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Do You Disappoint Your Cat Sometimes? — 11 Comments

  1. He came over and lay in my lap a few minutes. Then back to his cage where he has his own pillow. That cat is very very spoiled. He insists on eating within 5 minutes after Laura gets up for the day. But he never complains about food. Just in how quick the service is. He likes his pouches and also baked or boiled chicken pulled off the bone and in small pieces since he doesn’t have any teeth.

    Furby had to have his B12 shot and he’s not very happy with us right now. I get to hold him down while Laura gives the injection. It helps keep down the URI’s.

  2. Sealy hurts my feeling sometimes by ignoring me. He’s a typical cat and only lays in my lap on his terms. Won’t even turn his head in my direction unless he wants something. I feel like a parent when I think of how many hours I rocked him and held him and took him on vet visits and changed poopy cage blankets the first 5 months until he litter trained. But Sealys just Sealy. He won’t even look anyone in the eye when they hold him.

    • That is sad and I can feel the hurt there. I guess it’s a bit like caring for a old person one loves and the person has dementia so you don’t get any rewards. It is sort of one way. That is alright but it makes things harder.

  3. I’d like to turn the question around and ask “does your cat disappoint you sometimes?”

    The answer will always be no unless you have false expectations about cats. Cats never disappoint. They are reliable and predictable.

    There is one area where I get a little cheesed off sometimes. I buy some great food for Charlie and he doesn’t like it!

  4. No way they’d go out unless supervised and the fence secure. I’ve had a setback paying for a new tire and today a new battery so it will be awhile before I can do the fence.

    The neighbor across the street told a lady he’d killed her cat but we can’t prove it. He’s crazy. Laura won’t even go on our front porch anymore because he comes to the door and stares at her. All of the other neighbors have cats or dogs but now everyone is afraid to let them out.

  5. Great post but what’s with your neighbor who killed a cat? I’d be nervous letting cats out even with a fence unless it was specially designed. My four cats have a safe large garden and even with all their freedom they still give me the hairy eyeball and want more!

  6. Elisa, if you put something at a 45 degree angle on top of your fence cats can’t get over that. Also, watch for gaps or places they can wriggle through. Monty would never climb over a fence, but he’d go through a gap. One of my friends said even my eight foot chain link fence between the house and garage would not stop her cat Butch. He goes right over chain link fences. I guess the best is, fence or not, hang out there with them. Now that I am more confident that Monty doesn’t climb fences I will sometimes come in to do a little housework or type on the computer, and just check on him periodically. If he doesn’t go behind the garage I can see him out there since there isn’t much vegetation yet. If he disappears from view I go out to see what he’s up to. Yesterday, I did my workout and stretching out there and then came in to work on some music on the computer. Monty didn’t miss me. He was too busy stalking bugs on the back porch. I came out there and said, “Please don’t eat anymore bugs. I see puking in your future already.” In response Monty leaped for a bug that flew by him, took it down and chomped it right in front of me. I didn’t bring him in until a little later when he was playing with these tiny shoots of wild catnip that grow way back there. He was obviously getting stoned and that kind of ticked me off, I guess, because I had work to do and here he is getting stoned. So that was actually the point at which I cut him off and brought him in. Mean Momma.

  7. I had to disappoint Monty yesterday. He got two hours outside, but he wanted more. After two hours he had eaten about a pound of those black and red box elder bugs. We have a lot of those flying around back there. Those that aren’t mating, ha, ha. But eating them causes Monty to up chuck them or get the runny poops or both when he eats too many. He loves catching them– live prey! They are like little winged snacks. So he was very upset with me when after two hours of catching and eating bugs (and eating grass) I cut him off. He had to enjoy the outside through the screen door. I was tired of hearing him meow at the back door, so I put a chair right by the front screen door and he sat there for about three hours, so I guess it was a good compromise. There are lots of birds in the shrubbery in front of the house and he enjoys watching them through the screen, but the front yard isn’t part of his territory (he only goes out in his fenced yard) so he doesn’t beg to go out that door. He is content with just watching out the front door.

  8. The main problem area for me is the not letting them outside. I don’t have a problem with dieting – I am out all day so it’s easier I guess. I am not there all day and saying no the whole time. Gigi tells me all about how she wants her biscuits when I get home though.

  9. Good topic. When you love your cat you are keen to please and it can hurt a bit when you disappoint your cat because you have to.

    Dieting is one example. My Charlie might ask for food and I have to deny him. Or he doesn’t get his chicken and he looks at me in that way. I have to steel myself to refuse him.

    Taking my cat to the vet is distressing for me because I know he’ll be upset. I don’t want him to be upset.

    The more you love your cat the more upsetting it is for the human when your cat is disappointed in you.

    Food is the biggest area of disappointment. Most of the time he is thrilled with me… 😉

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