Daily Feline Prompt: Feline Denial

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“Mrs. Human, where’s my tuna fish dish?”

“Not today Tabby, you had tuna fish yesterday and the day before. You are putting on weight and that is not so healthy, so today it will be healthy vitamin pellets.”

“I am not putting on weight, I can still squeeze through the cat flap.”

“Exactly, Tabby. The word is “squeeze” and that means that  one day the squeeze will be a push and you will get stuck, because you eat too much unhealthy food.”

“Mrs. Human “health” does not exist in meow. Eating is part of the enjoyment being a feline and you are not going to deny my right to eat. And while we are on the subject, my special Versace food bowl has not yet arrived.”

“And it will not arrive Tabby, because it is too expensive. Food is food no matter what the bowl looks like, the taste is the same.”

“Wrong Mrs. Human, we felines eat with our eyes and the enjoyment of the digestion is enhanced when we have eating utensils to suit our status in life. We felines were worshipped as gods you know.”

“Of course I know that Tabby, you tell me every day, but that was long ago. I do not want to to hurt your feelings, but those days have now gone. We now have tin openers that need opposable thumbs and  feline food has been impvoved. Even the vet said that you should have food to chew and bite on to maintain the strength in your teeth and jaws.”

“My teeth are strong enough Mrs. Human and I would have won the fight with the feline next door due to my strong jaws, if Mr. Human had not intervened. Yesterday I managed to eat my plate of tuna fish with no problems. It just slid down my throat.”

“Ok, then you can prove how well you can chew by eating that nice dish of vitamin pellets I have just served.”

“No interest. I have to grind them down into smaller pieces and that needs energy. It will take twice as long to finish the bowl of food.”

“Tabby that bowl is enough until tomorrow to eat, it is not the idea that you have to swallow it all in a few minutes. You must eat carefully. That will encouge you teeth to grow strong and resistant. Tuna fish is not good for your teeth.”

“Mrs. Human, you have no idea. If I spend more time eating, it means less time sleeping. Life will become one stress and I will need consultaitons and therapy to calm my nerves.”

“No Tabby, just eat slower and enjoy your food. I am the one needing therapy and nerve calming because of you. The stress will disappear automatically, and the vet will not have to put you to sleep to remove the stains from your teeth.”

“Ok, but tomorrow is tuna fish first. My home is gradually resembling a prison camp.”

“It is all for your own good Tabby.”

“I feel fine, Mrs. Human, really. Look at the perfect hairball I just composed.”

“Yes Tabby, good girl, but life is not composed of perect hairballs unfortunately.”

Daily Feline Prompt: Feline Denial

10 thoughts on “Daily Feline Prompt: Feline Denial

  1. Dear Tabby, I am afraid I must agree with your human. I am more than 10 years old now and all I’ve ever eaten — with an occasional treat — has been hard vitamin pellets. The vet thought I was a much younger dog. I have good, strong teeth, am not overweight and can still run as fast as much younger dogs. Your human is looking out for your welfare and you should pay her homage. Yours forever and ever, Dusty T. Dog

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  2. Such a cute story. I love the “Mrs. Human” touch. We so love our kitties. I have 5 and contemplating fostering a 6th. One thing I hope you don’t mind me mentioning, but I would feel guilty if I didn’t. I volunteer in the cat room at the shelter and have learned that fish is dangerous for cats to eat on a regular basis. We’ve had so many cats surrendered (yup, people give up cats because they get health problems) because of progressive kidney disease caused by fish consumption. Here is one article about it: http://www.littlebigcat.com/nutrition/why-fish-is-dangerous-for-cats/

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    • I have had three cats. Fluffy was a Selkirk Rex and became blind at the age of 2, but lived until he was 12 years old. We had Nera who was Tabby’s litter sister (but probably from a different father) and all our cats were fed on Hills vitamin pellets which we changed according to their age. Although the Tabby’s chronicles tell of the tuna fish addiction, she only gets it maximum twice a week if at all. She has her regular annual visit to the vet for jabs once a year and at the moment her only problem is teeth, which will have to be cleaned if they begin to bother her, under anaesthetic, which personally I find the biggest problem. We lost Nera because of the anaesthetic. It is a constant problem to give animals anaesthetic. I have also heard of the problems with kidneys and tinned fish, but Tabby is 15 years old and that is not her problem up to now. Tabby is not feral, but can go out and in as she pleases through the cat flap. We live in the country and she is a satisfied feline. Of course you never know about the kidney complaints etc. etc. but up to now there are no signs and our vet is very good.

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      • So good to hear that she is happy and healthy at 15! That is frightening about the anesthesia. I’m so very sorry about the loss of Nera and in such a needless way. My cats have had quite a few dentals (the cats I had had for years and years), but my son took his cat to a different vet and they almost killed her. They said she had a bad “reaction.” Turns out that they gave too high a dose! It was right there in her chart which we later got ahold of! I had a cat with a bad heart and I hired an anesthesiologist to do the anesthesia for the dental! Now that I have 5 I can’t spend like that on 1 (because it was very pricy), but that of course was the best way of making sure that he didn’t have problems during the anesthesia. Give Tabby a cheek scratch from me!

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  3. One of my cats lived to age 22 and even then, he got taken out fighting a raccoon! That would be like a person — age 150 — trying to kill a lion with his teeth. If he had teeth. in any case, no house cat could beat a raccoon.

    A healthy cat can live a very long time. Especially one who is fed properly and gets the right shots. And has to eat those nasty pellets!

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    • Tabby avoids disagreements with others and usually runs for it. She has never had any great health problems and for me she is 200% cat. she has outlived them all and just does her thing. I also think the vitamin food goes a long way in supporting a healthy life.


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