I have a cat at home. My maid is on leave for a week and am not available at home from 9am to 5pm(everyday). How do I manage the cats lunch? If I serve the lunch in the morning(before leaving home) it will eat up before afternoon.It gets even more difficult when am out for more then a day on business trip. What do I do?

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    Why feed the cat lunch at all? My cats were quite healthy being fed twice a day. – jamesqf Apr 22 '16 at 22:40

If the cat's over six months old, it doesn't need lunch - in fact, once a day is quite adequate, but put food down in the morning and more when you get home. For if you're away for longer than a day, you'll need a timed cat feeder as mentioned elsewhere.

  • The OP doesn't specify how the cats are being fed; they are evolved for multiple small meals through the day, so if the food can't be left out (dry kibble), they need 3+ meals per day. – Allison C Jan 9 at 19:07
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    @AllisonC Not so, see here vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/… – Bamboo Jan 9 at 20:01
  • that doesn't disagree with what I said. They're advocating dry kibble (which is falling out of vogue with vets), which, as I said, can be left out for them to graze at (thereby providing their own 3+ meals per day). – Allison C Jan 9 at 21:46
  • See also pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/mistakes-people-make-feeding-cats#2 (wet vs dry), vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/… (minimum 2 feedings), pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/… (minimum 2 feedings), petmd.com/cat/nutrition/… (minimum 2 feedings) – Allison C Jan 9 at 21:54
  • @AllisonC 'vogue' being the appropriate word here - cats are, first and foremost, animals. I''ve had a total of 9 cats over the years, 6 of those raised from kittens. All were given dry food to snack on whenever they felt like it, and one 'wet' meal a day. All lived healthy, active, long lives (around 18 and a half years) bar one, which had a congenital heart defect. They did, though, have full access to outdoors whenever they wanted, and were expected to catch vermin - not that they all did, only two were good mousers. But they were also pets as well as animals, and I miss 'em all... . – Bamboo Jan 10 at 9:57

Use a Pet Feeder and if you're creative : make it yourself with the help of a Raspberry Pi

RPi Pet Feeder


If you're willing to spend quite a bit, there're a few timed pet feeders I saw on Amazon. Here's the one I liked the most :)

Timed pet feeder


I put down food for my cat in the morning and he decides as and when he eats. You don't need to specifically feed a cat at a time.

Once a day is adequate.

  • Only if feeding something that can be left out (dry kibble). Cats who are fed other meals (wet/canned, raw) need to be fed 3+ times per day. The asker did not specify how their cats are fed. – Allison C Jan 9 at 19:08

You need to contact and trust one of your neighbours to feed the cat unless you can't take a break and come from work to do it.

  • Please no. Neighbors are not an option. Any better suggestions please. – asha iraddi Apr 22 '16 at 7:08
  • any friend or family available? – Wha2wear Apr 25 '16 at 5:19

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