Cats - is overeating due to early food deprivation?
The reply was that the cat will just eat all the food (and quite possibly barf as a result).
From what I've been told, cats who experience a shortage/deprivation of food in their past results in them becoming obsessed with food. They either want to make sure there's lots of it available, or will eat as much as it available to the point they'll throw it up. They are said to be susceptible to becoming overweight too.
We have two bred cats (breeder said never to make food an issue and they'll be fine) that have never been deprived of food (it's always available, except for some overnights where they finish it all), and they're rather slender for their breed. Ours will just graze on their healthy high protein cat food, but just love junky (high carb) cat food that we use for treats. I once tipped over the jar that was kept in and it spilled all over the floor. They were so stunned they didn't even try to eat any.
Some friends who have a rescue (the shelter didn't know here history but she rapidly gained 5 lbs - to a healthy wright - under their care) have a cat that will not stop eating, and begging for food. They bought a timed feeder and the cat will just sit there and watch the feeder.
Of the cats we've petsat, the cats that have had care (single, loving/caring set of owners) since being adopted as kittens can have their dry food out and they won't eat it all, just grazing when they're peckish. Well, maybe not one who, in addition to her wet food dry food and treats, would go out regularly to kill and eat something (rats, rabbits, voles, mice, birds, small snakes). One cat who was rescued from a collector (crazy cat man, apparently) would meow incessantly if food wasn't in her bowl (not that she'd usually eat all of it she just wanted to be sure if was always available).
What's your experience with this?