Food Fight

Hello!  Remember me?  Maybe you do.  I write about my cats.

The time has come for a fundamental change in the way I care for my cats.  Next month, they’ll be 1 year old and no longer kittens.  Which means… a change in both the dry and wet food that they eat.  Again, if you can search your memory banks for a moment, you may recall that Thor and Loki had a hard time warming up to their wet kitten food.  After a few days, though (and probably because they were very underweight,) they started eating.  This time it’s not so easy.

Currently, I work in customer service at a natural grocery store.  They carry several great types of wet cat food, including a store brand, Wellness (grain-free,) PetGuard, Natural Ultramix and a few others.  I’d love to get them to eat the Wellness brand, as the wheat crops in the US are ~90% genetically modified (GMOs.)  My number-one priority is to feed them something simple and natural.

But… they won’t eat any of these brands.  Each time I presented them the new types of food, they sniffed it half-heartedly and walked away.  Granted, I introduced the food alone and not gradually, which I’ve heard is the key to making a switch.  A coworker of mine put it nicely:  “You have to do it gradually.  Cats are like humans; they hate change.”

Recently, I’ve been trying harder with the Wellness brand, specifically the chicken paté flavor, which they are currently eating in the Iams Kitten brand.  I say to myself: “Hey!  This is the same type of food except BETTER!  Surely they will like it, eventually!”  Not the case.  So far I have tried:

  • Heating up the food (which worked with their kitten food when they didn’t touch it)
  • Mixing it up thoroughly with their current type of wet food
  • Sitting both types next to each other in the bowl (stupid)
  • Letting the food sit for a while in hopes that they will cave (also stupid)

So there you have it.  I haven’t even covered dry food, which I’m pretty clueless about, though I imagine that will be easier… at least I hope.  In any case, I have a pretty decent stockpile of the Iams Kitten dry food.  Do you cat owners and experts have any suggestions?  A cat-savvy coworker of mine recommended that I heat up some chicken broth and pour it over the new food.  I’ll probably try that in the next few days and report back.

I worry about Thor specifically because he has proven more fickle and is a very lean, small cat.  I want to ensure that he stays at a healthy weight and I’m already noticing that he’s probably lost a pound or so.  Loki is a dog and eats all the scraps, so he’ll be alright.

To conclude, here is maybe the greatest picture I have ever taken of my cats:

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My cats formed a heart. I solemnly swear that I did not form them like this. Cuteness overloadddddddd #### 101010101

Double destruction

Again, sorry I suck at blogs; but enough about me, let’s get to the cats.

Since you last read, Thor and Loki have grown into gargantuan, destructive monsters, annihilating anything in their paths.  Okay — so they’re still really cute, extra cuddly and excellent companions… they just like to tear everything apart.

R.I.P

  • All of the blinds
  • Square of carpet by the bedroom door
  • Several glasses
  • Two pairs of headphones
  • Scentsy
  • Various cat toys

Those are the casualties I can remember off of the top of my head.

Steve says that so much gets destroyed because I’m too much of a pushover.  I have a hard time with discipline, it’s true.  I’ve gotten better, though… especially because of my headphones.  Argh.

Oh, I just remembered another one: when Steve and I visited PA, we got them new, stronger collars and customized tags.  Thor has a red collar with a gold circle tag that says his name; Loki has a neon green collar with a black tag.  However…

Both of them have destroyed the tags.  They bit them until the words were illegible.  Also, they can still take their collars off even though they have the stronger clips.  I couldn’t figure out how they did it… until I BUSTED THEM.

I saw them grooming each other one night, cute as all get out.  What I saw next truly infuriated me: Thor was actively biting and clawing Loki’s collar and managed to snap it off. THOSE ADORABLE BASTARDS, I yelled inside my head.  How could they possibly be that cunning?  I’ve now determined that I need to get them collars with the real metal buckle… most pet stores only have pop-off cat-safety collars, though… let me know if anyone has a suggestion!

I’m planning to order them some new tags soon (a good use of my tax return.)  Ch-check it out:

Thor’s Tag

Loki’s Tag

Etsy is a beautiful thing.

Until next time, y’all.

Thor snuggling up to me on a day off.

Thor snuggling up to me on a day off.

How I know Thor and Loki love me

It’s December already, sunny and 60 degrees.  Seem strange?  Maybe it is, but don’t worry about it.  Let me provide you with some adorable anecdotes and cat pictures to distract you from our inevitable doom.

I’ll get right to it.

  1. Whenever I get home, the cats run around my feet and meow for me to feed them.  That not might seem like “love” necessarily, but to me it shows that the cats know who I am.  They know I’m the person that feeds them and gives them water.  It’s okay if they’re a little demanding.
  2. Both of them feel comfortable sleeping on me now.  Thor really loves to fall asleep in the crook of my arm.
  3. When I hold them, they close their eyes.
  4. They compete for my attention.
  5. As I’ve noted many times before, Thor and Loki always comfort me when I’m really sad.
  6. They do that thing where they rub their face on my face.
  7. Thor and Loki wait outside my door in the morning before I wake up.

And I love those little stinkers too.  More than I can say. I buy them presents when I’m on vacation, I crave their attention and shower them with affection.  They are my special buddies and my life-long companions.   I hope to keep them healthy and happy as long as I’m able.

I'm a doodler.  This is my cat doodle.

I’m a doodler. This is my cat doodle.

ALSO!  I’m going to try to post a cat link/external cat media in all of my posts.

Today’s Cat-Link is:  Simon’s Cat!  If you’ve haven’t seen these super-cute animations, you must!

Catsgiving… thankscats? Thankskittens?

Hey!  Anyone out there still?  That’s okay.  I’m okay with talking to myself.

Thor and Loki are huge now.  Not only do they rival Godzilla in size, but they are wising up to some of my tricks.  They still run out of the door when either of us try to leave/enter the apartment, which is a huge pain; we usually use the laser pointer to distract them so we can run out quickly before they do (cats rule the house.)  Now, they’ve learned to ignore the laser and every time they hear a door open or the jingling of keys, they plop down in front of the door.

In short, I’m having trouble outsmarting my cats.  This proves to me that I’m not ready to be a parent.  For at least another 50 years.  Someday I’ll be smart enough to counter their tactics.  Maybe I should buy a really fancy laser pointer.  Or just cry until they feel sorry for me.  Do guilt trips work on cats?

That’s about all I have to report for right now.  Thor and Loki still need two rounds of booster shots but after that they’ll be set.  I’m also trying to figure out whether I need to give them flea/tick treatments every month if they never go outside.  Stuff’s expensive.

Happy Thanksgiving, to cats and humans alike.  Give your pets a piece of chicken or something.

Thor will kill you with fire. hashtag cutest ways to die

The problem with toilet paper

Thor and Loki finally decided to stop bolting out of the door whenever we open it.  That’s a huge improvement!  I’m pretty proud of them.  Steve and I have definitely been making an effort to play with them more as well.  However, I do still have one burning question:

How do I keep the kittens out of our toilet paper?!

It seems impossible.  Obviously, I can’t leave it on the roll because they just paw at it and unroll the whole blasted thing.  I put it up by the sink, thinking they wouldn’t risk the jump between the toilet seat and the sink.  But I was so, so wrong.  I should never underestimate how fearless and persistent these cats are.  Finally, Steve came up with the idea to place it on the little towel bar above the toilet.  It seems like they’re still getting at it, though it’s not as frequent as it has been.  I feel like there has to be a better solution.  Do they make some kind of cat-proof toilet paper holder?  Is there hope for my sad little rolls?

There is toilet paper everywhere.  Small shreds of paper littered from the bathroom to the kitchen.  It was a toilet paper massacre.

What have you done, kittens?  WHAT HAVE YOU DONE

The only time I can really get pictures of the cat or my husband — nap time.

Breaking news: kittens are still pretty cool

Hey all — sorry for the long time away.  Work is pretty nuts and I just got back from PA on Sunday night.  In any case, here’s a brief update on the cats.

General update: Thor and Loki are becoming more and more rambunctious.  They’re getting bigger, stronger, braver and more willing to break the rules if they can get away with it.  They climb and jump higher; they’re getting into places I never thought they’d reach.  One particularly problematic behavior problem is their biting.  Both of them have started to bite both of us very regularly.  Thor even bit my face yesterday… this is definitely something I’d like to talk to the vet about.  I’m planning on scheduling them an appointment tomorrow since we haven’t been able to afford another one yet (both kittens need some expensive vaccines.) Truthfully, I will have to start disciplining them more when I see them misbehaving.  However, we also need to play with them more, which I theorize is the root of their bad behavior.  I’m looking to get them more toys and make sure to play with them for at least 10 minutes every day.  Here’s to happier, healthier little buddies!

Thor: He’s a weird one, that’s for sure.  One of the little idiosyncrasies I’ve failed to mention thus far is his face-licking.  Thor, when starting some major cuddle-time with Steve or I, will come up and absolutely cover our faces in little kitty licks.  I’m not really sure why; I feel like this is a more common thing with dogs.  Unfortunately, his tongue has the characteristic sandpaper-like texture and the love-licks start to get painful after a little while.  He tends to concentrate on the nose and cheek areas.   He’s gotten a hold of my nose ring a few times.  Ouch.  Other than that, he continues to be a huge whiner and Momma’s boy – not that I mind that, of course.  He still needs to pack on a few pounds.  Overall, he still behaves better than Loki and is less picky when it comes to food.

Loki: Man, this bugger is working on my nerves.  He has been comporting himself pretty badly as of late and I’m getting a little discouraged.  Loki always seems to be biting something or someone.  Worst of all, he loves to knock over trash cans and walk all over the tables, especially if he suspects there’s people food nearby.  Using the squirt bottle doesn’t seem to faze him; he’ll only quit once he’s completely soaked.  From the places he explores and the trouble he causes, he’s obviously very cunning but brash.  I’m going to bring up my concerns about him to the vet.  At this point, I’m willing to chalk it up to our long work hours and the fact that he’s still so young.  I tried feeding Thor and Loki some Fancy Feast kitten food and Loki totally refused it.  Thor would eat the chicken and neither of them would eat anything seafood-related.  If we have an exceptionally bad day, though, Loki usually will be very loving at the end.  Apologetic, even.  He definitely is getting more snuggly as time goes on.

Anyway, that’s it for now.  I’m going to try to update the blog once or twice a week — not much, I realize, but realistic considering my present schedule.  Hopefully I’ll update more.  Next post will include a batch of new pictures!  Yay!  Thanks for bearing with me.

Nerdy cat stuff — my favorite!

 

A little (buddies) reminder

I apologize for the long delay in posting again — I recently started a full-time job and work a variety of shifts.  I just started this week and will already log 40 hours by the end of tomorrow.  So bear with me as I get into the work routine.  Because I’m pretty exhausted and need some time to collect my thoughts for a complete, coherent post with a definite theme, here’s a little tidbit that I thought of today:

Appreciate the simple joys of owning a cat.  After a long day at work, it was tremendously relaxing to just sit with my cats and stroke their backs.  I even had a fun time giving them belly scratches as we played on the for together.  I feel lucky that I have these little buddies in my life.  Take some time and appreciate your kitty!

Thor and Loki chillin’ on the top of their modest scratching post.