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April 15, 2023 |6 min read

How to Feed Multiple Cats

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You may understand that feeding cats simultaneously is no simple task when you have a multi-cat household. This is especially true when their dietary needs and tastes differ, which leads some cat owners to wonder “is it better to have two cats or should I have just one?” 

This article will discuss the advantages of feeding two cats individually and tips and tricks to do this successfully. We'll also go over how to manage diverse dietary demands and preferences, as well as frequent issues pet owners have when feeding many cats and how to prevent and address them. By the end of this article, you will better understand how to feed numerous cats to ensure that each cat gets the nutrition they require.

Common Problems When Feeding Multiple Cats

Feeding several cats can be difficult for a cat owner because cats have varied dietary needs, interests, and personalities. The following are some of the most typical issues that a cat owner may encounter when feeding numerous cats.

Food aggressiveness

One of the most prevalent issues pet owners face while feeding several cats is food aggressiveness. This happens when one or more cats become very territorial about their food and may growl, hiss, or even fight another cat that comes too close to them. 


Overeating is another common problem that can lead to obesity and other health problems. To avoid overeating, pet owners should measure each cat's food ahead of time and place it in a separate bowl. 

Picky Eaters

Some cats are fussy eaters, making feeding difficult. Pet owners might serve different types of food or add goodies to their meals to entice picky eaters to eat. Switching to a new kind of cat food gradually can also help them acclimatize to a new diet.

Dietary Needs and Preferences

Cats’ dietary needs and preferences vary according to their age, health, and activity level. Talk to your veterinarian to understand what kinds of food and feeding regimens will satisfy your cat’s demands.

Portion Control

Another excellent approach for feeding several cats is portion control. Pet owners may guarantee that each cat gets the right amount of food and avoid overeating by weighing out each cat's food beforehand. They can also use automatic feeders delivering food at predetermined periods to establish a feeding habit.

Choosing the Right Food and Feeding Schedule

Feeding numerous cats can also be complicated by the type of food and the feeding schedule. Some cats, for example, prefer wet food, while others prefer dry food. Feeding cats at the same time every day can also aid in establishing a routine and preventing overeating.

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Tips & Tricks to Feed Multiple Cats

Feeding multiple cats can be challenging, but it can be done successfully with the right solutions. Here are the top strategies on how to feed two cats separately. 

Feeding Stations

Using multiple feeding stations is one technique to reduce conflict when feeding multiple cats. This means that each has its own feeding station with food and water bowls. The feeding stations should be positioned in different areas to avoid competition and violence. You can also feed the cats at different times of the day. If one cat finishes its meal fast, it may attempt to steal food from the other cat's bowl. Feeding them at separate times and places guarantees that each cat receives adequate food without competition or violence.

Puzzle Feeders

To make mealtime more engaging for cats, turn to puzzle feeders. These feeders come in various shapes and sizes, and most have an interactive element that motivates cats to work for their food. They also help keep numerous cats entertained during mealtime while minimizing overeating or undereating. For example, the ball feeder is a puzzle feeder that requires cats to hit the ball around to release small amounts of food. This bowl type is an excellent alternative for cats prone to overeating because it slows their eating pace and prevents them from devouring their entire food too quickly.

A treat dispenser is another form of puzzle feeder that dispenses a little food when the cat interacts with it in a specific way. Some treat dispensers, for example, require cats to push a button or slide a lever to release the food. This is an excellent approach to engage numerous cats simultaneously because they may take turns engaging with the feeder and receive their reward.

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Feeding multiple cats can be challenging, but it can be done successfully with the right strategies and tools. Separate feeding is essential for the health and well-being of cats. Cats dining together can become violent and possessive, resulting in food battles. If one cat is on a special diet or has specific nutritional needs, ensuring they each receive the proper food and portion size might be challenging when dining with other cats.

In addition to the feeding tactics above, selecting the best cat litter for your home is critical. 


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  2. Hills Pet Nutrition, Proper Feeding Habits for Multiple Cats, Article Refereced From: 
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Christina Scamporrino is a lifelong animal lover and began working in the petcare space in 2019. Christina’s passion for the community of feline owners and enthusiasts have led her to designing premium packaging for PrettyLitter cat litter, PrettyPlease dry food, wet food, and treats, and a litter box designed to solve common litter box issues.

Outside of her professional work in the petcare space, Christina is a longtime kitten foster and has worked with several cat rescues throughout Southern California. When given the option, she favors orange cats, but loves all cats equally.


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