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20 March 2007 @ 09:43 am
on cats & pirates  
After several days of feeding the cats separately, I have concluded pretty conclusively that Lucy is not interested in overeating for food's sake. She was clearly overeating so Zilli didn't get the food. She'll still charge in toward Zilli's food if she's near it when I set it down, but if I pick her up and take her into the other room and feed her, she eats a very moderate, even tiny, amount, and then is finished. Of course, she's on ordinary cat food now, instead of the easily digestible stuff that Zilli's on, so possibly she doesn't need as much of it to be satisfied, too. However, I'm quite sure the I Am The Alpha Cat thing weighs heavily in her, well, weighing heavily. Little bitch! :)

Zilli, on the other hand, is going to town on this whole having his own food thing. I suspect he may be getting /more/ food than he was before, although I'm weighing it out now and so I'm confident he's not getting more than he needs. He also has not vomited since I started feeding them separately. This is definitely a win. (In fact, concerned about him eating too much and puking, I took his food away halfway through the bowl a day or two ago, and he sat there for a moment, then went, "MOWWWL!" in utter misery. Apparently he wasn't done. I gave it back to him. O.O And he ate most of what was left, but he didn't puke. Yay!)

Just what you wanted this morning, a discourse on cat vomit. :)

*SQUEE* Ted and I just watched the trailer for the 3rd Pirates movie. SQUEE! I WANT TO GO I WANT TO GO I WANT TO GO! But Ted says I have to WAIT. TWO MONTHS. WAAAAH! I WANT TO GO I WANT TO GO I WANT TO GO!

man. and instead i have to go to work. no fair!

thinks to do:
- see how far I can get on HoCH revisions
- trundle to the store
- exercise, which i FAILED to do yesterday
- spend 15 minutes cleaning the living room
- mask design for chance #4 before ardian kills me
 
 
Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: pirates theme!
 
 
 
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 20th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
Little bitch

She's obviously confused as to species, too!

When our cats were but kittens, a decade ago, the tom had kitten diarrhea, and the vet' prescribed him a diet comprising white meats such as chicken or fish rather than normal catfood. Well, we realised there was no way we could feed him that and give the other two (including the 10 year old) normal food.

So, for about three months, they all three got diced roast chicken and the like. I'd go to the local Chinese supermarket, buy a 10 kilo box of frozen chicken breast fillets, we'd thaw the box out (it's about 48 hours at room temperature), and then bake the fillets in the oven. Once cooked and cooled, we'd dice the result, and freeze it in plastic freezer trays, thawing and giving them one tray per meal.

They really didn't like it when they finally went onto 'normal' cat food.
kitmizkit on March 20th, 2007 10:29 am (UTC)
I think that's we who are confused as to her species. :)

*laugh* POOR KITTIES. MOST OPPRESSED EVER. MEANEST HUMANS! *laugh* I bet they weren't happy at *all*!
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 20th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Ten years later, they're still telling us about it, especially if we happen to be cooking chicken.

They get fed one tin of meat a day, and as much biscuit as they want. (A water bowl as well, in case they ever get bored of frog-flavoured pond water.)

The tin is opened at 18:00.

They'll be hovering from 15:30 onwards if we happen to be around.

They could go out and catch a meal's worth of fresh meat in that time, but no, it's got to be the tinned meat. Freshly caught food is for 02:00, for their humans who might be getting hungry in the middle of the night.
Ambarambar on March 20th, 2007 10:30 am (UTC)
See, discursions on cat vomit are far more familiar to me than discursions on whether ARCs should be sold on eBay...
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 20th, 2007 10:39 am (UTC)
mizkit will know she's successful when she can sucessfully sell the cat vomit on eBay.

I'll get my coat.
soapturtlesoapturtle on March 20th, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Piggy babies.
I imagine Zilli was throwing up because he was eating so fast in order to be able to get a good share that it made him sick.

Daisy (see my icon) is a little piglet too, but in her case, she really is a bitch. :)
kit: zillimizkit on March 20th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Piggy babies.
Yeah, that's exactly what I think.

AAAWWW PUPPY!
Mary Annepers1stence on March 20th, 2007 01:19 pm (UTC)
My fat cat also pukes when he eats in too much of a hurry.
Ysysabel on March 20th, 2007 02:10 pm (UTC)
That was totally my response to the trailer, too.
jennifer_dunne: knitting kittenjennifer_dunne on March 20th, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
We had that problem with my cat when I was growing up -- in a two-cat household, she would bolt her food as quickly as possible, scarfing up everything in the dish. When she was the only cat, she would nibble a bit on and off throughout the day.

In her case, she'd been the runt of the litter (actually litters... two cats had kittens a week apart. she was born in the first litter, and was still smaller than the kittens born a week later) and had been shut out of getting to her food by the other kittens. So if another cat was present, she thought she had to eat as fast as possible before the food was stolen.
sammywolsammywol on March 20th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the world of measured feeds and puke! Although I don't get the shed hair ramifications.

I am deeply worried that I may not get to see Pirates 3 in the cinema at all. BB should be at the awkward age for babysitting by then - grinds teeth!
dqg_nealdqg_neal on March 20th, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
How exactly do you feed them seperately?
We have two cats with the same sorts of symptoms you describe there...

I think I'd have to physically remove the cats to seperate rooms and listen to them whine at their mean human butler/maid/massage therapist for keeping them from being able to explore all areas of the house (even though they would have layed in the same spot for 8 hours had the door not been closed).


kitmizkit on March 20th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
That's exactly what I'm doing. Lucy is more adaptable to being picked up and put down in front of her food in a room with a door closed behind her. Zilli is afraid he's missing something if that happens, so he doesn't eat, he wines, but if Lucy is removed from the picture they both eat. And they get to eat as long as they feel like, but once they walk away from the food bowl, it goes back in the closet until dinnertime (or morning). It seems to be working.
Genistagenitiggie on March 20th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Hoera! It worked for us, too, that practice.

The cats have more or less forgiven us for the high crime and misdemeanour of Changing Their Food. The new food is not as addictive as KittyCrack, it appears. Two good things!
Brian: Bunny: Yay!logrusboy on March 20th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Kitty barf! Yay! Catie finally wrote about felines throwing up! I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for this! Tell all your friends! NOW!! :)