Frivolous Friday – Cats as Food Monitors

A friend sent me this story and photo of her cat Mouse last week. I thought you’d get a kick out of it.

“The other day we were down to two small cans of cat food. I was unable to capture a video of Mouse counting those two cans with his left paw, tapping them over and over again. Then he looked at me as if I had committed some horrible crime by allowing the inventory to drop so low. When I returned from the store with the new cans, I took this pic of him settling in to show his approval.”

Does your cat have an obsession with her food? Lily sure takes every opportunity to dive into the cat food cupboard and make sure we’re stocked up for the season. When I return from buying cat food, Lily is always available to make sure it gets stacked just right. And she lets me know when the kibbles in her bowl are running low or maybe getting a little stale.

Have you ever forgotten to feed your cats? Around here that’s not going to happen. Sophie and Lily seem to have built-in clocks and they start hanging around us and staring about forty-five minutes before feeding time. If we walk into the kitchen, we have a kitty-cat company. If we get up to walk anyplace else, Lily tries to herd us into the kitchen. When it is finally time for the cats to eat, Lily becomes Velcro against my legs as I prepare their meal and both cats sing for their supper (or breakfast or lunch) at the top of their lungs.

Feeding time can be a bit chaotic where there are multiple cats. But it’s important to a cat’s health and well being. Not only from the standpoint that a cat should eat on a schedule, but that feeding time gives us the opportunity to really check on a cat. He’s out in the open and you can see if there are any signs of distress. If he doesn’t show up for a meal or he doesn’t eat it, this is a big red flag. Time to go on high alert. If the cat misses more than one meal, it’s probably time for a vet check. Is the cat also lethargic? Does he spend a lot of time lying in a meatloaf position? Is he coughing, wheezing, does he have diarrhea, is he straining to urinate? Make notes and take him to see his veterinarian. Many a cat is saved simply because someone noticed he wasn’t interested in eating one of his meals.



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