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  1. Ian McNee
    March 20, 2017

    I have a large neutered mail cat. He is part Siamese with blue eyes, basic Siamese colours and some tabby markings and has a healthy weight. He has a peculiarity I have not seen in any cat before. When he eats his kibble he uses his lower jaw like a shovel and consequently, scoops a lot of food onto the floor. This does not happen with wet food. The standard type plastic bowls are various colours and neither he or the little tabby female emty their bowls, regardless of the colours, except when they get an occassional treat of tinned tuna.

    Any comment on shovel jaw?

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    • Barbara
      March 20, 2017

      As a behaviourist I can give some ideas, this is something to discuss with your vet as there may be some issues with his mouth, teeth or gums, especially if this a a new or different behaviour. Dry food is much harder in texture that wet food; it is possible that biting the hard food is difficult or painful.
      Siamese have long noses so it could be the easiest way for him to pick up food.

      As he is a large cat it could be a habit from originally having a bowl that was too small for him to open his mouth and keep his whiskers free, so he devised this as a way to pick up the food.

      If you find this a problem then I suggest a large flat dish with low sides, at least twice the surface area of his current bowl, to give him space to move while keeping the food in place.
      Otherwise put a plastic sheet (laminated A3 paper works well) under the food bowl to make it easier to scoop up and put back in his bowl.

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      • Barbara
        March 21, 2017

        The idea behind a larger bowl is to make it less easy to shovel, so he should change his way of eating.

        Another possibility is stiffness in the neck which does not allow free movement of the head and jaw. Try raising the food bowl u to a level around the height of his legs by placing it on top of a solid surface (so he can’t push the bowl over).

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  2. Gavin
    April 3, 2017

    Hi Barbara I have a neutered male medium hair grey, 1 year old, he used to eat any food given to him when young and lately the past two months he has become extremely fussy, I throw away a lot of high end cat food daily and I was wondering how can I get him to eat what he’s given. Sometimes he just licks the sauce and leaves the rest, other times he eats half or just leaves it completely. He eats out of regular metal feeding bowls. He gets a varied diet of fish and meats. Fed morning and in the evenings with access to pellets through out the day.

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    • Barbara
      April 4, 2017

      Hi Gavin
      My first reaction is a sore mouth, so a visit to the vet is recommended. Please also have his nose, sinuses and digestive system checked, since all of these impact on the ability to eat.
      Have a look at a later article entitled ‘Is your Cat a Fussy Eater’, https://gosouth.co.za/cat-fussy-eater/, it has more information on this subject.
      If that doesn’t answer help you, please contact me again.

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