Originally Posted by bengalsmum
My kitten keeps eating dinner bits that my children knock onto the floor when they are eating- before i even have chance to sweep up!
He gets fed enough of his own food soo why does he want ours? No matter what we are eating he wants it, i dont give him anything from our plates so why does he think he can have it?
Also he jusmps on the table alot when we are eating and the only way to stop him is to put him in the next room but i feel awfull doing that.
Kittens can be VERY PERSISTANT in trying to get food. I wouldn't worry about him getting a few scraps off the floor. (That's a benefit to having pets, they help keep the floor clean!
If you ever watch kittens eat with other cats, they just sneak up and stick their face in the bowl. The more persistent kittens are the ones who thrive by getting lots of food. So your kitty's behavior, while "naughty" to humans, is normal to him. And when the behavior is reinforced, by getting a bite of food, they just keep doing it.
When Garfield and Festus were 3-6 months old, they learned to snitch food off the kids plates by sitting behind them. Then when the kids were looking the other way, the kittens would stretch up onto the table and eat a bite or two! What stopped it was teaching the kids to be very firm in never letting the kitties get a bite of food, and setting the kitties on the floor if we noticed them in the kitchen chairs at meal times. I also was very diligent about ensuring the kids clear their plates when they leave the table, so no treats are left on the table.
It does get better as the kitten gets older, so if you need to remove him to another room when he jumps on the table, don't despair. In a month or two he will be so much better!