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Not what he thought it was...

My supper tonight: leftover grilled turkey breast from last weekend. Leftover limas. Freshly cooked seared brussels sprouts.

The venue: my usual seat at the table-height breakfast counter, looking out at the front yard.

Hopeful dinner companion: Fish, a great lover of turkey.

I offered him a few tidbits of turkey which he accepted with alacrity. He then kept reminding me that he was there, in case I was moved to offer more--he does this by stretching up to put his paws on my leg, or trying a mini-claw-sharpening on my pants, or head-butting my shins. No talking, though--he's a quite silent cat, and leaves the vocalizing to Fred who more than makes up for his silence. I ignored all the additional promptings for food, being absorbed in the newspaper.

That is, until he did the paw-on-leg thing, and then I heard a SPLAT. Looked down, and Fish was investigating the brussels sprout half that he had neatly raked off the edge of the plate onto the floor. Unlucky Fish--the turkey was on the far side of the plate.

This "hook it out of the dish" is the same move he uses to try to steal food from Fred's bowl when I'm watching. (When I'm not watching, he just pushes her out of the way.) He sits a little away from the bowl, then sneaks out a long white paw and quickly rakes a piece or two of the dry food out onto the counter. He feels that once the food is on the counter, it's fair game.

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ann_mcn
Sep. 24th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
That made me laugh!
sunlizzard
Sep. 24th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
LOL! I've got two of them that use this method. And of course once they've hooked it, they look up at me like, "You don't want that now, it's been on the floor, eww. So I'll just take care of it for you...." Except that, to (hahahaha try to) teach them not to do it, I usually take the tidbit back.

If they wait patiently (hahahahaha again), they'll all get nibbles. If not, then no. Meen, meen Momm.... :)
mmegaera
Sep. 25th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
So did he actually eat the brussels sprout or did he just look at it in disgust and walk away?
nlbarber
Sep. 25th, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
He was still sniffing it when I reached down and retrieved it. I suspect he would have walked away eventually--neither of these 2 cats is a very adventurous eater. Maybe if I had dowsed the sprouts in butter...but these were pan-seared in olive oil.
filkferengi
Oct. 2nd, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
Yummy + funny = win!
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