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  1. Perhaps a meow could be expected in a single, even 5 cat, household.
    Mornings are incredible in my world.
    Here, it is a demand the second I come out of my room. There is climbing everywhere, even on me. All kitchen counters are covered with cats. Damon and Dusty are on my shoulders. Poor blind Dreama is whirling like a top.
    They are only partially satiated with dry food I lay down until I can fix their wet covered with dry. It takes about 20-30 minutes to prepare all of their food while they screech like they’ve never eaten before in their lives.

  2. Monty did the silent meows as a kitten. We think it was an instinct to protect him from predators. But now he practically screams at me to feed him. My husband, upon hearing those meows that are more like a shout says to Monty, “A predator is going to get ya!” Monty ignores him. He is fully adapted to his new situation.

    Also, because I’m very vocal he is too. I’m what teachers call an “auditory learner.” So when I’m trying to figure out something or remember something I will say it out loud. I need to hear it. So yes, I talk to myself. A lot. Or I sing– whether for fun or practicing a new song for with the kids, I sing a lot. Monty is picking up on my habits.

    When I watch him outside I can see his lips moving sometimes. He’ll be walking around out there meowing. I’m watching from inside the glass door– he is not talking to me. I’m in where it is warm. I think he is saying, “I hate this white stuff! It’s so cold my paws hurt! I want to play out here but I’m getting cold!”

    • LOL. I’ll wait in anticipation of Gabriel meowing at me, even screaming at me. It’ll be nice sometimes 😉 You have a sensible technique for remembering things. And perhaps Monty has copied you. Cats do learn as we know by observation.

  3. Monty asks me for food constantly! Michael, he is getting a bit fat and it is my fault.

    Here is the situation. I am now working for the school district in which I live. I am a traveling music teacher working for four schools, helping out the music teachers. Most of these teachers also teach band and there is no way for them to cover all the general music classes and teach band lessons. So I come in for a few hours and teach the little kids while they give band lessons. I get to come home between schools for lunch. Every time I walk in the door Monty thinks he needs to eat. Plus working five minutes away I am home very early. So Monty wants supper at 3:30 when I walk in the door but he also wants it at 5:30. And he has always gotten a night snack before bed. He also always asks for food with pitiful meows as if he is dying.

    I am beginning to suspect he is not as hungry as he claims to be.

    So last night I refused to give him a second supper and made him wait until I was ready for bed for night snack. He jumped on and off my bed meowing for an hour and a half. I ignored him and kept chatting with friends via Facebook. I figured jumping on and off the bed was a good workout for him. Exercise might help decrease the chubbiness.

    When I did get up to feed him I am pretty sure he was swearing at me.

    I can’t leave out food for grazing. He does not graze. He eats it all now. He does not chew the biscuits so he cannot have dry food because it makes him barf.

    I am trying to stop believing his pleas for food. His girth is betraying that he does not need it. I don’t want my precious boy to eat himself into an early grave. It’s all in me to refuse him and let him cuss me out all he wants. It’s hard though. He is very convincing.

  4. Even though I leave a little dry food in her bowl at night, she will meow for more at 2 or 3am. Not every night, but many. I don’t put a lot out because she’s a small eater, and the rest would get stale, at least in her opinion.

    In the morning, I usually put a little dry food in her bowl, then prepare the raw food by taking the serving size container out of the freezer. After 30 minutes or so, I put it in a saucer, mash it up with a fork, then add a bit of hot water to it. She will usually eat this up.

    If I forget the raw food, she’ll just stare at me, until I realize my error. Sometimes she’ll chirp at me to get my attention.

    I’ve noticed that she doesn’t like stale dry food. That means it’s been in her bowl several hours. She sniffs it, then meows. I toss all the stale food in a container for the ferals. They’re not so picky. She must have forgotten her previous life as a feral. I guess that’s a good thing!

    • Neat. She uses the meow most often plus some body language. My cat also will not eat food unless it is freshly put down. He is very sensitive to this.

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