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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

May Edition—From A Cat’s Perspective™

HIYA! SAVANNAH HERE!!

We are baaaacccckkk! I am here in Studio 1 &1/2 NYC with my stunning co-host Cathy Keisha, aka CK. And we are here to talk about breaking news over the international issue of free feeding cats. Because we are a bi-coastal TV News Network, with international affiliates, we will be addressing this important topic from multiple food source feeding experiences.

Studio 1 & 1/2

*CK nudges Savvy*
Savvy: “CK, what do you want?”

CK: “This is about FREE FOOD, not free feeding or whatever.”

Savvy: “CK, we talked about this earlier and I know free food is important to a former ghetto cat like you, but this isn’t the time or place to get into that, OK?”

CK: “Oh right, we did talk about this in the green room before the show. Go on; get on with your report.”

Savvy: *moving on* “So, back to the chat about the pro’s and con’s of “free feeding” cats. Speaking from an indoor cat’s perspective without any other fur family members, I would say that free feeding is possible.”

CK: *nudges Savvy—whispers in her ear—”you are not an only cat, remember?”

Savvy: *shocked* “You’re right CK, I am not. Bummer!”

Okey dokey, moving ahead. As long as the canned food and/or raw food the cats eat is only left down for no more than about an hour, safe to say the noms are gonna be OK. Cats know when wet food has been left to the elements for too long and usually will not nom on old, dried wet food.

Now free feeding kibble is another topic cuz that doesn’t really spoil, na’ mean? But it can become like “kitty cat chocolate, ice cream and pasta” meaning “carbs” which just like with humans, pushes any cat into over eating and unnecessary calorie intake.

Feeding cats for a weekend get away

Feeding cats for a weekend get away

And if you have a cat like The Kid Sage—aka TKS—you know they will never lift their head from that kibble bowl until the last kibble is inhaled. And there ya have it, one obese cat in the making.

Sadly, many humans believe that we cats are “low maintenance” companion animals and therefore they can take off for several days and just leave a mound of kibble and big bowl of H2O and we will be just fine. NOT SO! What if that water bowl gets knocked over during play time? What if the ants invade our over flowing kibble bowl? Not a pretty pic at all.

Free feeding cats needs to be carefully considered, especially when there are more than ONE cat in the household. Just sayin’—

Now let’s talk about free feeding community cats. My BFGF Cathy Keisha asked me two questions.

First question—“What if TW sees a kitteh standing on a corner holding out its paws with a sign saying “I’ll mouse for food?” Should TW donate or turn and walk away?

Just take me home with you and I will clean up your mousies

Just take me home with you and I will clean up your mousies

Great question CK, let me just say a couple of words. First, don’t leave food out for any community cat for longer than about thirty minutes or an hour at most. The humans who do not appreciate free feeding community cats are right to question the debris some community cat feeders leave behind.

Second question— “What the heck happens to their leftovers? She tries to come back and throw away the empty cans but can she do more? Do the cats get “cat baggies to go?”

No community cat gets a "take away" bag

No community cat gets a “take away” bag

Another fantabulous question CK. No, the community cats DON’T get a “Kitty bag to go”. But all the other wildlife in the area do and so do the ants, and other insects like flies, etc. Most anti-community cat feeding protesters have a real perspective. Many “free feeders” meaning those who are not part of a community cat rescue, aren’t doing those cats any favors by just dumping food and leaving it. The neighborhood doesn’t want the trashy look left behind.

That’s my wrap for our May 2016 edition of From A Cat’s Perspective™.

I invite all readers to hop over to my Face Book page and to CK’s Face Book page to continue this discussion in our “virtual green room”.

PAW PATS, SAVANNAH

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23 thoughts on “May Edition—From A Cat’s Perspective™

  1. Now here’s a question… How ’bout when a particular neighbour kitty who happens to be kinda nosy comes into your house and rips open a bag of the kibble that was previously unopened? Does this bag become a free-feeding buffet table for all? Inquiring minds wanna know. Purrs, Seville.

  2. We do have free feed kibble here but weight has never been an issue. Ellie and Allie are each 5lbs (Ellie is just under 5lb) and Raz is a muscular 11lbs. We do get stinky goodness….one can split three ways and we inhale it so it’s never down for long.

    The Florida Furkids

  3. meowmeowmans on said:

    There are some feral colonies here, and they definitely know when the caretakers are coming with the food. And they make a ruckus if said caretakers are late! 🙂

  4. pilch92 on said:

    Sammy and Joanie sound like TKS and will eat anything is sight so no free feeding here. Those poor ferals, I wish they could all have a home.

  5. We have always been free feeders here, but Dusty doesn’t eat dried so the dried that is left down doesn’t affect him. Dot is the only one who OD’s a bit! BUT and its a big but, we, unlike many USA cats, are indoor/Outdoor so we burn off a lot of energy and don’t pack a lot of overweight.

  6. We put out food for our ferals pretty much on a regular schedule and the sure know if we’re late!

  7. We both free feed and do fine. Mom has had only had one kitty that couldn’t be free fed and he was a huge piggy and worse yet had heart issues so didn’t need any extra weight issues to add stress to his heart!

  8. No free feeding for us…RATS!

  9. Free feeding? That’s Allie’s DREAM. Alas, she just has to LOOK at a calorie and gains.

  10. S & S and CK two…….we free feed heer… tho de term used in de land oh trout iz grazin…….

    we haz grazed sinz like de beginnin oh time it self…de food servizz gurl haza total lee never de same werk schedule & her haz sum other stuff goin on rite now…. that mite make her get in like waaaaaaaaaaaaay late….

    sew..4 bowlz oh water & two grazin bowlz iz out all de time for me ~~~~~~~~~ tuna of moon ♥♥♥ 🙂

  11. Savvy and CK, what a great post. I do not free feed our cats, although it sure would be easier at times.

  12. It’s a dilemma whether to leave food out for a colony or not – especially when the ferals don’t show up when the person feeding them arrives. But maybe the cats learn over time if the person sticks to the same schedule for feeding. You certainly don’t want to alienate the human neighbors by making a mess and attracting other critters. Thank you to all the people who are caring for feral cats!

  13. Whoa! I WISH TW left a heaping bowl of kibble for me but she only dishes out about 10 pieces at a time. For the inner city, we have all kinds of animals here: raccoons, skunks and even DEER! They go into our garage and feed on the kitty’s food but TW ain’t responsible for that. She never feeds in the garage. Great article but controlled feeding almost killed me. We never talked about how shelters free feed their cats and some do.

  14. This is an excellent post and some very good information. Controlled feeding is the best way to go for sure. Thanks for posting this, hope lots of people read it. Hugs

  15. hannahandlucy on said:

    There aren’t any feral cats near here but there is a cat sanctuary a few miles away and Mum takes all the flavours we don’t like there to help with their expenses.

  16. that was a very important thing you talked about… specially in summer the idea food-donation can backfire… and leftovers attract a lot of not so nice guests, the cat lady of my grannys village even saw wild hogs at the feeding station once (she lives close to a forest)… and sadly that was a reason for the anti-feline people there to prohibit the support of the ferals:O(((

  17. You two have pawesome information! We don’t believe in free-feeding either. Ashton is on a d-i-e-t already, and we can’t imagine how much she would weigh if she had food out all the time. Some cats don’t have an “off” switch. Meals are best!

  18. Tricky situation. So many people want to help, but just don’t know how to do it right.

  19. We have visiting cats at our house – they come and go and Mom keeps an eye out for them – if they show up, they get food but when they walk off, the food is removed. Otherwise we’d be up to our eyeballs in ants, and other critters.

    Hugs, Sammy

  20. I agree, free feeding is not a good idea, for home kitties OR ferals! We are strictly portion controlled here and we eat our meals in 10 minutes or less… mainly because there’s not really that much food! But it must be the exact amount we need because we don’t gain or lose weight.

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