Living with Carnivores

A vegetarian human's adventure with cats

Category: Snacks

Dereliction of Duty

<<<Clearly, even a human can see that the bottom is showing in this crunchy bowl.>>>

<<<You can’t possibly expect us to eat out of a bowl that’s almost empty. Why do you make us suffer so?>>>

<<<Really, you don’t plan to refill the bowl? We’ll starve!>>>

<<<Come on, there’s nothing worth eating here. Maybe we should advertise for a new human again?>>>

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Back and Forth

<<<Do you see the level of the crunchies in this bowl? It’s getting lower…much lower. Soon it will be empty.>>>

<<<But there are plenty of crunchies in that bowl. You have to eat them up before they get stale.>>>

<<<How do you expect me to function with the prospect of impending starvation? It’s all I can think about right now.>>>

<<<You’re hardly going to starve in this house! There are 3 other food bowls just around the corner. You’ve gotten so spoiled. This idea that you can’t eat if you can see the sides or bottom of the bowl, when it is otherwise FILLED with crunchies, is beyond silly.>>>

<<<I’m so disgusted, I can’t even look at you anymore.>>>

<<<Princess Pouty Paws, you’re being silly.>>>

<<<My trust is broken and my heart is oh so heavy!>>>

<<<You’re being a drama queen, Mac. I’m not going to encourage this activity any further.>>>

<<<You are pure evil, human! Wait until you’re asleep. I’ll get my REVENGE!>>>

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Faithful Guardian of the Crunchy Bowl

Mac is the official guardian of the crunchy bowl. Even when the bowl is full, she sits beside it waiting for more to be added. Heaven help the human if she refills the bowl with a type of crunchy that the cats don’t like.

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MY Catnip!

Corky was taking a trip without leaving the farm, enjoying a bit of the wildwood weed.

Mac, who’d already indulged, sat close by glaring at Corky, who was pretty much oblivious. It was almost like Mac resented seeing him have his fun. So intently were the cats focused on each other or the catnip that the human managed to get quite close without either of them paying her any mind. There were no scuffles, but Mac made no secret of the fact that she thought Corky should have waited until she was completely finished and had left the room before enjoying some nip. The funny thing is, that’s what he usually does. He’s not food aggressive like she is.

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I Have a Bone to Pick with You, Human

Four of the five cats were milling around in their early-afternoon foray asking for snacks. The human put down some dried catnip and silver vine.

Several of the meows checked out the catnip, then wandered over to sit and ponder the situation.

Undeterred, Mac walked over to tell the human just what she thought about the food offering.

<<<What part of ‘We want crunchies’ don’t you understand, human?>>>

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Bowl or No Bowl?

Corky and Macaroni have a new “thing.” They cannot possibly eat out of a bowl of crunchies once a small section of the bottom of the bowl starts to show. No, it doesn’t matter how many crunchies are scattered all around the sides (as can be seen above). That bowl is now absolutely off limits, which means the human is in trouble and both cats are going to act out.

Interestingly, if the human just shakes the bowl and redistributes the contents so the bottom no longer shows, then the bowl is quite fine and the bad behavior stops — at least for a short time, until a small part of the bottom of the bowl shows again. Clearly, the human does not understand the need for such panic, so Corky and Mac amp up the mischief until the human can be persuaded to refill the bowl again.

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Rabbit Treats

These are not treats for a rabbit but rather treats made from rabbits. The human thought it would be a nice afternoon snack for the monsters when they got hangry and ganged up on her asking for something to eat. Of course, the grain-free, high protein (and not inexpensive) treats sounded great to the 2-legged, but not to the 4-leggeds, who took a few nibbles and walked away. It’s not an easy task being the food buyer and preparer in this house.

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Toys Need Snacks too

Sliced chicken. Check. Toy mouse. Check.

Clearly, that mouse needs a bath after frolicking in the food bowl. Good thing the human discovered (by accident) that the toy mice can go through a full load of laundry and not delaminate. Oddly enough, that’s not the case when they spend the night in one of the water bowls. <<<Sigh.>>>

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Mousy Dental Treats

The human tried out a new-to-the-household package of dental treats for the cats. Despite being fish flavored, the monsters ate them up. So, encouraged, the human went back to the petfood store and bought several more packages. At this point, the monsters decided that they did not like the fish-flavored treats and stopped eating them. However, they did put one of their toy mice in the treat bowl just to see if it liked the snack. It did not. The human now has 4 packages of dental treats that are essentially unusable. <<<Heavy sigh…>>>

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Intruder Alert!

Over the many decades that the human has lived at this house, she’s known some pretty cheeky wildlife.  In the old days, it was quite common to look out on the lower deck and see a woodchuck, a couple of squirrels, and some birds all sitting in a circle eating seed. For a few years, a woodchuck unaffectionately called El Destructo traumatized the plants growing in big pots on the deck. Nearly every day he’d walk past and pull over every pot that was light enough for him to move to see if there was anything good to eat in it. This repeated behavior caused enough transplant shock that some of the plants gave up the ghost. And then there are the deer that reach their necks over the deck railing to nibble some of the hottest peppers on the planet down to the soil.A few weeks back, the human happened to be in the kitchen eating lunch on a dark, dreary day when she heard a thud outside on the lower kitchen window. Looking over, she couldn’t believe her eyes: a young and smallish woodchuck had jumped up on the window ledge. This is something the human had never seen before, although it shouldn’t have come as a complete surprise. Several bird feeders hang just above this window and there is always seed on the deck below the window and sometimes on the window ledge itself. <<Those birds are such messy eaters!>>As the human stood up, grabbed her phone, and started shooting photos while walking toward the intruder, he or she looked in and decided it would be advisable to jump back down on the deck.  This intruder wasn’t terribly afraid, as he / she didn’t go far…at least not right away. Of course, was there a single cat in the kitchen at the time keeping watch for intruders entering the property? <<‘Fraid not. Bah!>>

 

 

 

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Filet de Souris avec un Côté de la Souris

Yes, this morning the kitties opted for filet of mouse with a side of mouse to go with their fish-flavored dental treats. You just never know where you’ll find toy mice in this house.

 

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Hangry

It’s 4:00 in the afternoon and Cranky Corky is hangry. Yes, the hypoglycemic one is snarking about, throwing temper tantrums and yowling at the human. The 2-legged was supposed to dole out crunchies hours ago, never mind the fact that breakfast remains mostly uneaten and that most of the cats got to hunt for raw freeze-dried nuggets several hours ago. This is how the human gets in trouble with her 4-legged masters. She’d best do her duty lest she find her bed moved out into the snow piles again.

 

 

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When You Can’t Force Crunchies Out of the Feeder…

…<<Then pulling the feeder off the rug…and  popping the ball and cup out of the feeder…and pulling the rug up into crests and troughs helps you deal with your frustrations at the human who went to bed without refilling the puzzle feeder. Such a bad human!>>

 

 

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A True Technology Failure

Late the other night, the monsters started poking the sleeping human. She dutifully got up to get them something to eat. <<There’s no ignoring a hungry and determined cat, so it’s easier to just do what they want so you can go back to sleep.>>  What the 2-legged found surprised her. Someone — and she suspects Pepe — must have stood up on top of the purple ball on the puzzle feeder and pressed down.  That effectively popped the ball (recently refilled with crunchies) and the cup in which it rotates out from under the white base to which the cup is normally clipped in several places.  Here and there were little piles of crunchies. Seeing the device mildly incapacitated, the sleepy human picked up the base and the other two pieces to try and puzzled out how the gadget went back together. Figuring this out proved beyond her brain’s capacity at that moment. And still moving clumsily after so recently being awoken from a sound asleep, the human then dropped the ball and watched it roll across the rug, spilling far more crunchies than the cat(s) had. Now mad (as she had vacuumed the house thoroughly not too many hours earlier), as well as sleepy, the human put the base away and left the ball and cup on the rug, figuring that Pepe would quickly learn that pushing the ball would dispense any extra crunchies he desired. Fortunately, in daylight with a well-rested brain, the human was easily able to reassemble the contraption.  Unfortunately, assembly with a full ball turned out to be a very-bad idea and the human spilled more piles of crunchies on the rug. Alas, the unit is now back to dispensing treats to the two cats who have master the rotating ball: Pepe and Mac. Hopefully there are no more late-night technology fails for a few months.

 

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Technology Failure

In hindsight, this probably should have been predictable.  The human refilled the now greatly popular puzzle feeder with a new kind of crunchy she’d opened the day before.  Alas, this food turned out not to be kitty approved even when they were “hangry” in the middle of the night.  Undeterred by all the little piles of rejected kibble already laying on the rug beside the feeder, Pepe kept spinning the purple ball on top, watching a few more crunchies tumble out, and rushing over to sniff them.  When he found one of the previous kind that he liked, he happily ate it. When all that came out was the new awful kibble, he disgustedly stood up and went back to rolling the ball.  The human woke to find a serious amount of food on the rug and Pepe still at the feeder, trying to get acceptable food. Meanwhile, Corky watched his brother with great interest, hoping to also share in the food should his brother have success.  In the end, the human did the only thing she could:  she emptied the unappetizing (but costly) kibble and refilled the feeder with an apparently acceptable kind.  <<Heavy sigh.>>

 

 

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Mouse Munchies

Apparently, the toy mice in this house keep getting hungry and hopping into food bowls at night. Either that or the cats think their toys need something to eat.

 

 

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Another One Bites the Dust…

Or, perhaps that should be “Another [Tailless Toy Mouse] Bites the Kitty Food…”

 

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Twofer

One night not long ago, two beige mice were found in two blue bowls that sat side-by-side on the stairs.  Bet there’s an interesting backstory there somewhere.

 

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Show us Your Sassy Face!

This is the “Hurry up and get your tail out of bed and put food in our dishes” sassy face.

<<Such a bad human!>>

 

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Toothpaste as Treat

Fireball has an interesting obsession. He just LOVES the taste of the poultry-flavored enzymatic toothpaste.  For him, it’s a treat. He’d eat most of a tube in a single sitting if the human was willing to cooperate. If only the other cats were equally willing to try some.

 

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