After years of being on the slightly girthy side, she now needs to put on a bit of weight, so the vet sent me home with an assortment of cans for her to sample. You'd think I was trying to force-feed her a spoonful of cod liver oil. (Actually she would probably like that.)
I open a new can, making a bit of a fuss of how great it smells and allow her to sniff at it, which she thinks is pretty great. But when I plop a bit into a bowl, she immediately becomes suspicious, skirting widely around the bowl, stretching out her neck to get a closer look, while still allowing for a quick getaway if needed.
Finally she circles in for a little taste, but for a cat who has no problem crunching through a mouse's head with great glee or dispatching an entire bird so that only a couple of feathers are left floating in the air, she sure is retarded when it comes to eating soft cat food. She can't seem to figure out how to eat it. She'll lick at it for a while, and then get bored and walk away from it. I've tried mixing canned with some kibble to make it easier to pick up, but by now she is entirely not sold on this whole canned cat food business.
I also got some samples of a calorically-dense kibble for her to try, so I have been hand-feeding her this large kibble one piece at a time, just like the treats that she normally gets. For a while I thought I was going to be adding "cat feeding" to my skills list on my resume and was already envisioning myself having to turn down social engagements in order to stay home to hand-feed the cat, but fortunately she has now figured out how to eat the kibble from the bowl. A+!
But if you see me buying a couple of budgies and mice at the pet store, just don't ask, okay?
How weird is your pet?