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Old 06-01-2012, 06:59 AM
 
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Im coming for a little advice. We are having some feeding issues. She is 11 weeks, and while small meals often is the best direction- i am desperately trying to get her on a better feeding schedule. you will read why.

Important point/background:
We have a food monger dog. He is small and a rescue who honestly thinks he is starving to death every second of his life. Therefore, i had to build a special stand for the kitten- out of reach of the pooch. It works well, but when she is done eating, if the bowl is not removed, he stands and cries underneath the stand wanting food.

This is how the days go:

9pm: Snack before bed
9:30: Playtime
10:15: bedtime.
3:00AM:Kitten walks over to our bed and starts licking me- then escalates to screaming (siamese love to talk- and i love her talking, except at 3am!)
I will often get up and feed her. But i have to stand there, and wait for her to finish, because underneath is the dog- waiting, and crying to food.
4:30AM: She starts licking and crying again- More food. Again, standing and waiting for her to finish.
5:30AM: Hubby awakes, she begs for food and he feeds her. She doesnt eat much, just a bit or two.
5:45AM: She comes back into bed and licks and begs me for food. She eats two bites again. Often i try to go back to sleep (I dont have to wake till 7:30am).
6:45AM: She AGAIN, licks and meows running to her stad for more food. I feed her, and she eats a whole meal.
12:00: Lunch.
3:00PM: Snack
6pm: Dinner

However, in our household, the animals are on a very specific raw diet. On certain occasions they get EVO kibble. I tried leaving out the kibble during the night- didnt fly with the dog.

I did notice, that a friend suggested that I try a low grade kibble (less meat- less odor) to leave out. I got a sample of 'Special Kitty'- a walmart brand. Turns out, if i leave a few pieces on the stand, the dog doesnt care as much, and the cat likes it. But it is junk.

Suggestions?
Do I leave out a less odor kibble so she can graze? Is there another brand that dogs dont seem to care for as much that might be healthier?

Should i be getting up to feed her? or should i ignore her? (she is siamese- relentless almost crazy- licking me like a Popsicle and meowing as she purs making her sound funny)
Help.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:38 AM
 
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Looking at the timing of this, she asks for food a lot more often while you're sleeping so I'm guessing it's wanting attention more than hunger. Hard as it is, I'd try to ignore her. At most, a quick scratch between the ears and "Go to sleep".
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Is there a place in the house where the kitten can have her 'apartment' at night where you can close the door and free feed her a high quality kibble? Our little Siamese girl spends her nights in the laundry room so the she (and us) can get a good night's sleep. We just make sure to give her a good play session before she goes in her apartment (about 180 square feet) and when we let her out in the morning, and it works well for us.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:27 AM
 
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Is there a place in the house where the kitten can have her 'apartment' at night where you can close the door and free feed her a high quality kibble? Our little Siamese girl spends her nights in the laundry room so the she (and us) can get a good night's sleep. We just make sure to give her a good play session before she goes in her apartment (about 180 square feet) and when we let her out in the morning, and it works well for us.
Unfortunately, we live in a contemporary loft style condo, so there is nothing like that. Anyway, the dog has separation anxiety from me, and the kitten refuses to be separated from the dog. They even clean each other after eat, cuddle at night, etc.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Awwwww. Any pictures of this?
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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Here they are sleeping:
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:36 AM
 
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Here is video of them playing, not sure how to post a video:

Mishka, playing with Remy on clean laundry - YouTube
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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Here is another one:

Dog vs Cat, Cat learns to fly - YouTube
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Old 06-01-2012, 01:35 PM
 
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OMG - what a pair!
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Old 06-01-2012, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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Adorable! And I love "pointed" kittens.
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