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Fuzzychops has found hers and I really wish she had not.

It started with her new insistence on eating tuna, and only tuna, and not tuna that's been left out for more than oooh...say....50 seconds.

Okay, maybe an hour or so, depending on the weather.

She used to be an outside cat, and an outside cat that only ate dried food. Then an inside cat, but still one that only ate dried food. Don't get me wrong, she didn't eat if it had been in the bowl too long, and she frequently would only eat one crunch of each cookie then reject the sizeable crumbs, but it worked okay.

But now it has to be on demand and she has learnt how to demand.

She used to have quiet miaows. She'd look at you, open her mouth, and a little squeak would come out. Now when she miaows, you can feel her working on the timbre of the sound.

She's clearly enjoying the sensations.

And she now employs her newfound voice for non-food related reasons. After only her second unsupervised spell outdoors here, she started telling me when she'd like to go outside please. There also seems to be an issue with me disappearing out to the shed for more than a minute or two (initially I thought maybe there was a teething baby in a neighbouring house. No. It's my cat. Sorry neighbours.)

I have sussed out that she's not deaf (mildly perhaps), and that the tuna can be made acceptable for a bit longer if I put an ice block on it. It seems she likes it not just moist, but chilled as well.

I think some of her non-responsiveness to me in recent weeks was more about general mistrust and unhappiness at being moved again than not being able to hear me. Poor thing. She's still somewhat twitchy. On the plus side, the sunny outside space is cheering her greatly.

Date: 2013-03-19 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] villana.livejournal.com
Does she sound as weird as this cat? http://youtu.be/wq8C-vlW_DI

Date: 2013-03-19 10:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] splodgenoodles.livejournal.com
You've got me there - no.

Was that cat raised in a barn?

By sheep?

Date: 2013-03-19 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pondhopper.livejournal.com
She's getting on in years, isn't she? Cats do seem to get more demanding as they age...in my experience, anyway.It's kind of like older people in that they often get more demanding and it's their right!
Is she quiet at night?

Date: 2013-03-19 12:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] splodgenoodles.livejournal.com
Indeed yes. And for all my complaining, I am quite prepared to indulge her.

She's quiet at night, but she does have a distinct preference for an early(to me) breakfast.

And I swear a few times she's just decided it was time I was out of bed.

Date: 2013-03-20 01:30 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] 17catherines.livejournal.com
I love your description of her enjoying the sound and feel of her own voice. Yay, opera cat!

(we have two opera cats. It can be quite hard to take, at times. But at least we were never accustomed to *quietness* from them)

Date: 2013-03-20 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadow-5tails.livejournal.com
We had the opposite sort of thing. Rhatu started his life with us in fine voice, and somewhere along the way started to make little squeaky noises that were so cute, we inadvertently positively reinforced them to the point where by now, they're so pathetic that they're sometimes completely silent.

He still remembers his full voice, though, and doesn't hesitate to use it whenever he feels it necessary. (Which for us does include in the middle of the night. Ah, well.)


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