Monday, 6 April 2015

E is for Eating Habits of Cats

Today, in the A to Z Blogging Challenge...

E is for Eating Habits of Cats

Nowhere in the animal kingdom is there a more fussy eater than the cat. Each cat will have its own separate set of rules, from which it will not deviate. Here are some I have experienced over the years:

1. You think your cat has developed a connoisseur's palate for cheese. He went mad when you fixed yourself a little cheese-plate with a bit of vintage cheddar, stilton, brie and camembert. He wolfed down a little of each and pawed at you for more. Ah, you think, cheese is made from milk so that's not so peculiar. The next day you put a little square of cheese in his food bowl and he stalks around it, looks at you as if you are trying to poison him and stalks off.

2. Similarly, he turns into hunter mode whenever he spots a spider, fly or any other unsuspecting little creature. In that voracious gob they go and you can almost hear him smacking his lips. Yet try feeding him perfectly fine cat food that happened to cost a few pence less than his normal fare and he'll turn his furry little nose up at it.

3. If you buy a bulk consignment of his favourite food because it was on special offer, he will suddenly develop an aversion to it and refuse to eat it.

4. He will deign to eat a few mouthfuls of his food as soon as you put it in the bowl. Ten minutes later he will not look at it, demanding fresh food. What happens to his Chunky Tuna in that ten minutes? Does the bad food fairy swoop down and put a spell on it? Whatever it is, spiders (see number 2) are more palatable.

Still, none of my cats has ever developed a ritual like the one in this video - Scoop the ambidextrous cat.

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  1. Haha, what a funny video!

    I’ve adopted to cats who have to stay for another 2 weeks at the shelter due to medical treatment. I’m a cat newbie, so I’m using this time to prepare for my new roommates. I’ve been spending hours, maybe even days, on reading about cat food and behavior. I’m just about doing my first big food order and I hope they’ll approve what I’ve chosen for them.

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  2. Nice find. The video was hilarious, the voice over is a class act. :)
    The dogs aren't so finicky but they aren't much better either. One character here will refuse to eat if the meat pieces are large. You have to make them bite size for her. :D

  3. You can do no wrong with this subject, looking forward to more!

  4. Hi there! Thanks for visiting One Spoiled Cat today....we popped by to return the favor and signed up to receive your blogs! Woo Hoo!

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  5. he sounds like Jeff Goldbloom doing a sports session(like golf) mixed in with Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom:) Oh all out cats love what my hubby calls raisons-flies. They all have a ritual-our first cat must be petted before he eats and the food must be done in a certain way. Our 2nd is the Diva who will not eat anything she deems not fresh. We finally found wet food she likes. Our 3rd pussy cat loves anything tuna-Tuna, Tuna, Tuna. Our last cat we nicknamed Fat Swan (Mia)-will eat anything-even dog food. We rescued her and she was already fat. Give them a dead fly though and they are all happy

  6. I once had a cat that pull her morsels out of the dish throw them off the counter onto the floor and then jump down eat them, hop back up on the counter and start it all over again. That little girl never put on an ounce. I wonder why.

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  7. How about the kittens that won't eat their food but will only eat the special food for the older cat with the tricky digestion? They'll eat what they want, won't they?

    Liz A. from Laws of Gravity

  8. I have 15 cats and they all have their own unique ways of eating and doing everything else. Never a dull moment with cats :)

  9. Possibly because our cats spend a lot of time living outside reflecting on the parlous state of the Greek economy they tend to eat anything. Rats, mice and lizards are popular snacks. As well as "proper" cat food they also like cheese and chocolate. I know they're not meant to eat chocolate but that didn't stop one of them licking some chocolate in an open packet.


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