is tallow coated, it's to help preserve it and make it taste and smell better to cats. Set a piece of your high quality dry food on a sheet of paper overnight, you'll find a grease spot. Or simply handle it barehanded, you'll feel the fat on it. Without the tallow and powder coating you get something more like a dog biscuit as far as scent and how it would feel in your hand. (DH claims that uncoated cat food smells like bird seed?..
Mine are on scheduled meals. I have one that will overeat, if allowed, then barf his food up on the floor. Many others here have cats with this problem, too, so it's not just a few cats that do this. The same cat was also rather overweight at one point, restricting food and getting another high energy cat helped trim him down. My other cat shows signs that if allowed to eat all he wanted, he'd develop a rather wide back end....
A funny thing, though. Reptile keepers, particularly those with leopard geckos, claim that leos will not over eat. I have one, that as a baby, would eat too much in one sitting then regurgitate it. Because of that I had to break up her feedings into a couple smaller meals a few hours a part.