My life has never been the same since I adopted “my two cats.” I think they plotted to come into my life and make me their servant! They each have their own personalities. But Sister is the one I totally underestimated. Sister has always been the timid, sweet, gentle cat. Just look at this sweet face.
Norie has always been the boss cat, with a dominating, mischievous personality.
The Revolt Begins!!
In the past Norie always woke me up by pressing her paw three times on my arm; repeating again until I cover my arm up or tell her in a very sleepy voice that I need to sleep some more. She actually allowed me to sleep another hour or close to it.
One morning at 5:30 I was awakened by the lighter weight of Sister’s body as she jumped up on my bed and landed beside my head. I turned at first thinking it was Norie but stared into the dark at Sister. She immediately gave me a sharp, rough,”Mrrrrrow” (which sounds a great deal like, “NOW!” Sister never did this before.
Signs of Changes
The series of events used to be that after Norie awakened me. Sister ran straight to the kitchen, where I fed them and waited. In the mean time Norie would lead me to the bathroom and wait for me at the door. Then she calmly led me to the kitchen, (lest I forget where I am supposed to go or what I was supposed to do). Norie has always been the one with food on the brain.
But now more often than not in the afternoon or evening, it’s Sister, thinking about food.
I like to sit in my recliner in the bedroom where my TV and laptop are. Sometimes I look up and see Sister standing in the doorway across the room from me, staring intently at me. I ask her if she wants food and get up; she heads for the kitchen where the food is. If I don’t follow her within a reasonable amount of time, she comes back and stands by my recliner and stares at me until I follow her! Between the two cats I know now that I am dominated by one feline queen, not two! Norie just sits and lets Sister take the lead.
My Cats Are On Strike!
Until a few months ago I let them eat dry food as they felt the need. In the morning and evening they each got some wet food with about a teaspoon of water. Norie evidently didn’t know how much food was enough and gained to the weight of 16 pounds!
So the veterinarian said to only give them 1/4 cup of dry food at the end of the day but a can and a half of wet food each during the day.
For a while they ate the wet food well. Then they decided unanimously that they didn’t like the meaty bites; later the country-style meat fell by the wayside; next the shredded meats were passed over.
Finally even the ground up meat pates were the only acceptable wet food and only during the morning and afternoon. Now not even that is acceptable after 6 PM! It is my belief that they are striking for dry food!!
I Am a Loving Kitty Mother.
Satisfying their nutritional needs is very important to me. But all the food I am throwing out because it has been out too long for their tastes, or is not the meat du’ jour, is too wasteful! So Sister doing her “Mrrow!” order demanding dry food while there is wet food in her bowl is getting on my nerves.
Sister stands on the bed beside my recliner and looks at me, not lovingly, but intently and giving the command. If I am watching TV and involved in something she will repeat her commands loudly, because I am obviously not understanding the importance of her starvation inspired hunger!
I Give in!
So Sister begins her summons at 8 PM instead of the desired 9 PM (I set 9 PM because they start getting calmer and finding where they will sleep after that. Hopefully they won’t wake me up early because the dry food satisfies longer). I caved in the first two nights thinking maybe Sister was really hungry because she didn’t eat much of the wet food after 6 PM. Then I decided to prolong her wait on the third night to train her to wait till 9 PM.
Third Night’s The Charm??
So I was watching TV in my recliner in the bedroom. Sister starts at 8:10 PM this time with her “Mrrrow!” and fierce staring eyes! (See pictures) Then over the next 45 minutes she mrrrowed at me. I tried reminding her that it was too early for the dry food. Or that there is wet food in the kitchen she can eat if she is hungry. Or simply, “Not now.”
Look at the pictures and see if you think she understood.
Finally I started setting a timer and told them “When you hear the “BEEP BEEP”then you get the dry food. I repeated these words in different ways, “Beep beep first, then food.” “First Beep beep then food!” After numerous times I think they almost understand.
I just can’t win! Yet!
When I finally decide it is close enough to 9 PM,I sometimes make the timer go off a few minutes earlier so as not to damage any conditioning that has taken place .(Actually I can’t take the pressure much longer!) I follow them into the kitchen where Norie joins in the pacing back and forth and the little sounds of joy begin; after a long day with no food (in their minds) they are finally getting real food! I calmly explain that this is all the dry food they are getting tonight!
So tonight Sister didn’t start the commanding presence until 8:15. Her “Mrrrrows!” were loud enough to where I finally turned the TV volume up every time she started in on me. Then they became weaker and finally almost non-existent. I held her off till a few minutes before 9. When I tell Sister she can have some dry food, out of nowhere, Norie rushes ahead and the joyous dance before the magic door of their sustenance began. See video.
Okay, let’s see what happens tomorrow night. Considering Daylight Savings time change is coming soon, I will have the whole situation to deal with again! I don’t want them begging for food again at 8PM!