Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Schwartz's vs One Angry Kitty

Sophie endures a lot.  Any time she is spotted by Sarah she is immediately greeted by what can only be describe as Sarah's war cry and then chased after.  She has tolerated tail pulls and ear tugs and all without complaint.  Yet there is one thing she will not stand for: a diet.

Summer 2009 Sophie was really sick and we couldn't figure out what was wrong with her.  She dropped from her "fluffy" weight of 13 pounds down to 7 and couldn't keep any food down.  At one point she was on 3 different medications, eating a special brand of food, and we even had to take her to get endoscopy just to try to find out what was going on.  (This is also why I know for a fact we will never have another pet.)

Anyway, Sophie has miraculously recovered and is doing great.  So great that we just went in for our annual check up and vaccination boosters and aside from being told that Sophie was "hostile towards" the vet staff (no kidding!) we were told that Sophie now weighs 14.2 pounds and has to go on a diet.  Putting Sophie on a diet is like grounding a child, you're really only punishing yourself.  When Sophie's bowl is empty she goes to extreme measures to let you know how she feels about the situation.  First it starts with just following you around yelling at you.  Then she starts getting under your feet while yelling at you to make sure you know that she's there.  If you make a mistake and sit down she's immediately on you rubbing your face.  When she gets real persistent she will even try to get your attention by interacting with Sarah.  This picture was made possible because her food bowl was empty.  Since I was taking picture of Sarah, Sophie came and started rubbing on her trying to get my attention.  Silly kitty.

So Dr. Neil suggested I cut back Sophie's overall food amount and break it into 3 smaller servings instead of just feeding her twice a day.  I don't think she'll be fooled.  At least I can take some comfort in the fact that she's already taken this out on the vet staff.

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