Do You Have A Way To Call Your Pets For Meals?

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  1. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Well-Known Member
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    My last two cats were free fed all their lives. I learned early it wasn't going to work with these two. They were eating constantly so they are on a feeding schedule.

    I've always called them with "OK kittens LETS GO!" They also know "small snack"

    I have to watch it sometimes because they really recognize these words. The other day I said "kittens doing ok" and they flew toward their eating area when it wasn't time to eat.

    They'll always be kittens to me. They are 6 now.
     
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    I never had to call my cats...when they heard me opening their food, they came. Pickles only comes if he hears me opening any people food.

    Doesn't run to his food, eats it when he feels like it.

    His ears perk up to the words eat, treat and chicken.
     
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    Izzy is always by my side, so there is no need to call him, and he knows that if mommy is eating, so is he. :rolleyes:

    But there are times when I get hung up in whatever I'm doing, and I forget to put his food out. If I haven't done so by 2:00, Izzy will crawl into my lap, then get right up in my face, and he starts licking his lips until I get the idea. :confused:
     
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    Chipper always has small-kibble dry food so that he and Tootsie can snack anytime during the day that they are hungry. Since Chipper is old now, and can't chew like he used to, he also gets soft canned food once a day.
    First thing in the morning, when I get my cup of coffee, Chipper wants his bowl of cream; so I put a little bit of kibble in his bowl to soften it, and add the cream. If I am out of cream, then he will settle for milk; but he much prefers cream, the thicker the better.
    Whenever we eat anything, Chipper always shares my meal, and there are leftovers that both Chipper and Tootsie can have, too. At bedtime, after they have made their last trip outside, they both have a part of a hot dog for their bedtime treat.
    When we still had Twiggy, she and Tootsie would start hanging around my chair and telling me that it was bedtime, any time after 8PM. They just loved those bedtime snacks ! !
     
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    I forgot to add that Pickles eats with me also. No matter what I'm eating he gets a little of it if it's ok for dogs.
     
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    Lordy do we not spoil our furry friends:)Radar expects dinner at 4:30pm. If I forget he will come set in front of me and look over in direction of his bowl.Or he will come to me dancing around until I have filled his bowl.Even if left overs in his bowl..he wants fresh:).Radar thinks he is a cat...he crawls around on the recliner until he has positioned hisself on arm rest. If you have a snack he thinks he should have some also.Wish I could clone him...wonderful loveable little ChiWeenie!
     
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    Pickles gives his empty bowl a kick with his nose. It's ceramic and on my tile floor so it makes lots of noise...I'm surprised he hasn't broken it yet.
     
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    161202_111359_COLLAGE-1-1.jpg Radar the wonder dog
     
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    Hollering "food food" at 5pm brings Ranger running doing 60MPH for his canned food. The rest of the day he is satisfied with dry.

    Yelling "milky" he knows he gets to lap up the remnants of the cereal bowl.
     
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    60 MPH! I can just picture it. :)
     
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    Mine also...Radar likes to clean out the yogurt carton... small ones and his tiny face looks funny stuck in there:D
     
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    Ha ha, Pickles doe the same thing. :)
     
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    Looks like our pets have US pretty well trained! I keep their food in the pots and pan cupboard where I go the least. Sometimes if I go in that cupboard they are on it but they also recognize "NO" and seem to understand no food at the time.

    I'll let my tabby lick the plate sometimes. My calico is not so interested. My tabby has pawed food off my plate a few times.
     
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    Yep, it amazes me how well Pickles knows my routine and where I keep things...they are SMART!
     
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    Radar is very cute! Love the ears.
     
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    As it should be! I know there are people who would disagree but I'm all for it.
     
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    Izzy gets a broiled chicken thigh daily, and in the last year he has started to eat a bit of kibble. :oops: I only buy the newer brands of kibble that incorporate meat and veggies, mainly because Izzy just wouldn't eat the brands that were full of wheat, rice, or other fillers. :rolleyes:

    Of course I run into people all of the time, that insist that people food is bad for dogs or cats. :eek: My furbabies have always lived well past the time frame that is expected. :) So I ask those people what they thought dogs and cats ate before canned, (At first it was horse meat.), or dry pet food was introduced in the 1930's. I've never seen a dog eat wheat, rice, or those other fillers while outside. :confused:
     
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    Thank you..he is named after Radar on MASH :p
     
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    Growing up, our cats were barn cats, although I snuck them into the house often. They weren't regularly fed since they hunted for most of their meals, but we did feed them sometimes, particularly in the winter. I guess there are only so many mice that can live in a barn full of cats. Then, we'd call "Here, kitty, kitty, kitty... real fast and they'd all come running.

    That has worked for my cats but since they are free-fed kibble, they're not all that anxious for meal times. When they are, they'll hear the can snap as it pops open or, even before that, they'll hear me cleaning their bowls out for them. Except for Cutie of course, since she's deaf. I often to looking for her, and carry her over to the bowl. Ella is a grazer. I have rarely seen her eat more than one or two bites at a time.

    They know their names. The problem with cats is that they don't feel obligated to respond. Before Cutie went deaf, I tried it several times. All the cats would be lying in the living room floor or couch. Whenever I whispered, very quietly, the name of one of them, her ear would twitch. Cutie was the only one who would actually look at me, mostly, but they knew I was calling their name.

    So, I can say, "Lydia, are you hungry? There's food." If she's hungry, she'll come. Otherwise, she'll ignore me, whether she understood me or not.

    Interestingly, yesterday one of the pop-up tabs broke on a cat food can so I used the electric can opener. Although it's been years since I have used an electric can opener to open a can of cat food, Lydia came running from wherever she was, remembering back twenty years ago, or so, before cat food cans came with pop tops. She's not that anxious for food anymore so I'm thinking her head had stored the idea that this was a good sound, and not necessarily that it meant food.
     
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    Every morning when we get up Radar gets up sits in door way of kitchen waiting for his treat...a tiny baby carrot. ;)
     
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    That's a good healthy treat, Pickles likes the baby carrots also.
     
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    Here's a picture I thought looked like your pickles @Chrissy Cross IMG_3368.JPG
     
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    Yep @Kate Ellery ...that's what he looked like when he was younger. :)

    Now my baby is getting grey. :(
     
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    My dog always has an eye on whatever I am doing so I don't have to call her; she knows and just waits for me to set her bowl down for her.:D
     
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