I've had my male cat since early 1990, when he was a tiny kitten that could stand in the palm of my hand. He's been a part of my life since long before I met my husband, and we've lived in six different places together.
He's had some health issues over the years and thus he gets prescription food to keep him from being too skinny. This is not new: he's been eating the prescription diet for at least five years. I feed him in our bathroom so the other cats don't push him aside to get the expensive food.
The new part of the situation is that he has suddenly begun demanding food at all hours of the day and night. There's nothing stopping him from going to the basement to eat his fill of the cat food that's available for all of the cats, but he's not interested in that anymore. No, he'd rather follow us around the house meowing loudly and irritatingly.
That would be bad enough, but now he's decided that his breakfast will come earlier if he comes into our bedroom and walks all over me until I wake up. He knows I'm the early riser, so every day he jumps up and bugs me like it's his full-time job. I elbow him off the bed over and over, but eventually he always wakes me up. My policy is not to feed him right away when I get up, but I think he's well aware that the sooner I get up, the sooner he'll get fed.
I love letting the cats cuddle with us at night, but I'm afraid it's time to institute a "no cats in the bedroom" rule. That is, unless I can figure out a way to un-spoil the troublemaker. Any ideas?