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Why does my 6-month-old kitten beg for human food every time I eat anything?


Awwww, adorable! But, this is a behaviour that we have created. The first few times our furry friends ask, we give in and share, or we may even offer them something to see if they like it. Cats are s.m.a.r.t. and realize that they don’t need to do a lot, other than look cute and ask (and ask, and ask) to get these tasty morsels. We have reinforced the behaviour that we now find annoying. As cute as it is/was, most of the time it is best to have an intervention. No more table food. If you do still want to share some of your animal protein (meat, poultry, fish, cheese) with them, give it to them when you are NOT eating. It takes some willpower. Why stop this? Beyond disruptive, because cats are so small, even a few tablespoons of milk or a 1 cm cube of cheese can a) result in too many calories, and b) cause a nutritional imbalance. As a guideline, treats should not make up more than 10% of our cats’ daily caloric needs. Also, the ways we prepare our food can cause problems for cats – using ingredients that are toxic to cats.

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