I was involved in my own stuff. Wasn’t paying attention. Always pay attention or you lose ground.
After a week of wallowing in self-indulgence it was time. Surgery always makes me lose weight. Unfortunately it doesn’t have that effect on those around me.
Grabbing a mildly chubby cat for the weekly weigh-in, I knew something was amiss. The ribs had moved further into the body. Initial weighing (that’s with me and her on the scale) showed nothing different.
That’s because I lost weight.
She didn’t. That’s an understatement. Miss Chubster gained a half pound!
Time for the talk.
Kate: Hazel, how did you gain a half pound?
Hazel: Miss Kate, I don’t think I did. I have been very constipated and I’m also retaining water. It’s been hard managing the cats without you this past week.
Kate: If you were so constipated, what were those big poop plops in the box?
Hazel: Maybe Jake?
Kate: Nope, diabetic poops are a different color.
Hazel: You know you look good in that shirt. That’s a great color for you.
Kate: You are trying to deflect. You have been stealing food again. Hoovering around behind my back.
Hazel: No! I wasn’t stealing food. I was cleaning up after everyone while you were incapacitated. It was just disgusting how the other cats leave food in their dishes! What about all those starving cats in…..wherever they are these days. Doesn’t that deserve a treat? *looks very hopeful*
Kate: *scowling* You do understand that this will mean cut backs. We can’t lose the ground we worked so hard to win. We’re waiting for that modeling contract any day now.
Hazel: I don’t know why you don’t like chubby cats. We are adorable. Just ask Morris.
And so it goes. We will work out of this minor setback. It taught me not to divert my attention for a minute. Hazel’s diet is almost a full-time job.
Managing the food for four cats can get….interesting. Two of the cats have their food on top of dressers and counters that Hazel can’t climb to reach but that doesn’t stop her from raiding what she can.
She can slink into the wallpaper undetected to move from one cat dish to another. Each one is in a different room. One minute she’s a grey tabby, the next she’s a field of dogwood blossoms. Very chubby dogwood blossoms.