Thursday, September 30, 2010

Why is it?


That little Miss Becky has to have "just one bite more?

Of my four cats, two are grazers.  They'll eat a little, then wander away, come back, eat a little more, then wander away again.  The other two are vacuum cats.  Put them in front of a food dish and they won't leave until they have licked the bowl clean.

This causes a problem when I feed them all together, because the vacuum cats (Leon and Rachael) will finish their own food, then go over and finish the grazer's (Becky and Gina) food.  So, I separate them when they eat.  Leon and Rachael go into the little bedroom to eat.  There is water, a litter box, and a nice soft bed by the window for them, after they are done eating.  I leave them in there for an hour, maybe an hour and 1/2 if I let time slip away from me.

After a while, my grazers will apparently decide that they have had enough.  They'll settle down in their favorite napping spots and the food will sit, uneaten.  Until, that is, I decide that it's time to let Leon and Rachael out.  Every day, twice a day, as soon as I head for the kitchen to pick up the uneaten food, Becky stampedes out there with me.  You'd think she hadn't eaten anything.  She just has to get to that dish before I do, so she can have that last little bit of food.  You'd think that she thought that she was going to starve, before her next meal, if she didn't have one last chance.

So, I stand there, look out the window at the bird feeders to see of the turkey ladies or anyone else is out there (last evening there were three skunks feasting out there so that was fun), and wait until Becky decides that she is done, and I can pick up the dishes.

Sigh, oh yes, I am, indeed, the servant of these cats.

17 comments:

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Yes, you are indeed, a cat slave. hehe!

I really appreciate grazers because you know you can go away overnight or for the weekend and just leave a large water bowl and food bowl filled up and they will do just fine.

~Lisa

Tammy said...

It's the similar here. All the kitties but one are content to eat their small bit of food and go on. (I do leave dry out all day for them all). However...there is one, Noah, who thinks he needs to eat his, then check all the other bowls to see what was left behind. Occasionally he scores a couple more bits. When I add dry food to their bowl (which is never empty anyway) he comes running and starts eating 'just because'. You can tell by looking at him too, he isn't as, ah, svelte as the others. ;-)
Tammy

Tina said...

I hear you lol we all are....

Kelly said...

Hahaha! You made me laugh. What we won't do for our cats... I can totally see your little cat ripping through the house to get to that last bite of food. Whenever I crack open a can of tuna, my cat can't get to the kitchen fast enough!

Madi and Mom said...

MOL Madi does not leave one itty bitty speck of food. If she were a vacuum cleaner, she'd be a Dyson!!!
Becky is beautiful!!!

Sharon said...

DC is a puzzle, it can take her all day to eat her breakfast OR she will sit there and just eat and eat and meow for more! We are servants for our animals, 24/7! Jack is a nibbler and Jill is a gulper, but at least when I hear her in his bowl, all I have to say is UNH! and she walks away.
Have a good day, in spite of the rain!

IsobelleGoLightly said...

Tee hee hee! Becky is very, very smart!

Lori Skoog said...

I too am one of those cat servants.

Sandra said...

You made me laugh... I can actually pictures the scenes:)) Didn't you know? Dogs have owners, cats have staff :)))

Jabacue said...

Four cats Louise! They are much like humans, don't you think as far as eating goes. Some eat a lot...nonstop, while others pick at their food. I love cats though and want another one.
Jim

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Your post has given me a good laugh!! I am the same to our cat CC and I am quite sure that if she had opposable thumbs she'd fire us in a New York minute for not getting her dinner to her quick enough! :-)

sophie... said...

I love to chase cats...yahoo!

Canyon Girl said...

This made me miss my cats sooo much. Most dogs I have known are vacuum cleaners when it comes to food, but Angel is a bit of a grazer and will not eat if something unusual is going on, like visitors. I love the way the rule the roost, Louise.

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

I will never understand my albert!
now I want some photos of your nearest town/ village!!!1

Adirondackcountrygal said...

I feed my cats on top of the washing machine because my dog tries to eat their food. It is funny watching them race back and forth jumping up and down on the washer until I fill up the dish. Even the little kitten has learned how to get up there. He uses the laundry bin as a launch pad!

barefootheart said...

Hee, it's hard to accomodate different eating habits. Here, there is a girl/boy divide. The guys are all much more interested in eating than the girls, and Arthur never saw a scrap of cat foot he didn't want to eat...and it shows!

Terry said...

My cat Callie is enormous, and the other two are at a nice weight. I tried putting her on a diet, and we quickly came to an agreement; I wouldn't restrict her food, and she wouldn't pee all over the house. She won that one, hands down!