Because of my carelessness, this morning Basement Cat got to eat all the kibble he wanted. This was quite a lot of kibble.

He has been remarkably sweet and placid all day.

Lest you think we have been starving him, he has been at a stable, healthy, vet-approved weight all his adult life. But his normal diet is canned food, and what he really loves is crunchies. We use kibble to reward him for good behavior and to lure him to his room at bedtime.

That may not work today.

It’s not the first time I’ve wondered if it might be better to have a fat and happy cat than a healthy aggressive cat. The thing is, we had a diabetic cat once, and we don’t want to go there again (especially because Basement Cat would likely be much less good about insulin shots than our former cat). Diabetes is commoner among cats, especially neutered males, than you might think.

Still . . . a placid Basement Cat is a different critter.

4 thoughts on “Who needs Prozac?

  1. I, too, have faced that dilemma. Do I want my cat to live a longer, healthier life, and therefore feed him enough but not too much; or do I want him to shut the hell up with meowing for more food? Hmmm…

  2. Hiya! Just popping by to note that I finally got around to following you (sounds oddly stalker-ish); thanks for your helpful suggestions re: powerpoint substitutes; the need to own up (or come up with a nifty excuse) in the writing group is what keeps me working; and Basement Cat sounds a lot like Mynx – though she has a tendency to run at (just missing) us as some form of punishment. We're still working out quite how that is meant to work…

  3. I wonder this at about 3 PM whenever I'm working at home: I won't feed the cats their evening meal until at least 4 (it's often later, when I'm teaching). If I'm at home, I have a different kind of writing help…

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