Best Toy Ever

by J. Lynne on January 2, 2009

in Cat Scratchings, Memes, Photo Blogging

Best Toy Ever

I bought the cats a feeder that auto-feeds them 1/2 cup twice a day at selected times.  Actually, I could change the amount dispensed, can set it to dispense one to three times a day, and can set the times of day it should dispense.

However, the dog was way more fascinated by the new gadget than the cats.  The cats, however, think the box the feeder came in is great fun.

By the way, the purpose of buying the auto-feeder was to try to train Aloof (the mean black cat) that I am not the source of food so he will stop keeping me up all night, reinforcing my insomnia — I swear he probably taught them some things at Gitmo.    Anyway, I figure that if he thinks the gadget is the source of all food, he’ll stop knocking things off of my tables and shelves, trying to get me to put more food in his bowl and he’ll stop harassing me while I’m trying to sleep.  However, he hasn’t caught on yet about the bowl getting filled at regular times, despite the fact that he’s supposed to be the “smart one” — Pugly however has totally figured out what that little whirring sound is even though he can’t see or reach the feeder on the microwave table.

The other issue is that Aloof has trained Pugly to wake me up at 3 or 4am and be persistant about it.  Now I have to retrain Pugly, who I do actually want to associate me as the provider of food (and as such the Alpha) that breakfast isn’t until at least 6am.  This is not easy with Aloof still tormenting me with the cat ninja torture techniques, which involve knocking everything on my side table onto the floor (including any unfinished soda cans) and Aloof continuing to lie to Pugly about the true feeding time.  Evil cat.

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Sara Trice January 5, 2009 at 12:55 am

Stumbled across your blog when looking for the address to send cards to St. Jude. Read back a ways and find you fascinating. Would like to hear updates on the pellet-fired heating system – was it worth it and what kind of problems have you had? Also, you’re a much better woman than I. I’d have already strangled the cat. I have two and love them very much, but they know waking me up is tantamount to treason – my insomnia’s bad enough on its own.

J. Lynne January 7, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Thank you. :) I guess posting the St. Jude address turned out to be a two-fold blessing. ;)

I’ll post an update about Roswell in a day or two and I have a harrowing tale about the cats to share — well, it’s more about Needy the Anxious Siamese than Aloof the Terrorist.

gadgets April 24, 2009 at 9:40 am

That’s a nice device you got for your pets. I would love to have it for my pet lab -Tyro too. He’s as mischievous as your cats. When requires a snack he goes crazy, howling like a wolf and comes jumping to the kitchen table like he knows he’ll get his snack by playing his pranks. It was reading your article though. Keep it up!

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