You’re Feeding Your Cat All Wrong!

You’re Feeding Your Cat All Wrong!


I know what cats
want, cats want. Cats want meat. Come on, yo, let’s
get cat-ified. Woo. [MUSIC PLAYING] Let’s talk about free feeding. Come on now, people. To feed all the time or not,
the concept of free feeding. Free feeding means leaving
food out for your cats 24/7. It also means doling
out treats 24/7 as well. I want to break this
down into two places. The first thing is
physical, and the other one is psychologically
slash behaviorally. Free feeding undermines
the work that we try to do. Physically, we are playing into
better health with these guys by not free feeding them. They are built to
eat small meals through the course of a day. I’d say every five to
six hours is optimum. You push it a little
bit, that’s fine. Cats are not grazers by nature. Cats are not built
to just eat whenever. They are built to do what? Hunt, catch, kill, and eat food. Food is available to them after
they do a certain activity. If it’s always there 24/7, it
messes with the raw cat brain. You’re experiencing behavior
problems in your house. You’re asking me to
break it down for you. What’s going on in my house? One of the first places I’ll
tell you to look is food. Think about it if your
cat has litter box issues, peeing or pooping
outside the box. If you control when they eat,
you have a fighting chance to figure out when they’re
going to go to the litter box and then helping them
get to the litter box. So there’s that as well. You got to remember, folks, cats
are not programmed like dogs. Cats do not give a
rip about pleasing us. So if a cat doesn’t
care about pleasing us, we have to start
addressing something they do want in order
to get what we want. Yes. Living with cats is
embracing compromise. There are so many things
that we can accomplish, but only if we’re feeding meals. We can achieve
incredible things. Your homework, should
you choose to accept it, get your cats off the
free feeding bandwagon. Put them on the
meal time bandwagon because I got to
tell you, if you’ve got any other
questions– Jackson, I’ve got a cat
who dot, dot, dot. I want to get my cat
to dot, dot, dot. It starts with that. I want to see your comments. I want to see you
guys subscribe. I want to keep growing
this thing, man. Facebook wise, what are
we, like, half a million strong at this point? And we want to see
pictures, and we want to see videos and
stories about your cats. This is what makes the
cat-ification nation. So people, get on board. Don’t forget. Wednesday, March 26 four o’clock
PM on the west coast, seven o’clock PM on the east
coast and wherever else you are in the world,
live from the cat cave, it is a Google Hangout. I’ll answer your questions. We’ll talk about all
kinds of fun stuff. I’ve got a new
co-host that I can’t wait to introduce to you guys. And it will be fun. Take my word for it. Find out more information by
following this link down here below. Go to my website, YouTube page. You’ll find out more info. Don’t forget, we are also giving
away some fun stuff as well. But you got to be
live to get the prize, and you got to be live
to ask your questions. And you get my drift, right? So I want to see you there. The season premiere
of “My Cat From Hell” on April 26, Saturday. Please set your
sun dials for that. It’ll be a lot of fun. This season we’re in Boston,
Austin, San Diego, LA. Bang, it’s been a
lot of fun, man. And I want to share
that with you guys. So don’t forget. Leave your comments. Leave your questions. And join me on March 26
for live from the cat cave. Until then, folks, for Oliver,
my friend the feral over there, and me, all light, all love. Mmm, mojo to you. Love you, guys. [MUSIC PLAYING]

62 thoughts on “You’re Feeding Your Cat All Wrong!

  1. We feed our cats twice a day. My cat has a habit of getting on the counter whenever food is left out(even if it is just fresh bread that is cooling) and this has been causing problems with me and my roommates. I’m wondering if splitting it up further into three meals a day might help, but it’s something I would have to get my roommates to work with me on, which feels like an impossible feat sometimes.

  2. What schedule is best? Or how to pick one?
    What about the amount?
    I want to adopt a cat so I want to be fully informed 😀

  3. My 5 months old kitten (at the time) had a lot of behavioural issues for the first 40 days or so after adopting him. After I stopped freefeeding him he became much more well-behaved and much easier to train

  4. I cut free feeding and put a small bowl dry food in the morning and give him wet food in the evening. He’s a little fat and super cute. I’m wanting to move him over to a complete raw diet and have started playing with him more. Im about home catification and giving him the best life possible. He’s 4. He’s my dog’s buddy.

  5. My cat has no other issues other than eating plastic. I've free choiced my cat and so has my mom and we never had behavioral issues.

  6. My cat was free fed but with me she isn’t free fed, but she is having difficulty transitioning and will steal the dog food(the dog gets regular meals but sometimes prefers grazing ). Any tips for transitioning to scheduled feeding from free feeding?

  7. We found an abandon 4 week old kitten. She is now 6 weeks old and eating wet food mixed with dry food. Now all of a sudden she has become food aggressive. I can barely get the food on her plate without her jumping on her food, growing, and swatting. HELP! How do I change her behavior???

  8. Anybody see videos from Jackson about making mealtime satisfying? My former street cat is a beggar and behaves like he is frantic and desperate around food. He has reached his goal weight, if I keep giving him extra nibbles he'll get fat.

  9. Is it harmful to free feed my cats only the amount they should have in a day? I’ve done that since I was a kid and I never really thought about it too much.

  10. I free feed, but it actually works out somehow. They hunt the birbs at the birdfeeder, then eat. I do canned food in the morning, and free feed hard food and treats. They are both healthy weights. I do this because I am almost totally bed ridden and it's about all I can manage. My mom does the same thing, and two of her babies are getting dangerously overweight. It clearly isn't a good routine for them.

  11. Feeding cats every five to six hours is a great idea…unless you happen to live alone and work long hours. I'm frequently gone for 10 straight hours and I'm not going to leave 8 cats home alone with no dry food out.

  12. I have a ragdoll cat and I've been spending lots of money on my I have 4 of them the ragdoll cat decided to stop eating because she did he didn't like the food so I spoon feed my cat

  13. My vet says Cats like it when you stick your finger in their bums once in a while, it calms them down. Be sure to use some vasoline so your finger will slide in with no problem. Works on males and females

  14. I have a cat who is a male unneutered and we feed him two 1/2 meals a day and all he does is walk around begging for food he attacks us when we have food he meows all day and meows when he sees us eating. I am so annoyed with his behavior. 😒 How does one disipline a cat or train them?

  15. Hi Thank You for these great tips…. My Cat Mr Wonderful is 9 years old , what do you suggest for helping him get off the free feeding he is on ??? Thank You & Hava CatterRiffic Day!!!

  16. Hi There Mr Galaxy ….. Do you have a video on how to make economically friendly winter houses for cat??? The stays I have really tamed and they really like our closed in deck and last year we also cut holes in styrofoam coolers but is there something better ??? I told my boyfriend the styrofoam coolers should also be inside rubbermaid tubs with lids with a cut out for easy in / out accessibility with straw and or hay …. any other suggestions???

  17. I have an F2 Savannah. I just moved to free feeding kibble because of her aggressive behavior towards being fed. She used to wake me up at 6am every morning by meowing and forcing me to wake up by walking hard on my ribcage while I slept. She was up to two cans of food a day and she would possess about food, demanding to get my attention. She would act out by doing irritating things like walking on my computer when i'm on it or stepping on my tv remote to turn it on or off (or even soar the volume) to demand my attention to get me to feed her. Now that I use a kibble – free feeder, she no longer panics to be fed. I really think it depends on the cat, and as far as my cat, she is much happier now. i do clearly get that personally feeding your cat develops a close bond and that being a part of the feeding process develops an unconditional love between you and your family member but if you pay attention to the bond you have together, you can easily figure out if free feeding is right for your cat. That love shouldn't change by you limiting the role you play in feeding your cat. Ive seen many of my friends cats seem to only want to interact with their owners when they're hungry. Thats the key, to develop a strong relationship with your cat outside of just the feeding process.

    Point #2 is that because of the wildness inbred into my cat she burns a ton energy throughout the day. Obesity is a non-issue. If you have a lazy cat that over sleeps, free-feeding is not an option due to health.

  18. ok Jackson I've been thinking about stop free feeding my cat but idk if he can manage, he's 11 years old. i work most of the day and the last time we left a little for him to eat, when it was finish got home fed him and he gulped down the food and then threw it back up undigested. If i start I'm afraid i have to constantly clean up after him. So what do I do?

  19. A very important aspect to all this thats being ignored here is whether you are in a multiple animal home. If there are other animals in the home your cat will tend to over eat because they are paranoid that they'll miss out to another pet. My cat happens to be my only pet, therefore free-feeding seems to work perfectly. She nibbles when she gets a bit hungry and she doesn't stress over food anymore like before. She used to force me to feed her with meows and bad behavior.

  20. I have 2 cats. Both male, brothers. One (Jasper) seems perfectly fine with free feeding. Perfectly accepting to being an inside cat. But my other cat, Max, is needing more. He is now wanting to go outside we keep stopping him. His behavior shows me that he needs to be satisfied with more as an indoor cat. So please suggest tips on how to start feeding him, how to make it seem like a hunt for him. Im building him a cat tower to give him the climbing fun he needs. I thought that maybe I'll put his food at the top sometimes.. Im taking small steps to make his life more acceptable. He had access to windows to see outside. Im just needing to know the way to feed him, to satisfy his wild side.

  21. The amount of "I do this and i have none of the consequences" and "wow, guess im lucky my cat dosent do this wooooow!".

    You are all full of shit and you know it. There is no way your just got here asses are rewiring hundreds of years of evolutionary growth and food associations for the cat species.

    CATS-ARE-NOT-GRAZERS. PERIOD. Stop thinking your cat thinks along human means. Im currently living with a cat that's eating itself to death daily because her parents think they are the best cat owners ever. Cat intervene because shes not mine and its it's horrible to watch her waddle halfway down the halfway and stop because she's so damn fat.

    Put your damn pride aside and listen to the man, most folks PAY for his insight and time. You chuckle heads are getting prime tips for free and all you can do is stroke your own egos in the comments section? What about your cat though?

  22. Started feeding my boy 4 times a day and he’s mood has changed sooo much! He’s relaxed, much more sociable and follows rules better . He’s always been super cuddly but now he’s even sweeter 🙌🏻

  23. I've been free feeding both of mine for years

    They only eat every like, find hours

    They don't just gorge themselves in it

  24. I leave a bowl of dry food out all day and feed my cat wet food 3 times a day at about 5 hours apart. the dry food is good for her dental hygene but she gets the main nutrition, water and food source from the wet food. i also made sure to find high quality dry food without grain or berries or fruit with a high meat percentage. you'd be surprised how hard it is to find good quality dry food in germany, it honestly makes me really angry how companies are allowed to get away with it and charge an extreme amount of money for low quality food

  25. Tarzan is 10, Jane is 9 and Cleo is 8 years old. All have been free fed their entire life without issue. Then a few months ago I switched to scheduled feeding. That lasted a few weeks until I got sick of Jane coming in my bedroom at 3 am and meowing her head off because she wanted to be fed. All cats get along well, are the proper weight and have marvelous personalities.

  26. Love you Jackson!! I give my kitten timed feeding since we adopted her from the SPCA. However she’s always hungry. We also have two small dogs and she’s always getting into their food. I don’t know what’s going on.

  27. So Jackson after I feed him do I take whatever he does not eat and put it a side til next time he eats the only thing is he only eats wet food from a bady that's how I got him at 3 months he is 8 now but I got him because they said he wouldn't eat but all it was that he didn't want dry food but as soon as I gave him wet food it was all good but I leave his food out all the time I go through 47cans of food in 3weeks a lot is wasted as it get dry and he won,t eat it so now I know for 8 years l,ve been doing it wrong my bad and he is the best cat he will sleep in the middle of my back he just makes me feel so loved l,m on girls friends I pad so just as you know I'm a cat guy

  28. I stopped free feeding my two cats and with in three weeks the pooing outside the box stopped. Also they have to work hard for thier treats

  29. It also mean mice are happy and other creatures… people like to get pets and not knowing much about them at all … drives me crazy

  30. this isn't very convenient for those of us with 9-6 jobs or are not at home the whole day. also I have 6 cats so feeding them small meals would be quite the hassle because some cats would gobble up the food belonging to other cats hmm

  31. I have 4 cats (2 older female, 2 male kittens) and the older ones dont get along with any other cat.

    Free feeding went well for years, until we got the cranky solitaire cat. She is turning our living room into a warzone since the kittens arrived.

  32. So I have a 3 month old kitten, he meows a lot at night. How long should I wait in between meals for him? I know I should feed him 3 times a day.

  33. My mom free feeds her cat and she eats it like her life depends on it, she can also get aggressive and is very irritable. i recently got a kitten would it be a good idea to feed it live mice (the really tiny ones)

  34. My cat has meal time & he usually bites me hard in the morning exactly at the time I’m supposed to feed him. Is that behavior normal?

  35. I'm the kind of person who needs to eat specific quantities of at specific times, can I do the same for my cat? And if I can, how much wet /dry food should I give my little devil?

  36. Thank goodness I have a feeding schedule for my cats. They do beg for human food from time to time and I'll give them small treats as long as they work for it since they need the exercise. I'm happy cat mom.

  37. Hey Jackson. My cats are on free feeding. How do we start non free feeding them? Me and my gf usually leave for work mon to fri. So if we dont free feed them, theyll eat morning and evening only. Will that be alright? Thanks!

  38. I have a friend who constantly has food out for her cat and refuses to play with her because she wants her cat to be a cuddly kitten not a playful one who meows for attention….I've tried explaining that that's not really how cats work but it goes one year and out the other….but then shes getting mad at her cat for attacking her feet….I've even offered to get her some cat toys and even play with her cat for her (because I'm crazy about cats) but she keeps refusing because she thinks that just not playing with her will make her suddenly no longer be playful….I'm at a dead end and I'm ready to just take that kitty….I have a cat too but I'm very big on playtime being an everyday thing

  39. I need help with a food aggressive kitten we have tried feeding him at the same time every day and even in separate rooms…. I can’t even put down the can of food before he trying to climb up my leg and trying to steal the can of food help please !

  40. I totall agree with you Jackson. I noticed my cat's behaviour becoming spoil-brattish and I began removing his bowl after every meal. I also switched things around so that he wasnt fed when he demanded it (going into kitchen and meowing constantly) but had to wait until he was called into the kitchen. It worked like a dream. He picked up the discipline very quickly and began to realise that the kitchen was not a place to hang out in, begging for food and that he will only be fed when he abides by the rules. He would even sometimes come into the kitchen early, take one look at my face and turn around and go back inside the living room and wait to be called. Who says cats cant be trained. If they are badly behaved, it's the owners fault and we are doing thrm no favours by allowing them to rule the house. Thanks for the confirmation that scheduled feeding is best.

  41. Austin drags his paw several times across in front of the food dish if he doesn't like the food, telling me he wants to cover it with litter, he ain't eatin that stinkin food!!! we adopted his sister Jasmine, she is now doing that same thing.

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