Only reason I go to the kitchen is to feed the cats....

United States
February 19, 2007 12:11pm CST
...at least that's what THEY think!! Silly cats, all I have to do is walk into the kitchen and if they see me - here they come. If I open a can, they come running!! They are all happy, healthy and well fed, but apparently think they're not well fed enough!!
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• United States
19 Feb 07
My cats are exactly the same way. I think it is a hard-wired genetic trait. They are also much friendlier when I am eating. This is partly my fault since I will sometimes give them little pieces of chicken or something that it's okay for them to eat. But they are right there even when I've got food I know they wouldn't like if I were to let them try it.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
Yes, mine get *really* friendly at dinnertime too!
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• Philippines
20 Feb 07
i do recall our cats at home being friendlier at dinner time. so just before we get to eat, we close all doors and make sure no cat is inside the house to bother us while eating. but do you know that my only pet cat here where i am staying doesn't bother me at all while i am eating? she just meow if there is fish in my meal and keep staring at me until i am done. however, she doesn't jump on or disturb me so i will give her pieces of my food unlike those cats back home that were used to be given food under the table because we sometimes succumb to their begging. guess i have learned from them!
@Anakata2007 (1789)
• Canada
19 Feb 07
Isn't that odd how cats are like that? They think that the only reason you open the drawer that happens to have the can opener in it is because youre going to feed them. Also the only reason you ever have to open the ffridge is that youre going to give them some cream, or the only reason you have of walking in the general direction of the kitchen is to get food for THEM. What selfish little brats they can be. :)
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Exactly!! I'm not sure if we taught them that or if they taught us?! LOL
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@Calais (10905)
• Australia
19 Feb 07
oh, are you the pet also, because my two think they are the bosses of the household and everything revolves around them lol.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
That is so funny! Probably because it's true?! LOL
@inked4life (4228)
• United States
19 Feb 07
We have 2 cats and a dog that behave exactly the same way. They could have just eaten and they will still come running meowing and barking and rubbing against me to get fed again....I gotta tiptoe in there or make sure none of them are paying attention..LOL
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I can relate to the tiptoe part. I do that too! Isn't it amazing we're sneaking around in our own house so the cats won't know what we're doing!! LOL
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@1983tyler (508)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Yes!! Silly cats. We don't use an automatic can opener, so they don't run everytime I open a can. But our cats have their own set of dishes, and when they hear them being set on the counter, they come running. I divide up one cat of wet food between 4 cats so that they each get a nice taste of something besides dry food. They only get wet food once a day, so they make a fuss when they smell the cat food. I remember when I used to have an automatic can opener, and all the cats would come running no matter what was being opened. lol
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• United States
23 Feb 07
I keep a tube of lip balm in the container that holds our pens and pencils on the stand that holds the fish tank. Next to this I once kept the fish food and the Pounce cat treats (I had to move them to a drawer, out of the sight of Lotus who can open the can!). Everytime I venture to the stand and Itty hears that pop of the lip balm, she is right there begging for the Pounce. She lets out this cute little mew. How can I refuse that cute little face. Rather than give into her little cries of need, I started using the lip balm I keep in my handbag.
• United States
20 Feb 07
Hee hee-- same thing happens here. Our cats are VERY well fed and we have a fatty at over 20 pounds. But she will still lick every last drop from the Friskies cans....
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
20 Feb 07
My kitty will talk a lot when I am in the kitchen. She has food out all the time, so I don't why she insists on meowing and meowing when I am in the kitchen! She also knows/smells when I have something to eat she would like and she tries to sneak in and get a bite. I guess I have spoiled her.
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
let me compare the cats back at home and from my pet cat here near my workplace. first, my pet here is fed with cat food and since she is alone, she can eat anytime and as many as she want. the cats back home compete for the leftovers given to them. because that doesn't satisfy their hunger, my mom half-cook some fish for them. second, she doesn't bother me while i am eating because i do not give her any piece of food no matter how she begs for one when she was still a kitten. plus, i make sure she always have food in her own plate before i eat. this is a totally oppossitte scenario back home where cats were used to be given pieces of food under the tablle while we have our meals. good thing that one day, my mom has decided that before eating, we make sure no cats are inside the house and the doors are all closed. so basically, it is just in the way cats and all pets are trained and treated. this is called conditioning. they make an act because they are used on what happens after. or the other way around, they associate certain sounds or smell to food because that what usually occur before they are fed. so if your cats are old enough to unlearn what they are used to, just hope and work for the better if there are any kittens left. moreover, i think cat food lessens their hunger drive as what i have observed from my pet here rather than given leftovers.
@ronslove (481)
• Philippines
20 Feb 07
based on my experience with cats, they do act that way most of the time. i have compared my pet cat here from the cats we have back home. first, this cat here is fed alone and with cat food so she can eat anytime and as many as she wants until she gets really full. plus, i have noticed that with cat food, she doesn't easily get hungry. those at home compete for the food served everytime they are fed leftovers after every meal. because those don't satisfy their hunger, my mom will half-cook some fish for them. second, cats back home were used to be given pieces of food under the table during meals unlike my pet here. so they kept begging while we were eating not until my mom has decided to keep all cats out and close the doors before taking our meals. so i think it is just with the way they are usually treated and trained. the term is conditioning. they act that way because they are well aware that after such act, they know what happens next. it could also be the other way around, they will come running because they know the sound they hear is food, which is at times, is for them. they do associate similar sounds and smell of things around them. if your cats are already old to relearn what they are used to, then i am afraid that is the way things will always be. just hope and do well for the kittens if there are any. :
• Canada
20 Feb 07
My cat does the same thing. He's actually made me fall and trip while heading into the kitchen, as he is so excited that he thinks he's going to get fed. If Im in the kitchen for any reason at all, even to clean the dishes, he thinks he's going to get fed. I'll open a can of soup, and he thinks the soup is for him. And if I'm eating breakfast or dinner, he wants the food while Im eating it. excuse me? I try to push him away, and end up just inhaling my food so he doesn't bug me.
@classy56 (2884)
• United States
19 Feb 07
lol..my cat do the same thing when he hears a bag of food shaken or when i open a can of cat food or even when i open a can of corn or something he thinks it time to eat.lol at least we know they are getting fed.