A few months back my cat Mr. KB was sick. He’s all well now but he is now on a special diet for his condition. The special diet is just fine with him but there is a problem with his new diet and that is the fact that I have two cats and that my other cat ‘Bart’ is now also on the special diet. The vet thought it would be better to put both of them on the same diet so there is no chance of Mr. KB accidentally getting the wrong food, because the wrong food could make Mr. KB sick again.
The new food is perfectly ok with both cats and they seem to like it a lot, but there is one small problem….
The problem is that I used to give them kitty treats first thing every morning and then another one again at bed time and the company who makes the food does not make kitty treats in the special diet.
Mr. KB is just fine with not having treats anymore but Bart being a kitty who does not like change is still not over the fact that he does not get treats anymore. I tried fooling him into thinking I was still giving him a treat by placing cat food in the treat container, this used to work when I ran out of treats in the past, but for some reason it does not work any more. Every single day never fail Bart still expects his treat. He waits in the morning and when he doesn’t get it he sits up on his back legs and begs for one. Finally after an hour of begging he will settle down and reluctantly move on into his day but then at bedtime he starts waiting and begging again. He also gets quite vocal when I go to bed and he realizes he will not be getting a treat again by coming into my bedroom to remind me that I seem to have forgotten the treat by meowing the most loudest meow I have ever heard over and over again.
A few times I tried to sneak Bart a treat when Mr. KB wasn’t looking but a few minutes after I give him a treat he got sick and puked (I promise this is not another post about cat puke) I spoke to the vet about this a few weeks ago and she told me the reason he got sick is because his system is accustom to the special diet now and that the treats will not set well on his tummy. She also said I should not allow either of the cats to have any food other than their new food. She then told me that I could make treats for them out of the canned version of the special diet. I was so excited to find out this news and I bought a couple of cans of the canned food deciding I would try to make the treats!
To make the treats I was told that I would have to take tiny pinches of the canned food, roll the pinches into balls, then flatten them and place them on cookie sheets to bake in the oven. Sounds easy enough…right? Unfortunately it was not as easy as it sounded and here is how it really went down…
First of all the canned food was very runny with gloppy shredded chunks of meat in it so rolling it into balls was not an option. Instead it was more like taking teeny tiny bits and dripping them on the cookie sheet and then trying to squish them into some sort of flat chunky mini puddles.
Secondly the food was the most horrible smelling stuff I have ever smelled in my life! It smelled like a cross between the strongest nastiest smelling tuna I have ever smelled and ….well I guess the strongest nastiest smelling tuna I have ever smelled! bluh! And to top number one and number two off, the real truth is that I am just not your Martha Stewart kinda Gal. Spending an hour placing puddles of sickening tuna smelling mush on a cookie sheet to make home made kitty treats is just not my idea of a fun afternoon! 😦
Once I got the hundreds of little puddle looking balls of stinky mush onto the cookie sheets I began baking them as I was directed to do and within moments I had the
fresh sickening aroma of these wonderful gross little creations wafting through my house. The smell was so overpowering I had to move myself outside to the back deck until they were finished baking.
As I sat on my deck I wondered if that smell would leave my house or if my house would forever smell like rotting tuna. Another thing that I thought about was that my cats had better love these treats after all this trouble… though at the same time I think I secretly hoped that they would not like them because I did not want to have to make them ever again!
After about 30 minutes of baking the treats were ready to take out of the oven and cool. By now both cats were sitting at my feet looking at me with ‘what’s for dinner’ looks on their faces. After they cooled a little bit I decided to give them each a sample. Feeling quite proud of myself I sat one in front of each cat expecting them to fully love my new creations. Both cats began smelling them and then KB took his paw and pushed his treat around a bit, smelled it again several more times and then he walked away! Bart smelled his treat one time, sat down, looked at me and let out a huge meow as if to say “I’m not trying that thing! What else do you have?”
Neither one of them would even taste the treats! They just sniffed and that’s it! I was not sure if this was a good thing or bad thing!? Should I be upset that I spent my whole afternoon and stunk up my house to have my cats turn up their noses in disgust at these lovely little morsels I had just slaved over? Or should I pick them both up and hug them and kiss them while tears of joy streamed down my face in relief that I never had to make these stinky things ever again?
Well I didn’t go all ‘tears of joy’ but later in the day I did happen to find myself happy dancing all the way to the garbage disposal. Nothing was solved today other than me finding out that I do not like making cat treats and my cats do not like cat treats that I make. So at least we are on the same page about something. I do feel bad for Bart but I think he will eventually get over it.
This was my last day of writing for the series 31 Days of Hushin’ My Mouth as you probably have already noticed I did not write every day like I had planned to do. I only wrote 16 out of 31 days though that is way more than my usual average of about one time a week. I did also learn something through all this… Because I was trying to pay attention more and also think of something to write about each day I did take more time to try to slow down and listen to God better. I did see more of what he was trying to show me each day and I do actually think I noticed things I would have not normally noticed before, I just did not write about them all here on the blog.
When I started this blog I only did it because I felt like it was something God wanted me to do. I never really considered myself a writer and still really don’t, though I do like to write stuff down. I journal a lot but most of that is just musings or things that I want to remember later in my life so I document them in my journal. I really don’t have time to write a blog post every single day. If you write a blog you know it takes time to get them ready to publish… or maybe you don’t have that problem?? If not I don’t want to know…LOL… If you do then I guess you understand 🙂 Mostly though I just really want to do what I think God wants me to do and I do not feel like writing every day is what he wants me to do right now, though I do know that with God you just never quite know what he may ask you to do in the future so who knows maybe some day, just not today.
It still amazes me at times that I actually have readers that read my posts and some of you actually come back day after day and read them all. If you are reading this right now, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to come over here and read what I have to say today.
Have a wonderful evening or day depending on what time it is wherever you are and God bless you,
P.S. You can read the rest of the posts in this series by clicking here.