From a life in the corporate world to a small farm. My new work colleagues eat grass or lay eggs. I've got a lot to learn about things that just seem to happen when nature becomes your new boss.
Friday, 17 March 2017
But my cat hasn't been to Tuscany
We've been living on this property for a few years now and Max the Magnificent (self named) has not stepped foot outside. In our previous house we had a little courtyard the size of a...tiny courtyard and it had fences all the way around. Max and Bennie were given their dinner on the deck at the back door. Bennie ate his in a few seconds and pushed the bowl around to get food out of every corner of a round bowl. Max had to fight for his. Unfortunately the local gang of pigeons would descend on hearing the dinner bowls rattle and intimidate Max enough to leave them food. And they often succeeded. Unfortunately, Max already being of elevated anxiety levels stills suffers from the pigeon effect at meal times. Even now he doesn't like to eat his food unless I stand behind him. I've tried to explain that there are no pigeons here and if there were, they wouldn't have a chance against the Butcher birds, the Noisy Miner Birds, the Kookaburras, the Black Cockatoos, the Chooks, Guinea Fowls etc., but this doesn't help. He is still suffering from the effects of PPSD. Post Pigeon Stress Disorder. Most cats would wolf down their food but Max is quite thin and struggles to put on weight. He was an ill kitten when we got him from the pet shop (yeah I know...) and has been really fussy with food all his life. Most cats are fussy and pet food companies spend a fortune on the research into this but Max is truly hard work. The other night I was cutting up a chicken breast and placed a tiny morsel in front of him on the floor. He sniffed it and looked up at me with disgust as if to say I'm not eating that crap. He won't eat the tiniest piece of fish being filleted straight from the ocean and never, ever finishes an entire tin or pouch of cat food. Every night I reach to the pet food cupboard and pull out a serving saying 'Oh, this is your favourite' but it's always the same. He'll eat just over half and walk away refusing to return to anything that's over 5 minutes old. I've tried other brands, Fancy this and Fussy that but they are all the same to Max. I've tried reading him the labels to get his appetite interested but even I must admit they're a bit vague. It never actually says what it is. It's (insert brand name) WITH beef/chicken/fish etc. Or it's the brand name with Tuscan style something. What cat has been to Tuscany? Other than the ones that live there. So now I describe Max's food as a tin of With. I guess even I couldn't get excited about a serving of meat derivatives and cereal. It had better be with a big serving of something.