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Are you a prowler or a beggar?

Xena demonstrates one of the approved kitten routines for reminding humans that a promised meal time is long overdue: The Prowl. Eye contact with the human should be maintained for as long as possible with occasional shocked glances into the empty food bowl. Leg rubbing is allowed, as is purring. In fact anything is allowed if it gets the human's attention - except sitting still.

Which is another routine altogether, with a different set of rules as Kai demonstrates The Sad But Well-Behaved Beggar. Eye contact is essential, as is silence, the sitting position and large sad eyes. The only part of the kitten that can move is the head - which tracks the human around the room until guilt consumes the food bearer and the holy bowl is filled.

Under extreme conditions - hunger or the day has a 'y' in it - The Leaning Prayer routine is allowed. Kai and Xena demonstrate this extreme form of begging below.

Note Xena's perfect form - the straight back, the front paws brought together in prayer, the raised tail. Kai's form is less classical, adopting the more modern approach of grasping the bowl with both front paws. Many judges would dock him a point for that.

And finally, we have Kai demonstrating the approved kitten stance when protecting your human's food. The nose should never be more than an inch away from the rim. Any further and a predator - a dog, a burglar or even another kitten - could sneak in and steal a slurp.

And, remember, food tasting is an important part of a kitten's job. Humans may not appreciate it but poisoners are everywhere and the only way to keep your human safe and available for food collection runs to the supermarket is to occasionally dunk your paw into his or her bowl. They'll thank you for it in the end.

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Date:November 22nd, 2006 01:40 pm (UTC)

The food demonstration

We have an additional style for this. Our cats will march up and down in front of our bedroom, meowing, till the holy bowl is filled.

There's also the food-glaring-into-existence. This is for the "not our cats" outside. They'll lie down at the kitchen window, right where I need to be to make my tea, and glare at me. "We know you have food, and we will get it" is the look.
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Date:November 22nd, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
hahahaha, i love it! both of mine are prowlers/howlers - i can usually get a cat symphony (my roommate's cat joins in occasionally) while they try to trip me to get me to drop the food. you think they never eat!

And my Benny loves to dunk a paw in anything i'm eating. sometimes, he just reaches at what I'm eating to get my attention to tell me he wants some. What a little beggar!
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Date:November 22nd, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
i love your cat stories and your writing style! (i followed your link from kittypix.)
Date:November 22nd, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Mine don't beg. They just bite my ankles.
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Date:November 22nd, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Great. Post.
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Date:November 23rd, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
Wonderful picturess and writing!
Date:November 26th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)

from the House of the Mostly Black Cats

Oh that's good advice for us. We're taking notes!

Thanks for joining us for Weekend Cat Blogging #77 at House of the (Mostly) Black Cats!
Sanjee, Boni, Mini, Pepi and Gree
Date:November 28th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)


I love the pictures of your cats. They are gorgeous.
Date:December 2nd, 2006 02:36 am (UTC)


When were you here watching my cat?

The only step I'd add is the threat that they're gonna begin eating the dry food.

Leila V
Date:December 11th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)

Meal Time Etiquette: A Kitten's Guide

Your writing is excellent, as is your understanding of the feline mind. I love your posts.

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