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Caturday: That was stressful

It’s been long enough now that I’m sure everything is fine, and I can talk about it.

About a month ago I decided that I need the space where her food dish currently resides. I had it up on top of the entertainment center for historical reasons which mainly involved medicating my old (departed) cats.

All I did was move her kibble feeder onto the floor next to the entertainment center. A distance of about 1 foot horizontally, and 2 feet vertically.

NO. This was NOT APPROVED OF. Cinnamon immediately went on a hunger strike, which included the wet food dishes, which are set up on a different piece of furniture entirely. She was down to eating the absolute minimum, about 1/3rd what she should have been eating every day.

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After two days, when it was clear this was Not Going To Happen, I put her kibble feeder back where it belonged. Still no dice. I tried tempting her with a different brand of kibble, putting dabs of baby food inside the feeder, and even going back to her older feeder.


I had Messed It All Up. It took her a week to begrudgingly start eating again, and two more weeks to ramp up to full rations.

I guess I learned my lesson.

8 comments to Caturday: That was stressful

  • OMG that’s so scary. I’m glad she’s doing better.

  • Thus endeth another episode of “Who’s the Boss”.

  • tari

    This is why we still trip over the dog’s dishes. When there were 2 dogs, we had no choice about placement. Now that we’re down to one, I’m afraid to move them lest my senior dog go on a food strike. Glad to hear Cinnamon is back to eating.

  • gabes

    Wow my cat is would eat anything anywhere. She are bread after ripping open the bag. She came from deprived kittenhood tho.

  • Northmoon

    Two of my cats have special food bowl placement; they go to their spot and wait for me to bring them their meal. The other four just scramble for a bowl when it hits the kitchen floor. They each get a dish so it works out.

    Poor Cinnamon, do you think she felt rejected? Or was it too scary to eat at ground level? Glad she decided life was worth living again!

    • Erika

      I think she just freaked out when something changed about her feeding arrangement. Feeding time was a highly charged event, back in her outdoor life. It was basically a situation like the Cornucopia in the Hunger Games. She had to duke it out with Neighbor Cat and whatever wildlife came along.

  • As a life-long cat owner/cat lover, I only have one thing to say.
    Cats are just weird.