a reply to: misterhistory
Why feed them separately? We have two cats, and did not obtain them at the same time. One was brought in later, about 3/4 grown, and they had to
adapt to one another. We simply introduced them, then backed away. A little hissing, some fuss, and within a day they were good buddies. They share
a food bowl, and a single litter box, with no issues. Both get attention when they want it, and they have toys they prefer, but they decide that, not
us. They do have a couple of preferences for sleeping, and one prefers the teen son's room, which the other avoids, but again, their choice, not
ours. The other one prefers our bed, or that of one of the girls. The other girl's bed, they both will sleep on. Go figure.
As for feeding, I have never, ever, fed cats on any schedule. Dry food sits out, and is there when they want it. Refilled as needed, so it stays
fresh, and they don't overeat at all. The overweight cat (and some can weigh 18+ pounds and not be overweight) as likely suffering from a lack of
exercise, more than too much food. Allowing him to play with the other one, encouraging more movement, is the best way to combat that.
I do note, now, that you mentioned the previous owner of the fat cat might have overfed him, and that can take time to counter, but leaving out a bowl
of dry isn't likely to hurt anything. If you aren't feeding him other foods, his weight should adjust in time. That the other cat wants to be around
him also indicates that they aren't as aggressive toward one another as you might think. Sometimes, when our two play, the older one (smaller,
lighter) fusses at the younger, and backs him off, because he doesn't seem to want to play, you'd think, but moments later, he's chasing the younger
one around, having a blast. Never one have they hurt one another. On another note, the younger one, who is larger, will wait to eat of the older is,
assuming it's his right or something, we suppose, to go first.
As long as you give each equal attention, they ought to be alright together. For litter boxes, clean regularly, and hopefully that will settle down.