Should I let Kitty share her food?
Walnut Creek, California
November 18, 2020 1:24pm CST
I had an interesting cat interaction yesterday morning. I gave kitty some wet food for breakfast, and she was pretty excited about that. But when I went out to check on her, she was sharing her breakfast with her boyfriend. She was watching while he ate, and hesitant to chase him off. I gave him a non-angry look and hissed him off. He usually runs away when I come out (even when I don't have my shotgun with me), but he only went about seven feet away and awaited his turn. I made neutral eye-contact with him and gestured with my head for him to sit down. Amazingly, he did so. I let him have a few more bites, but made sure Kitty got "first dibs." I am a horse person, not a cat person. Are cats smart enough to understand nuanced messags like, "I am not your enemy. You may share with Kitty, but at MY house, she comes first"?
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• Walnut Creek, California
@MALUSE But I don't want her boyfriend to become "mine." "Two cats and the army's too many for me." I'll link the song you made me think of. I find it lovely. The real line is "two wives and the army's too many for me." James Taylor and, I believe, Linda Ronstadt.
• United States
@HazySue I have seen this sort of thing happen many times. Usually I smile to myself until the unsuspecting human gets hooked on cats. Then I give him/her the "ahaaaa, you see?...." I never try to rub it in though; we need as many cat people as we can get!
• Manchester, England
I'm sure she'd chase him off if she didn't want to share. We give our cats wet food in the morning but leave a bowl of dry food out all of the time. They seem quite happy to share this and we often see one of them sitting patiently waiting for the other one to finish.
• Manchester, England
@TheHorse Difficult to tell. Our older cat will occasionally batter the hell out of the younger one but does seem to give way when it comes to food. We can only assume he's not too bothered about the food as he's more than capable of fighting the other one off.
I think this depends on how much wet cat food you want to buy. I'm most definitly a horse-person too. When people ask "cat or dog-person" I just look pitifully at them. Not that I wouldn't have had both a cat and a dog if I had lived differently/had more time, but if I had to chose, neither would make it.
@TheHorse I would say with an animal and not just a cat that you have to show them that they have nothing to fear from you. You have to be kind to them and treat them with respect. I guess that is how I would answer that. Animals whether cats or dogs are smart in their own way. My Sophie listens to me when she wants and is attentive and if she does not want to listen she will turn away. She does not know tricks but she is very smart in her own way.