A Moving Tale of Cheese

I love cats, but there’s one thing they do that annoys me…

Picture this. You are relaxing in your favourite spot, savouring your cappuccino cheese. You adore cappuccino cheese, and it’s all yours. Nobody else is to share. Every single morsel and crumb of it is to count. You will not gobble it up in a hurry, or eat it with bread, or drown it in white sauce, or throw it away – it must not be wasted.

And then the cat comes along. He sniffs – vaguely at first, then more and more insistently, pushing his head between you and your book. “What’s that? Smells very good. Can I have some?”

At first you refuse, moving your cheese well out of his reach, but he keeps pawing, and pushing, and finally curls up, looking disappointed. You feel mean. “Did I just tell him he can never in his life have cappuccino cheese, just because I want it all?”

So you sneak him a tiny little bit from the sharp white cheese side (rather than from the brown cappuccino side). It’s tiny because cats have a nasty habit of deciding they don’t like it after all – better to waste a really tiny bit rather than a bigger bit.

He sucks it up and smacks his lips. “Hmm, that was good. Any more where that came from?” He jumps up eagerly. “More – I MUST have more! That was marvellous!”

You give him a bigger bit this time. He sniffs it, and rolls it about, and then goes back to sleep without eating it.

You nudge him unbelievingly. “What’s this – you said you would cry if you didn’t get my cheese, and now you have it, you don’t want it?”

All you get in response is a sleepy grin.

I mentioned this later to Mum, still seething at the waste of my cheese, and she said hers do that to her all the time. They keep popping up their heads, saying “throw us another little bit of that, that’s very nice,” and then she stands up and finds food lying all over the floor, with the cats blinking innocently in the middle of it. “What – no more? Aw, that’s a bummer.”

Comments for this entry (during its previous life on Blogigo):

1. Pacian wrote at Apr 3, 2007 at 14:50: They want to be given the opportunity. But that doesn’t mean they want to take it.

2. Diddums wrote at Apr 3, 2007 at 15:01: My cappuccino cheeeeese! (Wails…)

3. kateblogs wrote at Apr 3, 2007 at 18:11: Yes, as Pacian said – cats like to have the opportunity to share your cheese, but they don’t necessarily want to eat the cheese.

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