Both Jasper and Bib are on reduced rations: one sachet of food a day and 40g of biscuits. As they let us know, they are NOT happy. Bib especially is very vocal and will meeow plaintively to tell us that she is starving: we give her food bowl to her, she sniffs the biscuits and then tells us that these aren’t the ones she wanted…Jasper just looks at us with sad eyes, and whispers You rescued me from the streets just to starve me….?
Cat feeding time is becoming more complicated:
Pomme is shut in the dining room with her bowl of cat milk and her small portion of Cat Soup (she shouldn’t have too much protein, but the cat milk helps her drink more, so we’re balancing between two extremes).
Millie goes onto the landing with her hors d’oeuvres tray – ordinary food, but put into different compartments, because she eats too quickly.
Bib and Jasper are in the kitchen with their two bowls, one of 20g of biscuits, and the other with half a sachet of food. Bib will put her head down, and eat until the wet food is gone; she may then have some biscuits. Jasper will eat a bit of food, a few biscuits, and then wander away.
We can’t let Pomme out until we’ve picked up everyone else’s food, because she’ll eat it; we can’t let Jasper onto the landing until Millie has finished and her bowl has been picked up, because he’ll eat what’s left. We need to keep Jasper & Bib’s bowls separate so we know who’s had how many biscuits, but we need to pick them up so Pomme (and possibly Millie) don’t eat them.
Meanwhile, Bib is meeowing piteously either because she is starving OR because she wants a shoulder ride to the living room, because she’s scared Jasper will chase her . Though, if we’re honest, she can take care of herself more than adequately, and Jasper is probably more scared of her bad tempered spitting than she is of him. It’s more likely that she doesn’t want to make any effort. Friend Alison says that Bib always looks at you as though she’s got a flick knife concealed on her person, and she’s just waiting for a reason to use it! I can see what she means, but sometimes she’s the cutest little ball of purringness ever! (Bib, that is, not Friend Alison!!)
We’re also giving them toys to play with: Jasper is taken with a bundle of feathers, which I’ve attached to elastic. He will stalk it and chase it for a few minutes, so we try to do this a couple of times a day. Bib loves her waggling fish – but only to lick the furry covering, rather than to fight it with any enthusiasm. It is amusing watching her with it though. Happily, it wasn’t very expensive, because neither of them are that impressed by it.
Hopefully they will both become a little slimmer. We shall see.