A few Simple Solutions to Stop Binging & Purging

by K Marie Alto April 28, 2019 2 min read

A few Simple Solutions to Stop Binging & Purging

Do you have a fur baby that gobbles up their food in a flash only to regurgitate it a few minutes later?  This is actually a more common issue than one might think, but there are some simple solutions you can do to help.  As with any unusual vomiting, it’s always best to see your vet first to rule out causes that may be health-related.

OPTION 1:  Separate your fur babies at feeding time

Do you have more than one fur baby?  So many of us do, and it only makes sense to feed them all in the same location.  The problem with this is that it can cause competition for one fur baby to eat as quickly as possible in order to move on to the next bowl.  If you have an aggressor, the pushover might be inclined to eat quickly before the bully comes to steal his/her food.  I like to try placing bowls out of direct eyesight of each furball, so they focus on their food and not competing.

OPTION 2:  Change your dish to a puzzle feeder

If your fur baby is in a race alone to finish a meal, try using a puzzle feeder.  These funny-looking bowls come in all different patterns, some with nubs and crevices, all of which force your fur baby to slow down to get the food out of the bowl.  Now that the surface area is reduced, your fur baby will have to be more thoughtful about how to get the food out of the bowl.

Pink puzzle feeder bowlForaging pet food dishGreen puzzle feeder bowl

OPTION 3:  Introduce interactive toys as a part of mealtime

Consider putting some of your fur baby’s daily meal allocation into toys so that s/he has to work to get the food.  Like the bowls, this slows the consumption rate.  I love this option because it also helps burn off some extra energy and plays into their hunt and capture instincts.  You can buy one of the options in the store or make your own!  Let your creativity run wild!

Do you have any clever ideas to slow down your fast eater?

K Marie Alto
K Marie Alto

K. Marie is an animal lover, wife, kitty mom, dog auntie, writer and co-founder of Toe Beans, a proud American family-owned online boutique pet supplies store focused on the improvement of the life of furry family members via pet parent education, better products, and advocacy. She has over 20 years of experience as a pet momma. She loves sharing her personal journey and experience as a pet parent via her blog and Facebook page where she currently has more than 19K followers (@furrytoebeans) and counting :-).


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Related Posts

[Guide] How to Train Your Dog to Let You Clip Their Nails
[Guide] How to Train Your Dog to Let You Clip Their Nails
Most pups aren't a big fan of nail trimmings until you train them. This guide will help you calm your dog, pick the best
Continue Reading
The Best Dog Nail Clippers
The Best Dog Nail Clippers
Who said dogs have nails? The truth is, dogs don't have nails, but claws. That's why we created The Clawper PRO®. Get it
Continue Reading
How to Select a Safe Dog Rope Toy
How to Select a Safe Dog Rope Toy
Do you know where your dog’s current rope toy comes from, or what it’s made of? Remember that your fur baby trusts and r
Continue Reading

Also in Pet Parents Blog by Toe Beans

How to Find the Quick When Trimming Black or White Dog Nails
How to Find the Quick When Trimming Black or White Dog Nails

by K Marie Alto October 21, 2021 9 min read

Your pup's nail trimming experience will vary quite a dit, depending on if your dog has white or black nails. Here's why it matters, and how you can locate the quick.
How to Keep Dog Paws from Getting Burnt on Hot Pavement
How to Keep Dog Paws from Getting Burnt on Hot Pavement

by K Marie Alto October 14, 2021 9 min read

As your dog's paws are among the most sensitive parts of his or her body, it is important to keep them safe from getting burnt on potentially hot pavement.
Poodle Grooming Tips: How to Brush and Comb Your Poodle's Hair
Poodle Grooming Tips: How to Brush and Comb Your Poodle's Hair

by K Marie Alto October 07, 2021 8 min read

Grooming your poodle can come as a difficult and tiring task. Lucky for you, we've put together these grooming tips on how to brush and comb your poodle's hair.