I seem to be starting all my entries with, “You know this, but you didn’t really know this!” Sorry about that. Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever. Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!
I could not title a book “the Care and Feeding Thereof” without including a chapter called “feeding.” It just wouldn’t be right.
If you already are feline custodians, you likely know how to feed your cats. There is a choice between dry food and wet, there is a vast range of feeding times and amounts, and there are so many devices meant to assist you in caring for your friends when you’re not home it’s mind boggling.
I recently had the experience where I missed a feeding time. As I can hear my cats, thanks to the little accident between Blinky and I, I know my brothers are smart. There is no reason they couldn’t have flipped up the tab holding down the lid to access the food in a calm and controlled manner. Perhaps they would have eaten too much at once, but it could have stayed in the container.
But no. In their rush, they dumped the entire thing on the floor, and enjoyed it straight from there, along with whatever crumbs, dirt, and fluff resided on the ground with it.
I’m sure you can imagine. And the brothers were unapologetic. It was infuriating, and I’m certain if, given the chance, they would do it again.
If the cats you care for are the sort that hunts for themselves, count yourself lucky. I am ready to invest in some automatic feeders. I’m certain Clyde can override them, but at least I’ll have tried.