lol well that is almost free feeding really. When we first got Cutty he didnt eat hardly at all (change of scenery and all) so we left the food down for him. (Felt bad picking it up when he hadnt eaten) He ended up just eating when he wanted etc which actually was very nice way to feed all around. Then when we switched to fromm he couldnt NOT eat it all so we had to go to a schedule. Now I have heard of a few bullies aspirating on their food when left alone so I am thankful to not free feed now.