So we got home from our extended weekend to Florida and were lovingly mobbed by Samson and Delilah. Peter said he thought they had missed us over the weekend. The distinctive thing was they came into the kitchen and the family room which they never do even when Lucy is away because they think she may be here somewhere. We figured the meowing was about wanting attention and a treat (milk).
When I later went upstairs I found they had cleaned out their perpetual feeder. There was no risk of starvation or mistreatment because there was plenty of food there when we left, and Peter was home, and they know where Peter's cat Bagheera's feeder is. I think it's more a matter of who is eating whose food.
We have caught Bagheera eating from our cats' feeder. He is a pig of a cat. I have seen the kitten eating from our feeder. Peter bought kitten food for Pixel and we have seen him eating it and tonight when I refilled ours for Samson, Pixel was there to eat it too. I took Pixel to his own food and he seemed uninterested. Bagheera however seems to love the kitten chow, so here's the deal.
Pixel will eat his kitten food but likes Samson and Delilah's better.
Samson and Delilah eat their own food, and in a pinch will eat Bagheera's.
Bagheera will eat anything (even with his own food full he'll devour the kitten chow and/or come eat Samson and Delilah's).
Why can't they all just eat what they are supposed to?!?!!?