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Old 01-17-2010, 06:47 PM   #1
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How long does this fascination last? Every time I want to cook, I have to keep a close eye on the catfood as well as anything that is hot and dangerous. I know some people put their catfood up high, but our cat is not very agile at this point, so that isn't really an option for us. To this point, I don't think she has eaten any, but she is very interested!

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Old 01-17-2010, 07:01 PM   #2
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my DD had a "fascination" with the dog food at my mom's house, but the dog only gets fed twice a day so it's not always sitting around... and we (well mostly my dad) taught her to leave it alone... helped her to actually learn how to feed the dog too, so my dad will get the dish of food ready and DD gets to put it down on the floor for the dog.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:33 PM   #3
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Cat can eat when ypu put it down. For now, it does not need to 'free feed' and WILL tell you when it's hungry. Put it down when you eat, otherwise no food on the floor.
It's like having a bowl of cookies/crackers on the floor for your daughter.
Our son is nearly 2 and he still puts it in the water if I haven't put it away, right away after supper.
Feeding the animals at meal time only got rid of the fascination because it wasn't there to play with anymore.
Cat box is in laundry room downstairs and her food is on the stairs, on the other side of the basement door. We put a small cat door in the basement door so the kids would leave it alone.
Out of sight, out of mind. Feed the cat at supper time.
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I have no suggestions, but if it makes you feel better.... I walked in on my 1yo sitting with the dog food bowl in her lap. She would eat 1 piece and then gingerly place the next piece in the dog's mouth. Then she would eat another piece... and so on. She loves the stuff. Now we only leave the dog food down at night. Hope you figure something out!
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Eh. My 2 1/2 year old has eaten her share of cat food in her lifetime. It's not going to hurt her and it's not like she's eating cups and cups at a time.

To add... she must not think it tastes all that great, b/c one day, she kept putting pieces of her grilled cheese sandwich in their bowl and telling me that they (the cats) needed a "yummy lunch."

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My son says "YUMMMMMM" every time he spots the dog food. He never gets that excited about eating human food.
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Thanks ladies- I don't know why it didn't occur to me to remove the catfood part time- at least while I cook dinner. It is not like the cat wants anything to do with it when my toddler is in the kitchen anyway.
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The dog and cat food is in the laundry behind a baby gate.

All cats free feed. The dogs only get fed once a day.

Haven't had an issue (yet).
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all I can say is at least it is the cat food and not the litter box.. both of mine had a fixation with both food and litter until we had to move the cats outside and to the basement... severe allergies on my part... but in the summer any food on the back porch that is not immedately consumed gets dumped in the water , so i try to time any trips to the porch for awhile after the cats feed ... not luck keeping them out of it otherwise including baby gates 4 yo is getting better about it but really can it taste that good?
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