Why Does My Cat Eat Human Food?
Cats Are Curious
They are just curious by nature. Especially kittens! They explore the world with their five senses including taste. Often, they want to know what you are cooking in the kitchen and what you are eating at the dining table. They just have to jump up and see and taste the food. Some cats grow out of this curious stage. Others, though, come to decide that human food taste better than their cat food and they become hooked.
Cats Are Like Human Children
Cats Know When They’re Spoiled
I consider my cats not as mere pets but as part of the family. Some cat parents, however, take this to a higher level by letting their cats join them during mealtimes and eat what the family eats. After all, the family that eats together stays together, right? This can result to the cat becoming spoiled, preferring to eat the more yummy human food over her cat food. In the worst cases, a spoiled cat would even attempt to steal food from their human’s hand. Same thing may happen when you spoil cats by giving them “treats” from what you are eating.
Most Abandoned Cats Got By On Human Food
What Can I Do To Stop My Cat From Eating (or Stealing!) Human Food?
- Do not actively encourage your cat to eat human food. They might get hooked on human food and refuse to eat their cat food anymore and this may result in malnutrition.
- Do not use human food as cat treats.
- Discourage begging by ignoring her.
- Forbid your cat to jump on the kitchen counter or the dining table and thwart any attempt to steal your food, begging or raiding the trash by telling her “No” with a sharp voice. Be consistent when you say “No” because once you give in, even once, your cat knows she has you wrapped in her paws.
- If she keeps returning up the counter or table, keep returning her to the floor also. If she stays on the floor reward her with her food or her cat treat. Positive reinforcement works most of the time.
- Feed her only on her plate and on the floor. Do not give any food on the table.
- If she really insists on jumping up just to take a peek at the table, place her bowl on a chair or stool near the table but never allow her on the table.
- Feed her first before you have your dinner. This way, when she is full she is less likely to bug you at mealtime. Maybe.
- Do not leave any food unattended. Keep lids of trash bins securely closed. It’s not the cat’s fault if you placed temptation with easy access in front of her. Unattended food and uncovered trash are fair game to cats.