Girls above, boys below. It’s Mewsette, Mimi and Bella on the cabinet, and Smokie with his ninja brothers on the floor. Seven black cats having dinner!
It was finally time for the kittens to eat with the grown-ups! They’d been eating kitten food and I’ve been feeding them three times a day, though I only feed the adults twice. Kittens need more and different nutrition while they are growing, but both are now six months or a little older, and I feed either raw, my own cooked meals or “all life stages” canned food so they are getting plenty of nutrition.
But the two kittens have been such wild cats at each meal when I go to feed them in the bathroom, leaping around and up onto everything, I just wasn’t sure if they’d do that in the kitchen, and if so it wouldn’t go over well with the adults. But the only way to find out was to try. I came home from the second day of the Expo with a little less desire to go up and down the steps more often than I needed to, and I wanted them all to be together.
Everything went fine. Smokie and Bella neither leaped on my legs or me while I prepared the food, and no scuffles while they waited. When Smokie finished his first serving (half his food) he did try to run to one of the boys’ dishes to get more, but I let him know I was the feeder and he was almost alright, but needs a little watching. All in all, it was a success.
I have never assigned a dining spot to any of my cats, but instead let them mill around and find a good place where they are comfortable. Because my floor space is so small it’s fine a few are on the cabinet and others on the floor. Typically it’s Mewsette, Mimi and Sunshine on the cabinet then Giuseppe and Bean on the floor, and sometimes they all line up on the cabinet, especially when I take a while to get their servings out and they end up watching me. I was a little surprised Sunshine was fine to switch with Bella, but there was no scuffling, they just took their places. Such wonderful cats I live with.
And this after they’d been confined to the bathroom for longer than usual with my preparations and showtime. They spent a while tearing apart the house in the evening before they ate…
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Don’t forget that Smokie and Bella are both up for adoption, now that their ninja training has been completed. I can’t make them look any more cute, sweet, playful, social, affectionate and otherwise adoptable than they already appear in every photo. They are available through PittsburghCAT, and if you are interested let me know and I’ll send you an adoption application.
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