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Some cats don’t chew dry cat food pellets — 10 Comments

  1. My cat seems to trow up these things. I think it’s indeed related to the dry food as she’s still young and I recently switched over from kitten food to dry normal catfood. It’s just food that is undigested.

    • Hi Pieter, thanks for visiting and sharing. On the basis that your cat is well and not ill then as you say she vomited up the dry food pellets because they irritated her stomach due to not being masticated by teeth and saliva.

      I’d stick to high quality we food and semi-moist foods.

  2. Lilly half hoovers and half chews – the other 2 chew. Gigi sometimes eats too quickly and throws up and I always bring them fresh grasses everyday so sometimes one of them throw up from that.

  3. At one time we bought some star shaped biscuits and I sat and broke them up into small pieces for Jozef, thinking if he wouldn’t crunch them himself that would maybe work, but it didn’t, he wouldn’t even look at them lol
    I’d be worried with even bigger biscuits than they make now in case a cat still swallowed them whole and choked.
    I worry about those dogs next door to us now, they only get dry food and quite often they spill their water into the food dish or it rains on it (the food is in their open topped run joined to their kennel) they are swelled up in the dish. He asked us to look after them one weekend and we gave the dishes a good clean out and I politely pointed it out to him that the food was unpalatable but was told dogs eat if they’re hungry, take it or leave it, they get no more until the dish is empty. Poor things, he hasn’t asked us since, just goes and leaves them, apparently he was reported at his previous home but the RSPCA don’t want to know because they are fed and sheltered.

    • I’d be worried with even bigger biscuits than they make now in case a cat still swallowed them whole and choked.

      Good point. I think the biscuits should be bigger but dry cat food is basically unnatural so whatever the size it is a fail. Cats have difficulty dealing with it.

  4. This article could be about Monty. I think the dry food expands as it gets wet in his stomach and then takes up too much room, hence the barfing. The amount that can be hoovered in is more than can be digested. If Charlie doesn’t barf up the unchewed biscuits I think the worst that would happen is constipation. That and he will not get the full nutritional benefit from the biscuits which pass through him whole or nearly whole. He could get diarrhea as his body tries to pass those big lumps. It’s less than ideal, but I don’t think it would hurt him. Cats are amazing in their ability to clear their GI tract of whatever is in there. Monty eats a bunch of leaves, grass, sticks, bugs, you name it, and I see that in his poopy after he’s had a lot of outside time. I figure a few whole biscuits is nothing compared to his treating the back yard as an all you can eat buffet. I don’t give him dry food anymore, except recently when we were going to be gone up north. I borrowed some from Jen for Monty’s food timer, so that could open and give him his breakfast very early in the morning. He barfed the biscuits. Jen cleaned up one puke pile and I had one waiting for me when I got home. Next time he can wait for breakfast, the little glutton.

    • I am interested in your comment, Ruth. Thank you. It seems that Monty hoovers the kibble too. I wonder how common it is? At one time I thought that it was just Charlie and a few other cats but the more I investigate the matter the more cats there are who don’t eat dry cat food properly. It must be wrong to not chew food and swallow it whole especially when it is hard.

      I wonder if the manufacturers should make the pellets bigger? I might do a page on that.

  5. We leave a saucer of dry food in Barbara’s room for Walter to graze on, he always crunches his up, but Jozef starts out crunching but then sometimes swallows some whole then gags them back up, so his are rationed to just a few.
    But we call him our ‘greedy pig’ as he often goes ‘vacuuming’ around eating bits and cleaning up after Walter who shoves some of his food over the edge of his saucer. We tried putting his food in a dish but he made it obvious he didn’t like it that way lol
    When you see those biscuits swelled up in water it’s frightening to think of them like that in cats insides!

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