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Why does my cat sneeze?

Your cat is sneezing for the same reasons that you sneeze.  Like humans cats sometimes need to have a good sneeze.  There may be something tickling your cats nostrils or something blocking your cats airways.  Your cats sneezing may also be the result of an allergic reaction to something.  Cats can be allergic to their food.  You may want to change your cats food if they display any other symptoms such as  watery eyes, runny nose, coughing etc.  We also suggest stocking up on the tissue, preferably something soft and gentle on little cat noses.

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Why does my cat open containers?

Your cat is obviously starving!  Just kidding.

This trick or learned behavior by your cat shows how persistent and smart these felines can be.  Cats are preoccupied almost exclusively with food.  Cats by nature are predatory, they are driven to find food sources.  This need is all consuming.   A cat will not let something as trivial as a lid get between itself and food.  The only cat proof way to keep your cat from opening a container is to put it under lock and key.

Disclaimer: As of this time cats do not know how to use keys…this may change in the future.

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Why does my cat like birds?

Your cat does not realize that it is a cat.  After years and years of domestication your cat has forgotten that it is a predator.  A cat no longer has to rely on its hunting and stealth abilities to acquire food, now they just wait for the sound of a can opener or the click of an automatic feeder.  When a cat comes across a cute little bird it sees a new friend and not a yummy snack.

Disclaimer: We do not approve of cat on bird violence, so we suggest keeping your animals separated just in case your cat is lower on the evolutionary ladder.


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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 hate his food?

Cats can be picky about food, just like humans. To make matters worse, cats generally eat the same food every day with little variety. Therefore, it is important to find a food that your cat enjoys. More importantly, you should find a food that is healthy for your cat.

Do you ever find your cat’s toys in his food bowl? Read the Why does my cat put his toys in the food bowl? article for more information.

How do I know if my cat likes his food?
This one is easy — if your cat is eating his food, he probably likes it. However, sometimes (like humans) cats can get tired of a particular food. If your cat stops eating a food that he previously enjoyed, this could mean that he is ready for a change. Unfortunately, this can also mean that your cat is sick and not feeling well. You can take your cat to a veterinarian for a checkup if he stops eating his food.

How do I know if my cats food is a healthy food?

There are many opinions about which foods are healthy and which ones are not. Your cats may really like the taste of certain foods even though the food is not healthy for them. This is exactly the same reason why humans like fast food. Fast food tastes good, but it is not necessarily the healthiest choice, and we would definitely not want to eat it every day.

There are many brands of cat food available on the market these days. Choosing a cat food can be very difficult. Price does not always indicate the level of quality. If you are paying alot of money for your cat’s food, it is not necessarily the healthiest choice. It is important to understand what you are feeding to your cat! A healthy cat is a happy cat!

How to choose food for your cat?

When choosing food for your cat, think about what characteristics make human food healthy, such as fibre, low processing, protein, less fillers, etc. Perhaps the largest problem with pet food on the market today is the amount of filler in the food. The amount of grain products (especially corn) that is used in pet food has quickly risen to the point that it is often listed as one of the top two or three ingredients. Below is some common ingredients in cat food (both healthy and not healthy). We’ll let you be the judge for now.

What ingredients are contained in pet food?

  • Animal digest: This generally refers to the dry by-product of rendered meat. When meat is rendering, the usable animal parts (including fetal tissues and glandular wastes — gross!) are heated until the liquid is separated from the dry meal. This meal is then covered with charcoal and labeled “unfit for human consumption” before processing it into pet food.
  • Animal fat: Animal fat is a generic fat source that is usually made up of rendered animal fat, and oils that are unfit for human consumption (such as disposed restaurant grease). Tallow is also included in this category. Tallow is low quality hard white fat that most animals have difficulty digesting.
  • Chemical preservatives: Chemical preservatives include BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used in automotive antifreeze and is suspected of causing red blood cell damage) and ethoxquin (suspected of causing cancer), are all potentially cancer causing agents that your pets are eating every day.
  • Chicken by-products: These are ground parts from poultry carcasses such as feet, heads, feathers, intestines, necks and undeveloped eggs and can included any rendered material.
  • Corn products: Corn products including corn meal, gluten and grits are cheap, allergy causing fillers and are very difficult for animals to digest.
  • Food fragments: Lower end by-products of the food manufacturing process, examples include wheat bran and brewers rice which are a waste product of the alcohol industry.
  • Ground whole grain sorghum: The feed value of grain sorghum is similar to corn and is grown primarily as a feed grain for livestock.
  • Meat and bone meal: Meat and bone meal (also known as beef and bone meal) are inexpensive sources of animal protein. Protein is generally good. However, the protein in a cat food containing a large amount of bone is generally not easily digestible. It fails to provide nutritional benefits for your cat.
  • Meat based: Some cat food labels may say ‘meat based’, which often includes blood vessels, tendons, organs and other parts of the rendered animal.
  • Meat by-products: Pet grade meat by-products generally means by-products that are not fit for human consumption. This can include organs, bones, blood, and fatty tissue. Sometimes, unfortunately, it can even include brains, feet, heads, intestines and any other internal parts. Even worse, meat by-products can also contain cancerous or diseased tissue containing parasites.
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Why does my cat put toys in the food bowl?

Your cat goes to the food bowl often and will never forget the location of the food bowl.

It is possible that your cat is putting toys in the food bowl so they can be easily located later on. Cats love their toys and like to keep their toys where it is easy to account for them.

It is also possible that you cat simply carries toys around the home, and then drops in the food bowl prior to eating. After eating, your cat may or may not want to carry the toy around — hence, toys left in the food bowl!

Another possibility is that your cat may think the toys are prey.  Cats may think that their toys (such as fake mice) are prey. Therefore, they are simply putting their hunted food into the food bowl with the rest of the food!

Your cat may be putting his toys in his food dish as a game. This is even more probable if you constantly remove his toys from the bowl. He has trained you to play this game with him. Does your cat play in boxes? Read the Why does my cat like boxes? article for more information.

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