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Why does my cat like when I program the automatic feeder incorrectly?

auto pet feeder configuration issue

Auto Pet Feeder overflows due to configuration issue

The picture says it all!

My cats enjoy the auto pet feeder.  The feeder works on a timer, allowing you to set up to 8 feedings by configuring the start time and end time of the feeding.  The feeding time will vary depending factors such as the size of the food.  I have found that small food pieces fall out faster than large pieces.  My feedings are approximately 30 seconds each, and I have configured about 4 feedings per day (for 3 cats).  They also get some treats when they are good kitties (which is always!).

The problem that occurred (as seen in the picture) was caused because I started the feeding at 11:00pm, and then configured the feeding to stop 30 seconds later.  Unfortunately (for me), I set the end time for AM, which means the feeder was configured to continue dropping food throughout the night.  The cats loved it (because they didn’t have to clean it).

This feeder is great because it allows you to store many weeks of food (our cats use the medium size feeder).  We do not leave our cats alone for extended periods, but its still nice to have a low maintenance feeder.  If we leave our cats alone for a day or two, we can trust that the feeder will feed our cats, unless the power goes out, of course.

I also previously owned the auto pet waterer.  The cats enjoyed the filtered running water, but the product I received was not built to last.  There is also alot of maintenance required, which involved cleaning the unit every 3 weeks or so.  The motor was a little too noisy for my liking, and would sometimes stop dispensing the water.  I fought with the unit for many months, until one day the water starting overflowing out of the unit.  At this point, I no longer trusted the unit and I disposed of it.  Conceptually it is a great product, but it did not work out for us.

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Why does my cat eat ants?

If a cat sees any type of moving critter (such as an ant), the cat will likely do one of the following things:

  • kill the bug by eating it
  • kill the bug by playing with it

Cats instinctively try to kill most moving creatures that are much smaller than them, and that includes ants.  Sometimes your cat will eat the bug immediately, while other times your cat may swat at the bug numerous times until the bug is no longer moving.  It’s difficult to tell if your cat was trying to kill the ant, or if your cat was playing with the ant and just got a little bit too rough 🙁  It’s the same deal with cats and fighting — you can’t always tell if they are playing or not.

More About Ants

Ants are a type of insect that are much more complicated than most people give them credit. There are about 20,000 different species of ants that can be found around the world.  Ants can live in almost every environment, assuming the ground is not permanently frozen.  Ants live in groups, called colonies, and the members of the colony work together very efficiently.  Pretty neat, eh?  There are a growing number of people gaining an appreciation for ants, and many people even keep them as pets.

For more information about ants, or pet ants, visit AntsCanada.com.   If you decide to start your own colony of ants, you will probably want to keep your cat away from them 🙂

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Why does my cat eat plants?

Your cat is a carnivore, so why is he eating your plants? Plant eating is a normal cat behavior, but almost every pet owner is annoyed by it (myself included).

In the wild, cats probably eat plants as a source of fiber. In most cases, owners must either accept the behavior, remove the plants from the home, or try to redirect the behavior to a different source (such as cat grass).

However, if the plant in your home is poisonous, you must remove the plant from your home or place it in a location where the cannot cannot chew it. If your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, you should take him to see a veterinarian. Toxic plants can cause some serious health issues for your cat!

Is your cat eating his food? If your cat does not like his food, he may be eating your plants as a food source.

Cats biting fake tree

Cats biting fake tree

Why Do Cats Eat Plants?
Cats eat plants because the plant either tastes good, or feels good on their mouth while they are eating it. Some plants, like catnip, also produce a pleasurable effect. Cats don’t know which plants are safe plants and which plants are hazardous plants.

How can I stop my cat from eating plants?
Training your cat to stop eating your plants is very difficult. Most likely, you will end up getting rid of your plants, or choosing safe plants and accepting the ‘chewed up’ appearance of your plant!

However, if you’d like to keep your plants, here’s somethings that you can try:

  • Place your plants in cat-proof places, or places that are difficult for your cat to access
  • Provide your cat with cat grass in order to redirect the issue to an appropriate plant
  • Place mothballs to the plant’s soil
  • Spray the plant a scent or product that will keep your cat away from the plant
  • Attempt to train your cat that he cannot chew the plant (use a water squirter or air horn when your cat bites the plant)

What should I do if my cat eats a plant?

If your cat eats a plant, you should contact your veterinarian.  If your cat has eaten a poisonous plant, your cat needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.  You should also bring the plant with you when you go to see the veterinarian so they can determine the type of plant.  Different plants can affect cats in different ways.  Some plants may simply cause your cat to have an upset stomach and diarrhea, while other plants can be toxic and sometimes fatal to cats.

Are plants poisonous to cats?
Yes, some plants are dangerous for cats to eat. There are different opinions about which plants are safe for cats and which plants are dangerous for cats. Even if a plant is considered safe for your cat, it is possible that your cat can become sick from the plant.

If your cat ate a plant, you should check to make sure the plant he ate is not toxic to cats. If it is, you should speak with your veterinarian quickly!

Below is a list of plans that are considered poisonous to cats (taken from the Cat Fancier’s Association):

Almond (Pits of)
Aloe Vera
Apple (seeds)
Apple Leaf Croton
Apricot (Pits of)
Asparagus Fern
Autumn Crocus
Avacado (fuit and pit)
Baby’s Breath
Bird of Paradise
Black-eyed Susan
Black Locust
Bleeding Heart
Branching Ivy
Buddist Pine
Burning Bush
Cactus, Candelabra
Calla Lily
Castor Bean
Charming Dieffenbachia
Cherry (pits, seeds & wilting leaves)
Cherry, most wild varieties
Cherry, ground
Cherry, Laurel
Chinese Evergreen
Christmas Rose
Corn Plant
Cornstalk Plant
Crocus, Autumn
Crown of Thorns
Cuban Laurel
Cutleaf Philodendron
Deadly Nightshade
Death Camas
Devil’s Ivy
Dracaena Palm
Dragon Tree
Dumb Cane
Easter Lily *
Elephant Ear
Emerald Feather
English Ivy
Fiddle-leaf fig
Florida Beauty
Four O’Clock
Fruit Salad Plant
German Ivy
Giant Dumb Cane
Glacier IvyGolden Chain
Gold Dieffenbachia
Gold Dust Dracaena
Golden Glow
Golden Pothos
Gopher Purge
Hahn’s Self-Branching Ivy
Heartland Philodendron
Hemlock, Poison
Hemlock, Water
Horse Chestnuts
Hurricane Plant
Indian Rubber Plant
Indian Tobacco
Iris Ivy
Jack in the Pulpit
Janet Craig Dracaena
Japanese Show Lily *
Java Beans
Jerusalem Cherry
Jimson Weed
Jungle Trumpets
Lacy Tree Philodendron
Lily Spider
Lily of the Valley
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Marble Queen
Mescal Bean
Mexican Breadfruit
Miniature Croton
Mock Orange
Morning Glory
Mother-in Law’s Tongue
Morning Glory
Mountain Laurel
Needlepoint Ivy
Oriental Lily *
Peace Lily
Peach (pits and wilting leaves)
Pencil Cactus
Plumosa Fern
Poinsettia (low toxicity)
Poison Hemlock
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Precatory Bean
Privet, Common
Red Emerald
Red Princess
Red-Margined Dracaena
Ribbon Plant
Rosemary Pea
Rubber Plant
Saddle Leaf Philodendron
Sago Palm
Satin Pothos
Scotch Broom
Silver Pothos
Skunk Cabbage
Snow on the Mountain
Spotted Dumb Cane
Star of Bethlehem
String of Pearls
Striped Dracaena
Sweetheart Ivy
Swiss Cheese plant
Tansy Mustard
Taro Vine
Tiger Lily *
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves)
Tree Philodendron
Tropic Snow Dieffenbachia
Tung Tree
Virginia Creeper
Water Hemlock
Weeping Fig
Wild Call
Yews — e.g. Japanese Yew
English Yew
Western Yew
American Yew

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Why does my cat fart?

Are you sure it is your cat farting, or is someone blaming your cat? Humans very frequently blame their pets for farting when really it was the human that stunk up the room!

You might be wondering… do cats fart?  Cats do fart! If it was indeed your cat that farted, he probably farted for the same reasons that human beings fart. Your cat most likely is not digesting food properly. This could be influenced by diet as well as the health of the digestive system. Some foods take longer to digest than others and may ferment in the stomach or intestines, causing a build up of gas.

How can I stop my cat from farting?

You probably cannot stop your cat from farting, just like you cannot stop yourself from farting. However, you can probably reduce the frequency that your cat farts, or perhaps reduce the level of stink! You can reduce the amount of gas that your cat needs to pass by feeding a high quality food. You can also restrict milk intake because the lactose in milk can contribute to any digestive problem. If you let your cat outside, your cat may be eating other sources of food such as birds, mice, and bugs. This could be another reason why your cat is farting!

Farting is indeed normal, but why does my cats farts stink so bad?

Cats are carnivores and are generally on a diet rich in protein. Protein-rich diets produce small amounts of intensely stinky gas because proteins contain lots of sulfur. Because there is only a small amount of gas, your cat’s farts are probably silent most of the time. Silent but deadly, of course!

There are a number of possibilities that can explain why cat farts can smell so bad and are so silent but deadly:

  • cats don’t feel embarrassed about farting so they just let it rip (like kids do!)
  • the amount of gas produced is extremely potent, even though it is a small amount
  • the gas is released more slowly when cats fart due to the horizontal orientation of their gastrointestinal system

We all hate when our cats fart, but how do our cats feel when we fart?

Believe it or not, your cat might actually like the smell of your farts (gross!). You may notice that your cat starts sniffing the air after you fart. If your cat runs away after you fart, the noise may have scared him — or, your farts are really really stinky! If your farts are that stinky, you probably should not be complaining about your cats farts!

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