5 Quirky Eating Habits I Share With My Cats
My cats and I have many things in common, but one of the biggest similarities is our adoration of chow. I love to eat. My favorite part of vacations are the meals. I try to eat in a healthy manner, but I do indulge from time to time. For example, at the recent BlogPaws conference I ate two pastries (with butter) and later enjoyed a cupcake and a glorious slice of cheesecake. Do I do that every day? Of course not, but on that particular day, my taste buds were atingle with the amassment of sweets. It was so worth it.
My cats are exactly the same way regarding eating habits. They don't eat sweets or anything, but they sure do love their food, and enthusiastically chomp every last bite. It's funny -- when I think about it, my cats and I really do have quite a few similarities when it comes to throwing back the nosh. Here are five of them (and funny pictures to go along with them).
1. Envying someone else's plate
I'm always a little nervous when looking at a menu at a restaurant where I've never eaten. Sure, the food descriptions always sound enticing, but will I be disappointed when my order arrives? It's a total crap-shoot (haha -- she said "crap"). I sometimes experience food-ordering regret as I gaze upon my neighbor's plate. Damn it! That turkey potpie looked so bland and uninteresting on the menu! Now I want to peel that flaky crust right off the top of that cute little crock!
Even though all three cats usually eat the same food, they somehow believe another cat's food must be way better than theirs. They stare with jealousy and curiosity, eventually jacking the other's entire plate. I'm certain they finally realize the food is exactly the same; however, they stick with it to save face.
I love to snack. I'm one of those people who gets "hangry" if I haven't thrown something down the hatch every couple of hours. Because of that, I carry snacks in my purse. My kitties also enjoy treats and welcome snacks any time of day, even if they've just eaten a full meal. I don't think they're quite "hangry," but I respect the drive to snack.
3. Hover around the kitchen
My husband is the primary cook in the family, and he's quite the chef. He's one of those people who just naturally knows how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. I'm constantly trying to find that sweet spot where the cheese is wonderfully melted, the crust is crusty, but nothing is burned. He's the king of the grilled-cheese sweet-spot. When he's cooking, I hover around the kitchen, catching smells and picking bits of food out of the pan. I've been like that my entire life. I'm a pan-picker.
My cats also hover when it's close to their dinnertime. They circle, smell, and look incredibly excited. They're not pan-pickers -- thank goodness; we don't want any scalded paws. They have, however, been known to snag bits of bread or cheese off the counter.
4. Eat fast
If the food in front of me is especially delicious, and if I'm hangry, I sometimes eat like one of those crazies in a hot-dog-eating contest. I have to consciously slow down because I know I'll begin to feel overly full and even nauseated if I don't rein it in a bit.
My Saffy is the same way. She sometimes eats incredibly quickly and then goes after the other two cats' food. Occasionally her quick eating results in vomit -- always on the carpet, of course. She and I can both take a lesson in slowing waaay down. Like my mom used to tell me, "Slow down, honey -- it's not going anywhere!"
5. Playing with food
I admit it: I sometimes play with my snacks. I line up my Goldfish crackers and place Bugles on the tips of my fingers. What? It's fun! Phoebe loves to play with her food. She sometimes pops a piece of kibble off her plate and bats it around a bit before chomping it. In the wild, cats like to play with the little rodents they take down, right? I guess it's natural instinct; however, I don't know that there's any science behind my Bugle-tipped fingers.
Do you share eating habits with your cats? Let us know in the comments!
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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (birthed right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.