Originally Posted by Shashagirl
I have an overweight girl that I put on a diet. I also have 2 boys that are VERY active that love eating. The boys are mostly eating canned food, Wellness. They nibble on dry throughout the day as a snack. The fatty girl will only eat dry. I put out 1/4 cup dry in the morning and 1/2 cup at night. My problem is that all cats act like I'm starving them and won't leave me alone at night when I'm trying to sleep. I would close my bedroom door, but my sons sometimes like to come in my room if they can't sleep at night and are told not to open the door if it's closed unless it's an emergency. Does anyone have suggestions? I look like a zombie, and I'm so tired in the daytime.
My 3 are an exact clone of yours.
Lilly needs to lose weight and Zachary and Forrest need all the calories they can consume. I went almost a year 1/2 with lack of sleep. It was HORRIBLE and I started to look and feel bad because of it. I totally understand what you are going through.
Here's how I solved the problem in my house:
I leave kibbles out for Lilly to free feed, but only put out a measured amount each day. (1/3 of the measured kibbles I put out before bed) They boys will occasionally get into her kibbles but not too often. I give the boys canned 3 x's a day. Once in the morning when I get up, late afternoon and then right before we go to bed at night. This seems to solve the annoying "wake-ups" at night saying that they are starving to death.
Only Forrest was a pain in the neck at night with the constant noise making and trying to get our attention. I solved that by putting him in the guest bathroom in the middle of the night if he starts whining for attention. I keep a small litter box, food and water in there just for him.
Forrest seems to really like his "special room" and although he wont go in there on his own, he will gently wake me up, and I follow him to the other side of the house and shut the door behind him and then go back to sleep.
Even though I still have to wake up, walk across the house and put Forrest into the bathroom it is SO much better. My husband opens the door in the morning when he gets up and lets him out.
Hope this helps.