Longtime readers know that Hazel went on a diet a year and a half ago and lost close to five pounds. That’s a lot of weight for a cat. She wasn’t happy about it but she didn’t have a choice. It’s not like she could go buy a cheesecake to eat in the closet.
In the course of gaining weight she developed thunder thighs that don’t jump. I put the food for the other cats on top of a dresser. She couldn’t jump up there.
She is capable of stretching and can climb the cat tower. The shelves are 18” apart so it’s easy. The more weight she lost the more agile she became but she still couldn’t jump 3 feet.
We recently moved the cat food feeding place onto a new cabinet in the “cat room.” It’s 38” high. It was safe from Hazel.
I was feeling a little badly for Mollie. She’s going on 13 and has to jump for dinner. I put a small stool next to the cabinet for her. It was on the side and not noticeable.
Really dumb idea.
Mollie did not like the stool and continues to jump from the floor but the stool gave Hazel a leg up. (I never said she was a dumb cat!)
For two days the cat food was completely wiped out. That is so unusual I planned to set up my sneaky camera to see who was eating it.
Didn’t have to. I came around the corner to see Hazel guzzling food with a smile on her face on top of the cabinet. Her weight gain was a half-pound but (against her will) we are working on losing it.
Moral of this story – cats are not at all dumb. They can problem-solve with the best of us especially when it involves food. She is at the store buying cheesecake as we speak.