|The veterinarian told me: Chatblis is getting too fat. Every year she puts on another 200 grams and that’s no good.
Once I had a cat that was slowly transforming into a big balloon. Strangely enough I couldn’t see this myself. People made comments on her and I thought: huh? When Iook at pictures of that particular cat now, I see a cat resembling a canonball. She was way beyond being round and cuddly. Now I’m (a lot) older and (a little bit) wiser and I don’t want anything like this to happen again. Allowing a pet to get too fat is unwise. I provide the cat food, so it’s my responsibility. Pull yourself together, Veronica.
Monitoring the consumption of Cunning & Guile Ltd is my new creed. Feeds twice a day. When it’s gone, it’s gone. No more food in their bowls all day long.
This new system doesn’t go down well with Chatblis. Pernod, whose daily occupation it is to save the world and check the amount of vermin, only has mild attention for his food. He eats twice a day and then takes whatever he can get. That’s it.
But then there is Chatblis, my little buffet eater. She nibbles on snacks all day long. She loves to take one or two bites when she passes by her bowl. And then on her way back, another one. The all-in formula is just right for her full belly. If it’s there, she takes it. The combination of these two eating habits is a struggle.
When I give the cats their (now bigger) ration in the morning, Pernod eats his entire meal in one or two swallows. Chatblis samples a bite and then goes out to watch blackbirds . Meanwhile Pernod also empties Chatblis’ bowl.
When Chatblis then passes by fifteen minutes later, nothing is left. This doesn’t please her. So she asks for a refill. ‘No, no’, I say firmly. I have a strong mindset in the early hours of the day. But around eleven o’clock, when Chatblis stares sadly at her empty bowl, things get really difficult for yours truly. And so I cave.
I started this diet two weeks ago. Result for Chatblis: zero point zero. And furthermore I have the firm impression that Pernod is putting on weight…