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19 June 2016

CUNNING ... WHO, ME?

(Picture borrowed from the Internet)
Charlie is a fussy eater, or rather he tries to give that impression. Having stocked up on meaty products it was with great reluctance that (eventually) I gave them away because of his refusal to eat. How strange to discover that he doesn’t like chicken, turkey, beef, or lamb. I looked but didn’t find a product containing mice! I now firmly accept the fact that he only wants food containing fish but the acceptance comes after many trials and errors.

It’s interesting shopping for his food. I can go to a supermarket and not speak to a soul, except the girl at the check-out, but I can guarantee being drawn into conversations on the pet food section. Hmm! Is that where lonely people hang out or are pet lovers automatically drawn to each other? One lady told me some hair-raising tales about her cat’s behaviour which had me wondering what Charlie got up to when I wasn’t looking. So far, so good, at least I think so!

I listened carefully to advice offered by an elderly shopper who apparently owned several cats, after all if she had that many she should be au fait with all their likes and dislikes. ‘Oooh,’ she said, as she selected some Whiskas Temptations, adding that her cats lurve them and practically fight over who gets the first one out the box. I popped two boxes in my basket. When she turned her attention to the Goody Bags (yep, that’s the name) I ignored her on the grounds that I’d bought enough for one day.

I really should rely on my own experience and not listen to others. Even though the Temptations  taste of fish Charlie turns up his tiny nose at them ... and if he comes across anything containing or smelling of cat-nip he practically snorts in disgust. However, when Rosanne (bless her) bought him a present of Goody Bags and Charlie made it clear he actually liked them, I couldn’t wait to get back to the supermarket. 

Of course, I still have the Temptations (please don't misconstrue that... smiles) but the only way I can tempt Charlie to have one is by sneaking one in with morsels from the Goody Bag. It’s one way of not wasting money but I have a feeling that pretty soon he will cotton on to my little schemes.  

15 comments:

Ron said...
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Valerie said...

Ron, Charlie would have to be starving before he would eat dry food. I have given a couple of boxes away to a friend - for her cat, I might add. Lee, my first and only before Charlie wasn't a faddy eater although I can't for the life of me remember what I fed her on. I just know that she ate whatever I put down for her. Everything in the shops seems to contain catnip, and I do remember Lee being quite fond of it. It guess it makes life more interesting to have a fussy cat!

kden said...

Dogs are no better. Although Nellie has eaten the same dry food for 15 years, her treats can be loved one day and despised the next. Keeps us on our toes though :)

Katie Eggeman said...

My corgi Gwennie will eat anything you give her, but Totem is a picky eater. Since the last visit to the boarding kennel, he has come into his own. I now only expect to have him eat at dinner, I still make something for him in the morning....he usually turns his nose up. But in the evening, he eats chicken thighs or breasts mixed with a little chicken dog food. Yes, I cook for him.

Mersad said...

I pretty much do the same thing with Beni sometimes. Sneak treats into his regular food so that he'll eat it. Good luck to you! :)

Valerie said...

kden, my dogs would eat anything. I had to be careful to hide food or they would have their noses in the bag and food in their belly. Meat for hubby's dinners were favourite!!!

Valerie said...

Katie, I wonder if your Totem would invite me round for dinner, I'm quite partial to chicken thighs.... smiles.

Valerie said...

Mersad, I will try your suggestions.

Denise inVA said...

This made me smile. Charlie is obviously a cat of discerning tastes :)

Geraldine said...

Mr. Cheddar says Charlie is one discerning dude!!! >^^<

Mr. Cheddar loves fish too, but he is also a fan of duck, chicken, turkey...we make sure to buy products for him that don't contain any colors, additives, meat by-products (for an eye opener, Google THAT topic in pet foods) and he is one healthy boy at the ripe age of (guessing) about 13-4, this year.

I have had many cats over the years, all remained healthy until the end of their long life. I attribute that to lots of love and being selective about the products they ate.The small amount they eat, it is SO worth buying quality food and treats.

Go and Now are two brands that are Ched personal favs. If you get a chance, check out the sidebar at MRLR for some of Ched's other recommendations.

Hope you and Charlie are having a great day!!! Hugs, G and Mr. C

A Cuban In London said...

Well, your Charlie sounds like an angel until... hmmm... what does it relaly get up to with its mates? :-)

Greetings from London.

Valerie said...

Hi Geraldine. My last cat lived to 18 so I guess I was on the right trail with her. I only buy the best for Charlie but I don't check on additives etc.

Mr. Shife said...

Oh my. Charlie is keeping you on your toes, Val. You don't want to be bored, right? Glad you two have each other.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Sounds as if there is never a dull moment with Charlie :)

Bob Bushell said...

Good old Charlie.