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My oldest son doesn't have many chores although if you ask him he'd say he has way too many and that I am WAY too picky about how they should be done. I know if I want it done right I should do it myself OR I could stand over him after he “says” he's done and point out everything he missed. It's a pain but it will sink in that hard head one day (I hope!).
Two of his chores are making sure the cats are fed and cleaning the litter box. In our house, the “cat room” is the closet underneath the stairs. In there they have their food and litter box and can come and go as they please thanks to the cat hole in the door. It gives them a safe place to go while helping my house not smell like a huge litter box. This is saying something considering one of my cats think she's too good to cover her poo. That's right she will do her business and instead of covering it she will scratch the walls of the litter box and be on her way. All I can do is shake my head and be like “Really?!?”. She's lucky she's pretty!
Anyway, somehow despite everything being in one room my son often overlooks the cat food somehow. The room is stocked with Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend that I picked up at PetSmart in the cat section yet he finds some excuse as to why he didn't notice the cats morphing into hangry little beasts. When he does forget boy are we in for it. Here are 7 ways we know our cats are hangry (at him!).
Meet Pepper, our three-year-old Siamese cat that we swear is more like a dog than a cat. Yep, you guessed it… she's the none poo cover-er. Told you she's like a dog.
Turning into a Dog
When Pepper is hangry her dog like qualities come out even more. She will literally beg on her back paws like a dog especially if you reach out a hand. If she's desperate enough she will find the cat food and bite a hole into the bag or knock over the storage container. Rowdy girl!
Knocking on Doors
Pepper is the only cat we've ever had that will actually knock on a door instead of just meowing at it. If she's hangry enough she will hunt you down even when you are the in the shower. There she will constantly bang at the shower door with her paws until you come out and give her what she wants.
Giving You the Evil Eye
When Pepper wants something you know it just by how she stares at you. She gives this death stare with her brilliant blues and where ever you move so do her eyes.
Lilo is our old girl. She is 12 years old and is the queen of the cats and she makes sure the others know it.
Rehearsing for the Meow Mix Commerical
When Lilo is hangry she gets EXTRA whiney. In her old age she meows a lot more than she used to but when she's out of food she performs a rendition of the Meow Mix commercial. Meow, meow, meow, meow is all you will hear until her bowl is full.
Then there's Bella. She just turned a year old and is our most skittish cat yet she likes to make faces!
Waking You Up
I will be in a dead sleep and oh so comfy until a wet little nose gets jabbed into my eye. I try to turn and ignore the nightmare but then my hand keeps getting flung up and down by a head trying to go underneath it. Bella will practically make me hit myself in the face until I follow her to the food bowl.
Hangry Cats Plotting Revenge
Other times, it's like the cats have had enough. They swarm at your feet, circling them like prey, secretly hoping we'll fall down the stairs.
Herding like Cattle
I know I am in real trouble when I have all three cats following me around the house. It's like I am the mama duck and they are my chicks. When it gets down to this moment I have no choice but to grab bags of Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® and do my son's chore for him.
While I hate letting him off the hook doing this allows me to connect with my sweet girls. After all, if it wasn't for them I'd be the only female in this house. So we have to stick together and mealtime is the perfect time to do this. I secretly savor every moment with them, especially mealtime. Shh, don't tell my son but little does he know animals and food go hand and hand. He who has the food has their love.
When they are at their hangriest I've noticed feeding them a combination of wet and dry food makes them the happiness. Now thanks to Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend I can give them the best of both worlds in one swoop – crunchy kibble and tender shredded meaty pieces!
This sensory experience gives them the nutrition they deserve (real meat, high protein, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants) in flavors that they are happily glad to scarf down. I love that Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® doesn't contain any unnecessary ingredients. It gives me one less thing to worry about this summer now that the kids are out of school. Instead of worrying about what my girls are eating, I can savor every second spent with my family (my girls included!).
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What crazy things do your cats do when they are hungry?