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cat on a hot tin roof, part 2

Ju Ju just knocked over the kitchen bin in an attempt to find the remains of yesterday's chicken, spilling the aforementioned bones, lots of tea bags, a plate that cracked yesterday and about half a ton of wet coffee grounds all over the floor. And then she knocked over a chair that had some coats hanging over the back and got trapped beneath them, and then she got out and ran around the house like a maniac and I yelled at her (sorry!) and opened the front door and she ran out as fast as her fat little legs could carry her. Seriously, I might have to put her back on the Whiskas. She's been on the new food for a few weeks and she doesn't seem to be getting used to it. And I can't take her constant greed any more!



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Oct. 4th, 2005 10:14 am (UTC)
How old is your cat? Perdita seems to have calmed down from the ALWAYS HUNGRY (which was even worse when she was on concentrated dry food), which could have partly been because she was a teenage mother and is now more of an adult and bulked out somewhat.

Thankfully, we can wedge a chair behind the door to prevent her from getting in. (See my 'Cat Burglar Eats Kitty Crunchies' entry for why we had to do this....)
Oct. 4th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)
Into the kitchen, I mean. And here's that entry.
Oct. 4th, 2005 10:21 am (UTC)
She's seven (we think - she was a shelter kit, but when we got her four years ago the vet estimated that she was about three), and quite chubby. And she's always been greedy. But 65 grams a day (the vet's recommended dose) of the Hill's Science kibble really doesn't satisfy her vast appetite.
Oct. 4th, 2005 10:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, Perdita was on the Iams dry food - max of 50g per day. I just don't think her stomach ever felt full, even though she was getting enough nutrition; I hate to use the term 'psychologically' about a cat :) but I suspect canned food makes her feel more as though she's eaten. And several friends with cats say that if they're used to canned food, then dry food just seems like a snack.
Oct. 4th, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
My late and much lamented kitty would only be satisfied with Whiskas - three times a day! Anything else we tried she either refused to eat, or didn't satisfy her, unless it was a rare treat of cooked fish left over from dinner - the older she got, the more demanding she became food-wise.
Oct. 4th, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
My mum claims that cats who've had Whiskas will never eat anything else because of the amount of MSG in Whiskas. How she knows this, I don't know.
Oct. 4th, 2005 11:44 am (UTC)
Interesting. And I'd say there might be something in it - my cat also had bladder control issues, an issue with MSG. At the time I was linking this to old age - she lived to be very old indeed - 14 human years.

If I ever own another cat, I'll do a better job of ensuring he / she gets better food, though.
Oct. 4th, 2005 11:45 am (UTC)
Ours will eat other things, but they do definitely go for Whiskas first. When we had a free pack of the pouches recently they acted like it was CRACK and they absolutely positively had not been fed and were DYING OF HUNGER, despite just polishing off a bowl full.

My mum's suggestion for weaning a cat off tinned and onto dry food is to gradually mix more biscuit with less food and see if they get used to it that way.
Oct. 4th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
Poor you! And the suffering Princess Arjumand! Is there any way you can mix in just a little bit of Whiskas with the kibble, just to give her the sensation that she's getting moist food? It might soften the kibble enough to satisfy her INSATIABLE FELINE GREED.
Oct. 4th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
Oh god... sorry, but JuJu makes me laugh. Uproariously.

I'm sure it's getting frustrating for you, though.
Oct. 4th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC)
Heh, she's so ridiculous she makes me and Patsington laugh too - BUT SOMETIMES OUR LAUGHTER TURNS TO TEARS. OF RAGE.
Oct. 4th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC)
I thought of JuJu when I read Moby Dick, specifically the chapter on The Whiteness of the Whale:

With reference to the Polar bear, it may possibly be urged by him who would fain go still deeper into this matter, that it is not the whiteness, separately regarded, which heightens the intolerable hideousness of that brute; for, analysed, that heightened hideousness, it might be said, only arises from the circumstance, that the irresponsible ferociousness of the creature stands invested in the fleece of celestial innocence and love; and hence, by bringing together two such opposite emotions in our minds, the Polar bear frightens us with so unnatural a contrast. But even assuming all this to be true; yet, were it not for the whiteness, you would not have that intensified terror.

"Irresponsible ferociousness ... in the fleece of celestial innocence and love." So apt.
Oct. 4th, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, that is fantastic!
Oct. 4th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
Can you mix the Whiskas with the other food? And gradually cut her back?
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