If the cat fountain blinks red, the water level is low. If it’s a steady red, it’s empty. Please refill it when low by either unplugging it and filling it in the sink, or filling a large container from the kitchen and pouring it into the top of the fountain.
Summer feeding routine
In summer, wet food spoils quickly in the heat and he’s a picky eater, so we switch Tobi to dry food.
He needs 1/4 cup of dry food 3 times a day, usually around 9 am, 3 pm, and 9 pm. The 1/4 cup scoop will be left in the dry food bag.
If you will be out midday, just give him a extra half of the 1/4 cup scoop in the morning, and another extra half scoop when you’re back at night.
Tobi is way too excited about dry food. If he keeps meowing for food beyond his three times a day, do not give in — that’s all he needs! We also recommend avoiding moving his feeding schedule up because he started bothering you — it’s unlikely to reduce the bothering and it will only escalate later at night.
Keep an eye on him/his water levels to make sure he’s drinking a decent amount of water by the end of the day as dry food + summer heat can be dehydrating, and that he isn’t out of water.
Winter feeding routine
He normally eats 10oz-12oz of wet food — typically 1 can of "Mid East Feast" per day.
There are a stack of boxes of Mid East Feast in the cardboard box next to Keerthik’s desk (near the kitchen). You can ignore the rest.
We usually feed him 3oz x4 or 5-6oz x2 a day. If you aren’t hanging out/coming by twice for the day, it’s okay to just dump a whole 10oz can in a fresh bowl before you leave.
Place the silicone lid on the can with any leftovers, in the fridge in between feedings. With indoor temperatures he really dislikes how the food turns after a few hours left in the open. If you'll only be popping in and out once and he hasn’t eaten much, just give him a fresh bowl with about 5-6oz.
He can get picky from week to week, so you may need to rely on this: if he hasn’t eaten much of the food put out for him in 24 hours, you may need to kickstart his appetite. Dry food is in a bag under the counter next to the recycle box. Just give him 10-20 pieces of that in a corner of the bowl, he should eat it right away. When he's done, give him a normal portion of wet food.
We have several food varieties at home. 3 flavors of wet food, and 1 type of dry food. His diet is supposedto be pure wet food in winter. His current favorite flavor is Mid East Feast, but that can change overnight.
Water: He drinks very little water when eating wet food, but it should still be refilled when low.
Tobi’s treats are in the drawer above his food cabinet. Please give him no more than two a day, and ideally not when he’s meowing for food - we don’t want to reward food-begging behavior.
Tobi has a total of 4 bowls to eat from. He eats less when eating out of a bowl with dried food residue or too much of his own fur in it, so change bowls once a day. Scrape any dried food into the garbage, as excess food bits in the sink/dishwasher drainage may spawn unwanted visitors. Wash it in the
Tobi understands a few words related to food, and we would appreciate it if you don’t use these words unnecessarily around him:
Treat-treat: pretty powerful response, and he will expect a treat (see above). If you accompany this with opening his treat drawer, he will likely come running to you.
Food-food: he listens to this, but may not come to you unless he’s starving (he’s usually not). Use this to let him know you have refilled his food.
Snack (or snack-snack): this is the ultimate word, and he will go nuts. Please don’t say this towards him or he’ll meow your ear off (in what you may seem like affection, but is really just desperation), unless you are giving him a meal of dry food.