This is Monkey: a cat betrayed by the humans who love her best.
It’s the pet shop woman who’s ultimately to blame. She told us that dry cat food with a high meat content is nutritious, great for their teeth, and more slimming than the stuff we had been buying them. Sure, it’s ten times more expensive, but she said it practically pays for itself.
And it actually did. The cats loved their new kibble, yet were satiated faster and for longer than on their previous food. They only needed a tiny bit each day. Monkey started shedding her flab and looking as svelte as she had in her adolescence. Pochi, who had been underweight, got heavier.
The change, however, led to diarrhoea. The pet shop was running an offer on sachets of uber-posh high-meat-content moist cat food, so Bunty picked up a few and gave one to the cats. The diarrhoea disappeared. So did their liking for the kibble. Now all they wanted was the sachets.
Bunty gave them what they asked for. Their appetite for the stuff was insatiable. They polished it off in no time at all, and Bunty went out to buy more. The offer had ended on the uber-posh stuff, so Bunty bought a shedload of Felix sachets for them. Felix is sort of posh.
Having yowled at us for twenty minutes this morning to wake up and feed them, they each took one bite of their breakfast Felix, decided it wasn’t food, and continued to yowl.
They are now on hunger strike, and we have 95 sachets of Felix to get through.