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    Any tips for fasting a cat?

    Thanks @suzeanna -- I will! Fingers (and paws) are crossed that they say 10pm is OK. Even 9pm would buy me a little of extra (quiet) time.
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    Any tips for fasting a cat?

    Thanks @artiemom. I'm liking @Sajast's idea about giving Gracie a lot more food than usual in the day or two preceding the fasting, so she's too full to yowl! LOL.
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    Any tips for fasting a cat?

    Thanks @Sajast -- I was also considering gradually shifting her 10pm kibbles earlier a little each day for the next two weeks, so that her "regular" overnight feeding time gets closer to 8pm.
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    Any tips for fasting a cat?

    Gracie's going for her first dental cleaning a couple of weeks, and the receptionist at the vet's office said she needs to fast from 8pm the night before. Drop-off time at the clinic is 8:30am. First, does fasting her for 12+ hours seem like an unusually long time? Some background: she's...
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    Help me silence the nightly symphony of whines!

    She gets a serving of overnight kibbles at 10pm, which she eats through the night. Sometimes, there are still a few kibbles left in the bowl in the morning. So, she's not going without food for nine hours. And she doesn't whine for food in the morning, so I know she's not excessively hungry --...
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    Help me silence the nightly symphony of whines!

    Thanks, @Cat McCannon -- she isn't free-fed, though. She gets her meals, they stay out for a while and are eventually removed if she hasn't eaten. Though, that rarely happens these days! :-) She used to graze (on measured amounts of food, because I do keep track of calories), but that was...
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    Help me silence the nightly symphony of whines!

    Thanks, @suzeanna! I've thought about an automatic feeder, so that may be an option. Last night, I tried giving her the majority of her overnight snack at 9:30pm, before she started her symphony, and it seemed to work. She was (mostly) quiet until I went to bed at 10:20pm, at which time I gave...
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    Help me silence the nightly symphony of whines!

    We'll see if I get desperate enough to try the wet-food-overnight option. The problem is that, though relatively quick, the process of prepping the wet food (scooping it out, adding a bit of water, warming it a bit in the microwave, etc.) then wakes me up so that I'm no longer drowsy... so then...
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    Help me silence the nightly symphony of whines!

    OR... and this just hit me now... could it be because she gets two (exactly two, LOL) treats w/ the kibbles but never with the wet food? This has always been the case, though, including before the antihistamine (when she would NOT yowl for the kibbles).
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    Help me silence the nightly symphony of whines!

    Thanks, @ArtNJ! She gets a very pricey wet food, and feeding it to her twice a day is as far as my budget will allow. It's also hard to find good wet "food for fatties" (as I affectionately refer to weight-control food). Her kibble is a weight-control formula, and she's been on it for almost...
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    Help me silence the nightly symphony of whines!

    Hello! Does anyone have any surefire (or, at this point, even halfway effective) strategies to help me get my cat, Gracie, to stop whining/yowling for her nighttime/overnight food? She's fed four small meals a day: breakfast around 7am (wet food), daytime kibbles around 9am, dinner around 5pm...
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    At my wits ends, cat eating issues

    I used to have the same problem... until I (finally) found an ACTIVITY my cat enjoyed. She gets a lot more exercise now, and also finishes all her meals. In the past, she'd pick at her food all day, and I'd wind up having to toss out so much of it. I'd get up in the morning to see she hadn't...
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    Cat keeps itching -- dont't know why

    It totally worked! It took several days -- I applied it a few times a day -- but it stopped the irritation very quickly, her ear returned to its normal colour and she stopped scratching. Every now and again, she over-scratches an ear and the tea is now my immediate go-to remedy.
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    what can I do to get (fishy) throw-up smell out of my laminate floors?

    To close the loop on this thread, what finally worked was OUT! It's actually a product I used YEARS and years ago, when I moved into an apartment where the previous tenant had let her cat and ferret pee/poop EVERYWHERE. It got the smell out completely then, and I didn't even realize OUT! was...
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