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Paz, our 6 wk old kitten, has decided that ppl food is fair game. The little guy makes a bee-line for whoever has food. This cat is so fast you barely have time to move your plate before he's on it. The other morning he was IN my cereal bowl before I could move it. Paws over the edge and mouth plopped in it. He was an unhappy camper when I moved him.<br><br>
The next day he tore the foil wrapper for my breakfast taco (I barely moved that before he attacked the foil)! Again w/ the cereal bowl the next day!<br><br>
He's also been seen inside a cheetos bag.<br><br>
Today the kids were watching cartoons in their room so dh served them waffles in there and shut their door so the cats wouldn't bother them. Paz sat outside their door meowing louder than any siamese I've ever known! (He's just a plain black kitten. Nothing breed-specific about him.) He was downright obnoxious!<br><br>
He BIT dd's hands and face today trying to get the bacon she was eating. He didn't break skin, thankfully, but he's QUITE bold and frankly I'm a little annoyed. It's bad enough that dd is so short the dog steals her food, but now the kitten joins in??<br><br>
We've tried to remember putting him in the bathroom (with his food/litter) when we eat, but sometimes the kids are just having a snack and we don't think of it.<br><br>
I had a BLT this afternoon and when I was done the goober cat climbed UP MY CHEST sniffing my mouth to look for the bacon. He's got a nose like a blood hound. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
It's kind of funny, actually, but I really don't want the pets to have ppl food. I don't think it's good for them. I've been told that milk gives them diarrhea and I really don't want to test that theory! But if anyone has more info, please let me know.<br><br>
DD, I'm sure, will thank you if it prevents her from getting bitten again.
 

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Putting cats in the bathroom during meals doesn't really teach them not to mess with food or not to climb up on tables.<br>
I'd use a spray bottle and last her with water when she goes for the food, every time. Redirect her to her food dish. You'll have to be vigilant about it, and will probably have to eat your meals at the table until the kitten gets the message that people food is off limits.<br><br>
I can't stand animals that beg/steal food!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Putting cats in the bathroom during meals doesn't really teach them not to mess with food or not to climb up on tables.<br>
I'd use a spray bottle and last her with water when she goes for the food, every time. Redirect her to her food dish. You'll have to be vigilant about it, and will probably have to eat your meals at the table until the kitten gets the message that people food is off limits.<br><br>
I can't stand animals that beg/steal food!</div>
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If we had a table we *would* be eating at it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> But, alas, in a moment of my "oh, let's rearrange everything!" we got rid of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> We're working on getting barstools, but we have to budget for it, of course.<br><br>
I'll get some water bottles to spray him with.
 

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Paz sounds *exactly* like my Bug-Boy. As a kitten he was fearless and bold in his quest to become a fat-fat-kitty. As a 15lb adult he would still rather be a fatty, but I'm trying hard to keep him to a healthy weight. Water didn't work for him, as he was sort of fond of it, but what DID work was a tap or gentle flick on the nose and a stern, loud, deep voiced "NO!" Now all I have to do is snap my fingers and say no and he backs right off. He knows that that means he's being a naughty monkey and its time to back off. He still makes the occasioanly attempt to get people food but now its more of a sit and look pathetic thing than a grab food off your fork thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I would do the spray bottle too. When we had a litter of kittens last year there was a stage when they were growing fast that they did the same thing. One of them climbed right in my dd's cereal bowl one day. A couple of days with a little spray gun and no more problems.<br><br>
We did have an old cat who died last year at 18. He liked to be at the table when we ate but sat on his own stool and was very polite. DIdn;t eat with us but liked to be there. Of course he was getting so old that we did spoil him a bit and give him the odd tidbit but we figured that he had been good for so many yeats that he deserved a little indulgence in his old age.
 

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It sounds to me as if the cat is hungry. He's awfully young to be away from his mama, actually. I thought 8 weeks was the minimum to adopt a kitten? We actually found a feral kitten once that was 7 weeks old (according to our vet) and he was still too young. It makes me wonder if the kitten still expects to be "hand fed" because he sees his family of humans as his "mommy".<br><br>
I thought I'd point out that cats don't like to eat where they go to the bathroom, so you might want to try moving the cat's food elsewhere. When we had some problems with our cats peeing in corners of the garage, we actually put food bowls there and the problem went away.<br><br>
I think the water bottle idea is a pretty good one, too. You could also try giving the kitten a little treat right when you are about to sit down and eat a meal, something like a teeny bit of wet kitten food mixed in with his kitten crunchy food. Hopefully that will be enticing enough to keep the kitten away from your food.<br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I had a kitten once who liked to eat our food. She outgrew it....I don't recall ever doing anything drastic to discourage her, other than constantly removing her from our laps.<br><br>
The only "people food" that cats <b>should</b> eat are plain meats and organ meats. However, I've had more than one cat who loved cream, milk, ice cream and yogurt, and nothing bad ever happened to their intestines. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
One of my kitties loves anything vanilla flavored, whether it's ice cream or marshmallows. She rarely gets any, though. She also likes pork/ham/bacon an awful lot.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Wet food is actually better for cats (assuming that it's quality food). How about giving kitty a wet meal when you're about to eat a meal, and saving crunchies for treats? I agree that the kitten sounds hungry. Kittens can (and should) consume a ton of food.
 

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River, Paz was a feral kitten, found at five weeks old (he's actually seven weeks). I have one of his sibs and I don't have this problem, lol. Smudge rarely, if ever, gets people food (the occasional piece of chicken breast).
 

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Thanks for all the help, you guys. I'll switch to wet food and we'll see if that helps. I also need to pick up a baby gate to put in front of my bedroom door so the cats can get over it but the dog can not. I suspect she eats their food more often than I realize. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: When I see it, I stop her and I make sure they have a full dish.<br><br>
I suspect it's a combination of not enough food for him (our other cat doesn't have this problem) and he's just darned insistent on eating what we have! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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