Smart Mr Nene!

I have a feeder that feeds the cat automatically. But I think that Nene has figured out how to jump the automated system. Whenever I come back from the weekend away he honestly looks bloated. I think he’s figured out a way to cheat the machine and gets fed more than he should be eating. I’m considering putting a Nene-cam in the Kitchen just to make sure he’s not messing with the feeder. Cats are such creatures of habit. Even if the machine feeds him at 5 in the morning, he still wakes me at 5.30. Then I have to walk with him into the kitchen, point to the feeder and only then will he start eating. I don’t have the energy to get up at 5 every morning to feed him. If anyone has any suggestions on how to un-train him on the ‘let me wake him up so he feeds me routine’ , please let me know!

7 comments


  • Kim W

    My cat has also played this game. After countless broken sleeps I finally decided to treat the cat like a child that needs to change it’s night-habits. Boots would start off sleeping on my bed-all good, then wake me up. So I put Bootie directly into my office, rather than give him what he wants, shut the door. Office is out of hearing range. After several nights, he got it and stopped. Once in awhile he does regress, so we start all over. Overall-pretty successful.

    September 07, 2010
  • That sweet little kitty will eat if he is hungry whether you get up or not! I have a little doggie that had similar habits.
    Have a nice day.
    Teresa

    September 07, 2010
  • mimi

    And he looks so innocent! I have 2 food driven cats who think they should eat every time I enter the kitchen. Good luck as I have no suggestions to offer but please post if you have success.

    September 07, 2010
  • Gretchen

    I agree with Kim. Do you feed him at night? He might be more willing to wait for you to wake up. With my cat I stopped responding to his early morning wakeup call and he eventually gave up and now waits for me.

    September 07, 2010
  • Cindy

    I had a friend whos cat we used to watch when they went on vacation. Same thing. We were instructed to stay in the room with JR when he ate or he would not eat. Too funny. My mon insists that her cats will only eat certain foods in certain places. We have two cats, 1 dog, and 2 children. They all do the same things to annoy each day. The dog attemps to go into the garbage, the cats jump at the back door, even though the other door is open, they will only go out one door and in another, and the children, well they are learning.
    My suggestion is rather than fight cute Nene, sometimes it is ok to give in. She likes you there when she eats. Put the morning food in your bedroom. Don’t keep her food out all of the time. This makes for a finicky kitty, and try feeding her last meal much earlier than usual.
    I feel for you. Our kitty Nikita used to like to pounce on our chests early in the morning.
    Just becuase she wanted to play.
    Good Luck

    September 08, 2010
  • After countless nights of 4am kitty alarm clock, we call it lockdown for Annabelle Wotherspoon Lincoln. We think she secretly enjoys her alone time.

    September 09, 2010
  • Your cat matches that chair perfectly, I love it. Also, Nene looks like he has some Maine Coon in him. They are one of the smartest breeds of cat. I would not be surprised if he has figured out how to get the pet feeder to dispense more food. My cat, Wolfgang, does that by inserting his paw into the chute.

    September 10, 2010

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