For purely selfish reasons I like to pet my ~10 wk old kitten while she's eating. I mean, she's really soft, and she just lets me give her the attention while she purrs and eats. How could I not??
Anyways, in all seriousness, is this OK or could she develop some sort of eating disorder or bad eating behavior from it?
Starting about a week and a half ago I feed her twice a day at specific times (rather than leaving the food out) and she is fine with this.
She does always run to start eating when I'm standing next to the food bowl, even if she was previously uninterested in the food, which I'm assuming is a result of me petting her but it seems harmless... I think.
There is an adult cat in the house as well who likes to eat her food, which could contribute to why she is excited to eat when I'm nearby (since I always stop him from stealing her food).