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post #1 of 22
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...when they're eating?
Let me explain. Whenever I come home from work now, Cosette will meow so loudly requests, and she'll go straight to her food bowl and start eating. So now whenever I'm home, she meows like crazy and it seems like she wants me to follow her to her food bowl and watch her eat!
My co-worker says one of her cats does the same thing!
Do any of your kits seem to prefer an audience while they eat?
post #2 of 22
I learnt to do this through MA(Hissy)because she does it with her cats.

Rosies doesn't seem bothered, but i sit and watch Sophie because she looks up at me every now and then while she's eating, and i'll say " is that lovely sweetie?!"
post #3 of 22
Anytime Sui or Oscar follows me into they kitchen, they walk by their food bowl like ,"Oh hey look, it's food" and will eat as long as I'm in the kitchen. It's like the food tastes better if mom's watching

After Sui was spayed, I had her confined in a bedroom and I would go visit her throughout the day. Every single time I would walk in to see her, she would walk over too her bowl full of food and start purring and eating. I think maybe they associate getting food with us .
post #4 of 22
I learned about this from MA as well. I believe they just don't like to eat alone. Sitting down with them while they eat is a great way to bond. I don't sit with Dori every morning, but I would say 3-4 days a week when I give her breakfast I sit with her. Once she is done eating she comes over to me and wants to cuddle
post #5 of 22
I think I might have learnt something here!

Guin is fussy when it comes to eating anyway but if I leave the kitchen, he will just walk away and ignore the lovely food that I have given him. Yet if I stay in the kitchen, he will wolf it down

I think I am going to put this to the test

Oh and I will limit the cuddles afterwards cos cat breath is just so
post #6 of 22
My cat Phoebe absolutely refuses to eat unless I watch her.

At least I now know that this is normal! To be honest I though she had a eating disorder
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
I find this completely interesting, too. I am all about bonding with the kits, so I'll have to be sure to cuddle with Cosette after she eats.
These stories are just too cute!
Cats never fail to find ways to get to our hearts .
post #8 of 22
Tailer doesn't like to eat alone either. He'll come to where I am (or go to hubby if I'm not home) and meow as loud as he can until we either go into the room where his dish is or bring his dish to where we are.

On the other hand, Harvey won't eat if anyone's in the room with him. Forest doesn't care...he just likes to eat.
post #9 of 22
Mostly mine don't seem to mind much, probably because there's like, 7 eating at one time! But Rusty will come thru to the dry bowl, shovel a huge mouthful in his mouth like a hamster, and bring it to the living room where we are, spit it in the floor and proceed to eat it while he watches tv with us!
post #10 of 22
Buzz requires a full body massage while he's eating. I just love that cat.
post #11 of 22
OMG!!!! I thought Moss was the only one who did this!! He's our first cat so we were none the wiser thinking it were just him!! OMG I'm so suprised. I will sit with him more now I know it can help with bonding!! Wow.. that's such great info!!!
post #12 of 22
If I feed Abby and leave the room she will either walk away from the food or only eat a little. If I stay, she eats a lot more!
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Gilly
I think I might have learnt something here!

Guin is fussy when it comes to eating anyway but if I leave the kitchen, he will just walk away and ignore the lovely food that I have given him. Yet if I stay in the kitchen, he will wolf it down

I think I am going to put this to the test

Oh and I will limit the cuddles afterwards cos cat breath is just so

Agree 100%
post #14 of 22
Patches doesnt mind me watching her while she eats... She talks to me and tells me how her day was. Tiger growls at me when I watch her eat my housemate says that she likes to eat in peace..haha.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
Glad I started this thread- it's been very informative! When I got home, Cosette began meowing for me to watch her eat, as usual. But this time, I started petting and massaging her as she ate. She was SO happy! She purred louder than usual and even kneaded the food placemat as she ate!
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
Glad I started this thread- it's been very informative! When I got home, Cosette began meowing for me to watch her eat, as usual. But this time, I started petting and massaging her as she ate. She was SO happy! She purred louder than usual and even kneaded the food placemat as she ate!

Bless her!! How lovely tho that we've discovered our cats aren't weirdo's and how it seems that everyone else's are the same!! What a brilliant thread!!
post #17 of 22
I've just tried this and watched him to the point where my legs were aching. He ate loads more than usual. Started off licking the jelly but actually went on to eat the meat as well. Then went on to the biscuits and then his water. I stroaked him a few times. I trid to massage but he wouldn't tolerate that so I went back to stroaking and he seemed so contented!! Wow.. I'm so amazed at this finding!! Fantastic. Well done Ugaimes!!
post #18 of 22
Mine love it when I'm around when they eat. I have a bowl of food in the bathroom on top of the dryer (yes they are in the bathroom). Whenever I go in that room, I am followed by at least a few cats who zoom past me - they jump on the dryer by way of the toilet seat then start munching down. You know how cats love to be with you in the bathroom - mine get that added pleasure of being able to eat while I do my business.

Then there is the 7PM canned food feedings. Scarlett simply won't eat unless one of us (preferably husband) is standing over her talking and giving her scritches. She gets the prime spot on the counter by the window for her feeding. Most of the others are fed on the floor and some will walk away if you leave the room. Emily is fed upstairs and won't eat unless you spend some time with her first. Even a few of my ferals won't start to munch unless I stand there and talk to them for a while.

Yup - they LOVE when you join in on their meals! I think it has to do with the fact that feeding time in wild cats is a social event and its a deep genetic trait.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
Yup - they LOVE when you join in on their meals! I think it has to do with the fact that feeding time in wild cats is a social event and its a deep genetic trait.
I think you are absolutely right! My boyfriend (just b/c he has a degree in biology, he thinks he's an expert on everything! ) said the same thing and there is a lot of merit in that theory.
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
I think you are absolutely right! My boyfriend (just b/c he has a degree in biology, he thinks he's an expert on everything! ) said the same thing and there is a lot of merit in that theory.
I love to watch nature shows about big cats. I've learned so much about basic behavior in domestic house cats from those shows!
post #21 of 22
Seamus definitely likes to eat with company.

His litterbox is in one bathroom and occasionally he'll follow me in there and use his box while I'm in there. I don't know if he just likes the company or if it somehow reminds him, "Oh, maybe I have to go now too."
post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Tari
On the other hand, Harvey won't eat if anyone's in the room with him. Forest doesn't care...he just likes to eat.
I was glad to hear about Harvey. Imogen WON'T eat if anyone is around. If she's eating and I come into the kitchen, she bolts. I've never had a cat do this! I was afraid she had some kind of cat-bullimia...
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