Cat treats and the herd!

@Loverbear (4928)
United States
October 13, 2012 12:33am CST
I haven't been great about buying the cats treats, I figure that they wouldn't eat them. I picked up a free package at Wal Mart that contained Temptations cat treats. I got it home, opened it and called the cats. They came sauntering in, showing their annoyance at being disturbed and "summoned" into my presence. I offered the first treat to Willy, he's one of those cats that will try anything. He took one smell and that was it, he was hooked. Then I tried Dinglebeary, and it was the same thing. Khuay and Murphy followed suit. Now, it is to the point that when I shake anything that has small pieces in it all the cats come racing into the kitchen. This morning I shook the bottle of Tylenol and I had 4 cats at my feet. I wasn't going to give them treats but if I wanted to be able to move I had to give them each at least one treat! Willy is the real riot when it comes to the treats. If you hold your fingers out Willy will attempt to take them into his mouth and eat them. He is real good at giving fingers a good nip if he thinks they're Temptations. I have had my thumb, index finger, and pinky nipped by an over exuberant Willy who is hoping for the extra treat that might be at the end of the digit! Of course I keep them on a strict amount of treats, I don't need super fat cats that can result from over indulging in cat treats...but watching the crew sitting up and begging like dogs when they think it's time for their treats is just too cute and too much to resist! Dinglebeary will wrap his paws around your arm, pulling your hand to his face checking to see if there is a treat in your fingers...Khuay will sit up and beg and make sure his eyes are so crossed that you expect that the eyeballs will change sockets!! I know one thing, and that is I had better not run out of cat treats! Life won't be worth living if I don't make sure that their treat jar is full! If I run out it may be fodder for a thriller film..."The Night the Treats Ran Out"!! Do your cats have something that they love that much? Is it to the point that you know there will be trouble if you run out????
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@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
13 Oct 12
Uh oh Loverbear.... you've started something that you're not going to be able to quit! I now have 17 cats, all fixed mind you! but yeah, 17 cats so I had to come up with an ingenious way to fix the 'treat' problem because it was getting quite costly to give that many a few treats so I decided to try something else and I bought the special brand of dry cat food called Fancy Feast and use that as treats for the cats. They love it! Whew! I'm able to save a few pennies by doing it this way instead of buying temptations and/or pounce. It's given as a treat and they have their regular cat food to eat during the day and can food at night. Happy cats! BTW, my mom passed away the 8th of September and I took in her 5 cats and 2 little dogs. I already had 12.... thank God they're ALL fixed! So in total, we have 4 little dogs, 2 big dogs and 17 (*%$#@)cats....
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@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Oct 12
oh catsanddogs I am so sorry to hear your mom passed away. My condolences and hope she is in a heavenly place and happy now.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
15 Oct 12
I am sorry to hear about your Mom, my Mom passed away 12 years ago and I still miss her tons every day. I will admit that I have seen her during the past 12 years. It was out of the corner of my eye but she was there. I know it was her because things happened that only she would have known about doing. It is a comfort to know that our Moms never give up watching over us. Gee, I felt "overstocked" with three dogs and four cats... You definitely have me beat!! This morning I had three cats lined up sitting on the floor in front of me, each meowing at me to hurry up with the treats. I have a morning routine which goes like this: Put the dachshunds outside get the breakfasts ready for the dogs and outside cats take my medications let the dachshunds back in and herd them into their pen. Then they get fed. let Abby (the pit lab) outside after she has eaten. get dressed have my breakfast give the cats their treats I have to elevate the treats to number three now since I get nagged unmercifully until I give them their treats. I hope you go to the Fancy Feast site and look for coupons for the food. I watch constantly for cat and dog coupons...although I use mostly Wal Mart brand products, including cat food and cat litter. The dogs were getting Ole Roy dog food but I found another that they like much better, it's a bit more expensive but it's worth the extra because there isn't that much waste. What is pitiful is that Bill is busily spoiling the cats too. At night the cats jump up on the stack of towels that I use for the dogs. They sit there until Bill gets their tin of treats out of his bag and feeds each cat three treats! Until he gives them the treats, they will sit up and rest their paws on his shoulders, staring at him intently with their big blue eyes pleading until he gives in and gets the tin out. You're right about starting something! With this crew once is a habit!
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
18 Oct 12
Your numbers have gone up while mine are going down... I hope I don't lose any more this year...
• United States
13 Oct 12
I buy a lot of treats and food for my cats because they eat so much, and God forbid I ever run out of food for them. They love to eat. My youngest one is getting pretty chubby, but he is so cute, and I hate saying no to him.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
15 Oct 12
It is so hard to say no when those big eye look up at you with the pleading expression. Then they either meow or raise a paw to gently tap you on the arm, leg, or your cheek. They learn very quickly what trick to use to make you melt. As a commercial once stated "It's a cheap trick but cuteness works!" Of course it is also hard to say no to a furry friend that accepts you as you are, loves you without conditions, and is always there for you no matter what. It is great when you wake up late at night from a nightmare and there is a furry friend laying beside you, cuddled up close to give you the feeling of comfort to ease the horrors of the nightmare. If anyone deserves treats, it's our four legged furry buddies! How young is your youngest? Willy is one of the youngest pairs and he is a hefty 23 pounds (he gained a pound). He probably could stand to use some weight but I am not going to force a diet. I feel as long as they aren't overly obese, healthy, happy and active they can afford a few extra pounds. If he were to make it to 30 or 40 pounds then I would have him on a strict diet. Hug your babies for me! They are so precious and deserve all the hugs that they can manage to bum from their humans.
@Hatley (164652)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Oct 12
hi loverbear oh myh better keep that jar full. we dont want a sci fi movie about loverbear and her cats lol.Its been'a long time since i could have a cat and I do not ever remember giving him cat treats, he w as all black and sassy,. He woke me every morning sitting on my chest and patting my lips with a soft little paw. he n ever did scratch me. then i would sit up; and he would stare into m eyes as if to say come get up.so I would sit n the edge of the bed and he was at the door then the walk down the hall to the kitchen with him trying to trip me but once in the kitchen he was under the spot where the electric can opener sat. he knew where things all came from.When we had to m ove to an apartment we had to give him to a fri end who really loved h i. I still miss himl
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
15 Oct 12
I have an all black cat, he is semi feral. He's 19 years old and still going strong. I nearly lost him in 2006. He came to me with an horrible infection in his face. I couldn't catch him to get him to the vet, so I had to do what I could for him. That amounted to my pureeing turkey, chicken and tuna so that he could lap it up and not have to try to chew it. I also gave him milk to give him some extra fat and protein. It took about a week but the infected area burst open and started to drain. It burst clear down to the bone but he healed and his life now centers around me. It's going to hurt like crazy when Ralphie goes, but he has out lasted the average age for outside cats. I would love to bring him inside but he will have nothing to do with living inside. I also had another black cat, Dish Pan Sam. He got the name because the first thing he did when we got him home was to curl up in the dishpan and take a nap! It is great that he was able to go to a home that the person really loved him. It's hard giving away a family member but it is a bit easier when it is someone who will love him as much as you do.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
18 Oct 12
Well, my brats like treats, and the roomie will open a bag and "feed the chickens". A whole bag for one session, of course, with 20+ cats...