Friday, March 23, 2012

Early Day

Day 2 of the cat's diet. My cat Whistler weighed in at 17.5 lbs. Needless to say, that means I have to change my ways and stop giving in to his constant yowling and badgering for food, day and night.
He is actually adjusting fairly well. The little cat, however, who weighs in at about 6 or 7 lbs, is still demanding the extra snacks she used to get. She is so small, I feel she must need them. But I don't want her to get fat.
The cats have quit yowling in the middle of the night, but they sit on me and stare, pawing my head and face, and I cannot sleep or get back to sleep. I feed them because I need to sleep, and once I do, they leave me alone.
I have the food measured out so that I keep Whistler at about 1/2 cup per day. I don't think he really needs anymore than that. Part of that is dry food that I dole out a bit in the morning, then put the rest in the bedside table for the middle of the night. The rest of the day they get wet food.
I need to learn to brush Whistler's teeth since the vet says he has developed an allergy to the bioslime on his teeth, and this has caused gum infections. I also need to get him to play. He would rather just roll on his back and have me scratch his considerable belly though! He does like catnip, so I give him some every once in a while for a treat. And once in a while, he'll go for the laser beam.
On the other hand, Shadow is very playful. She is constantly up on the mantelpiece knocking off whatever is there, sticking her butt in my face as I sit at the computer, and demanding food as I cook or eat. She has such an expressive face, I know exactly what she wants at all times.


marly youmans said...

Your cats sound as though they have your number! (Of course, maybe all cats are that way--one of mine descends to ankle-biting if she doesn't get food when she wants it. Luckily she's lovely, so I haven't given her to some passing caravan.) Good luck with that diet...

Robbi N. said...

Yes, they definitely do, but as the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, says, all cats control whomever they live with, be it canine or human. Ankle biting is popular with Shadow too.
This morning Whistler wouldn't eat. He hid in the closet for a few hours, evidently thinking I was fixing on taking him to the vet again.
He went two times last week, both times in the early morning, so perhaps that's why I've had to bring food up to Shadow since last Tuesday. I shouldn't. She can come downstairs if she's really hungry.