Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Fat Black Cat Blues
So, whenever the places I've worked have been under major stress, the suits have been seen walking-walking, earnestly, brows furrowed, walking-walking, having meetings, carrying clipboards or notebooks, walking-walking, jaws set, marching almost, walking-walking.
This morning, it was Ice-T and Eames, who were walking-walking, looking at me with hard eyes, walking-walking, meowing and trilling, coming and going from the kitchen back to the bedroom, walking-walking, earnestly, having meetings, jaws set, marching almost, walking-walking.
ER & Dr. Er's Kitties Inc. was under stress. Revenue had dried up. Coffers were empty.
I'd let their feed bowls get completely empty. They were not amused. So, they went to walking-walking (this is code; when I see walking-walking, that is, unusual stress, at work, I call Dr. ER and say just that, "walking-walking," and she knows what I mean).
So, I need some kitty tips! Eames, the girl kitty, is just more than 1 and still as lithe and spry as she ever was. Ice-T, the boy kitty, is 3-plus, and has gotten as fat as I want him to get.
I guess I should quit letting them browse.
But if I do that, Eames will find a way to get on the Internet and order food brought in -- that or find a way to get into the pantry. If I don't, I'm afraid Ice-T will get so fat and lethargic it'll hurt him; he already has hell gettin; to his, ah, nether regions, when he's self-cleanin'.
This is what I mean when I say we're not cat people. Some of you *real* cat people got any suggestions?
I've never had to deal with the Jack Sprat situation. Our kitties only eat when they're hungry, or when they see us eating.
Given that I've never dealt with it, feel free to take this advice with a grain of tuna, but I'd guess the only way to manage their eating is to feed them twice a day, with separate bowls.
If they're used to grazing throughout the day, it might be tough to get them used to eating only twice a day. However, if they normally eat dry food, one way to do try to train them is to give them canned food (in separate bowls), which most cats who usually have dry food will gobble up immediately. nom nom nom.
When it's gone, it's gone until next meal time. After they stop resenting you and get used to this, in 8 or 9 years or so, then you could probably switch back to dry food if you wanted, still feeding them separately until your portly kitty slims down a bit.
That's all I got.
Just as an aside, Twix acts like a bear. She puts on weight (and fur, and more fur) with winter coming on, and then just naturally cuts her intake back when spring is springing. I've also had cats that don't do that. Maybe you have one of each. :)
Cats are just so dang complicated! I just want to toss out some range cubes and a salt block every mornin' and fergit about it! :-)
I feed Twix dry Science Diet Indoor and I think they make a weight control formula, too.
By the way, you're officially the coolest person on the planet for having a cat named Ice-T.