Sunday, May 1, 2011

Competing with Cats

Charlie took to the cats from day one. He also took to their food bowls. Since Charlie likes to make a habit of "camping out" in the kitchen, we've had to make a point of removing the cat food bowls from his reach.

A couple of weeks after he came home, he moved a little too quick when I wasn't paying attention. By the time I got to him, he had already done what I feared. He had eaten some of the cat food that had already been licked by one of the cats. It makes me shudder to think about it. I tried to pry his mouth open to get it out, and the little stinker bit my finger so hard, I thought I lost it for good. Ouch.

Sometimes I catch him playing in the pantry, and he inevitably picks a can of cat food and sticks it in his mouth. I have repeatedly pointed out that there is a picture of a cat on the can, not a little boy.

We are working with him, as pictured, to clearly distinguish that the cat food is for the cats, not for him. We are also working on paying close attention to those non-verbal cues that tell us he's hungry.

I know what you're thinking--and yes, we are feeding him!


Carmen said...

Might be cheaper to feed him cat food, lol. I had a friend that used to let her kid drink water from the dog bowl. I couldn't stand to watch that.

TheDixiePixie said...

Addison wouldn't stay out of the dog bowl no matter how hard I tried. I think it is some sort of right of passage :)

Ana said...

Too funny! 3Ds

allie said...

This is so funny! My boys eat ALL the time and don't ever stop. I know I've said this a million times, but Charlie is such a cutie! You're doing a wonderful job with him. He looks so happy and content with all of you.

Anonymous said...

Soo funny...!! In this pic that cat looks bigger than Charlie!! Nicki