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 was the one I totally underestimated. (Sister was euthanized December 30, 2018.) Sister was always the timid, sweet, gentle cat. Just look at this sweet face.
Norie was always the boss cat, with a dominant, mischievous personality.
The Revolt Begins!!
In the past Norie always woke me up by pressing her paw three times on my exposed arm; repeating again until I covered up my arm or told 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 routine used to be that after Norie awakened me, Sister ran to the kitchen, where I fed them, and waited. Norie then led me to the bathroom and waited for me at the door. Then she calmly guided me to the kitchen, (lest I forget where I was supposed to go or what I was supposed to do).
Norie was always the one with food on the brain. But something happened and now Sister was the one focused on food. (I began to wonder if Sister was starting to have diabetes.)
I like to sit in my recliner in the bedroom where my TV and computer are. Sometimes I looked up and saw Sister standing in the doorway across the room from me, staring intently at me. So I asked her if she wanted food. Before I get up she headed for the kitchen where the food would be prepared.
If I didn’t follow her within a reasonable amount of time, she came back and stood by my recliner and stared at me until I followed her! Between the two cats I knew that I was dominated by one feline queen, not two! Norie just sat and let Sister take the lead.
My Cats Are On Strike!
Until a few months after this started I let them eat dry food as they felt the need. In the morning and evening they each got some wet food. Norie evidently didn’t know how much food was enough and her weight went up to 16 pounds!
The veterinarian ordered that they only get 1/4 cup of dry food at late evening 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. Then not even that was acceptable after 6 PM! It is my belief that they were striking for dry food!!
I Am a Loving Kitty Mother.
I want my cats to eat healthy foods and in healthy amounts. But I was throwing food out because it had been out too long, or it didn’t suit their tastes, or it was not the meat du’ jour! So Sister doing her “Mrrow!” order demanding dry food while there was wet food in her bowl started getting on my nerves.
Sister often stood on the bed beside my recliner and looked at me, not lovingly, but intently and giving the command “look.” If I was watching TV and involved in something she repeated her commands loudly, because I was obviously not understanding the importance of her starvation inspired hunger!
I Give in!
Sister began her summons at 8 PM instead of the desired 9 PM (I set 9 PM because they start getting calmer and bedding down for sleep after that. I tried to hold them off.)
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??
I was watching TV in my recliner in the bedroom. Sister started 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 continuously! 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.”
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 understood.
I just can’t win! Yet!
When I finally decided it was close enough to 9 PM, I sometimes made the timer go off a few minutes earlier so as not to damage any conditioning that had taken place. (Actually I couldn’t take the pressure much longer!)
I followed them into the kitchen where Norie joined 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 explained that this is all the dry food they are getting tonight!
Sister giving me the “LOOK.”
So once Sister didn’t start the commanding presence until 8:15. But 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 told Sister she could have some dry food, out of nowhere, Norie rushes ahead and the joyous dance before the magic door of their sustenance began.
Considering Daylight Savings time changes undid everything and I had to start over again!! I didn’t want them begging for food again at 8 PM!