My cat can't keep her kibble in her mouth?


My cat seems to be having trouble keeping her food in her mouth when she's eating? Any ideas?
Oct 16, 2014 @ 05:42 pm

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Messy Kitties!

Lol! Some kitties are just messy eaters. I have 2 and one is messier than the other. Guess they're like humans that way. I put their dishes on pet placemats so it's easy to clean up. You can find them at dollar stores or Homesense.
Oct 22, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

hello hun

your furry babys food may be to big for them to eat right now try a smaller kibble
Oct 22, 2014 @ 11:15 pm

Just in case...

Some cats are definitely more messy than others... whether you feed wet or dry foods. One of my kitties always has broken kibble around her bowl, and I do use a placemat. The challenge is to keep cleaning and sweeping it so you don't get ants or bugs.

Just in case it's more than messy eating, mention it to your vet on the next check-up. Some cats develop dental issues with gum disease, loose teeth, or even ulcerated gums which makes eating difficult for them. It never hurts to ask
Oct 23, 2014 @ 10:20 am

Age of cat

How old is your cat? when my cat reached a certain age she started having trouble keeping even small kibble in her mouth so I would soak it over night in a little bit of water
Oct 24, 2014 @ 09:49 pm


Well shes never been a messy eater so thats not it.
Shes 6- so im worried about her teeth. Her kibble was super small but now i got larger kibbles and she seems to be eatting ok. The soaking is an excellent idea.
Oct 25, 2014 @ 01:10 am

fingers crossed

If this is something new and it continues, definitely ask your vet about it. Leaving it might make whatever issue it is worse (and more expensive) down the road.

Glad to hear she's eating the new kibble! Try a couple of types to see if it was only one she was having trouble with. When I'm teaching foster kittens to eat solid food, I take a couple of table spoons of boiling water and add it to the kibble and it will soften in a few minutes, and give I them some canned food as well. Those are always good interim measures if it's an ongoing problem. Good luck :)
Oct 25, 2014 @ 05:35 am


Ok thank you soooooo much. Really appreciate the help.
Oct 25, 2014 @ 07:12 pm

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