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!