Why is My Cat Begging and How Do I Make it Stop?

When you think of a begging pet, 9 times out of 10, the image of a dog comes immediately to mind. Unfortunately, dogs do not have a monopoly on begging behaviors. Cats may have a reputation for being finicky, but that doesn’t mean they are all immune to the art of begging.  While their tactics are just a bit more subtle than those employed by dogs, if you have a begging cat you know that the persistent chorus of meows from across the room can be just as irritating and frustrating as a dog’s begging behaviors.

Here are a few ways to help manage mealtime and stop your cat’s begging behavior altogether.

All Feeding Should Happen ‘In the Bowl’

If you have a begging cat, the last thing you want to do is feed them outside their own food bowl.Offer them food only from their bowl and allow them to eat only the food in their bowl.

The one exception to this rule is cat training activities where reinforcing a positive action or behavior with a treat is a pleasurable experience for your cat.  This type of reward is not associated with begging behavior, but is a positive reinforcement for accomplishing a training goal.

Make Sure Your Cat Is Getting Enough to Eat

Some cats never seem to be satisfied even after they’ve finished emptying their bowl. This is where portion control and special diets come in. Look for diets with high fiber content to help keep your cat fuller, longer. You can also spread out your cat’s meals throughout the day, so he’s eating less more often. Keeping these kinds of diets in mind is especially important for cats that have recently been spayed or neutered because they need significantly less energy.

Talk to Your Vet

If you’re worried about your cat’s health, talk to your veterinarian. They’ll be able to answer in-depth questions about your cat’s diet and why portion control and nutrition are so necessary.

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