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My Cat Millie Eats Like A Bird

Saturday, August 18, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats unlike dogs are nibblers. They eat a small amount of food several times throughout the day. Usually they will leave some food at the end of the day. That’s why I always advise readers to always leave fresh food and water out for your cat and change it once or twice a day.

My cat Millie is 13 years old now and she has never been a great eater. Sometimes, I would worry that she doesn’t eat that much but otherwise seems very healthy and dashes all around the house. She is also a very fussy eater. I usually give her a bowl of dry food and have added a bowl of wet food. She was never a fan of wet food but is beginning to eat a small amount of it everyday. Wet food is better for hydration and cats have a tendency to get dehydrated very quickly.

Every morning I have to empty Millie’s food bowls and refill them. There is always lots of food left. I feel like I’m wasting it but fresh food should be given everyday. I’m trying to reduce the amount that I’m giving her. Unlike my other cat Molly who passed away in February, Millie eats like a bird. Molly would eat everything in site and meow for more!

If your cat eats like a bird but otherwise  appears healthy, is drinking, urinating and pooping normally, I wouldn’t worry. Each cat’s system is different. I would mention it to your Vet when your cat goes for a checkup.

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