Here is Luna’s job description:
– Groom all my boys when she feels they have not bathed enough. (Which is always.)
– Prowl the house at night and attack any rogue Legos she feels may pose a threat to our family safety. (And she’s not wrong on that – I’ve stepped on so many Legos in the dark that my husband and I call them kiddie land mines.)
– Add another level of difficulty to my yoga practice. You know what they say – you can’t grow if you’re not uncomfortable!
– Drink out of the toilet often enough to remind my kids why they’re not animals.
– Not poop, pee or barf on anything since I already have enough children to do that for me.
– Tolerate being called a variety of silly, ridiculous and completely inappropriate nicknames. (Although she answers to none of them, including her own.)
– Sit on my shoulders and/or across my mouse hand when I write to make sure I’m warm. And ambidextrous.
For the most part she’s pretty great about holding up her end of the deal! In return my kids give her water, feed her and clean out her litter box every day. (And make sure she gets plenty of exercise by constantly chasing her around the house, putting bows in her fur, sticking her in the doll stroller and once trying to take her for a “walk” with a jump rope tied around her tummy – I’d feel bad for except she’s a master of escape and I swear she gets downright giddy when she gives them the slip. Girl can clearly hold her own with kids.)
Normally this arrangement goes off without a hitch but a couple of weeks ago the feeding part of the routine seemed to be failing. I’d bought a different brand of cat food this time around and it did seem clear that it wasn’t agreeing with her. (All you seasoned cat owners are yelling You fool! You should know you never mess with kitty food!) She had just been picking at it the last few days and while I know that cats can go for days without eating and be just fine, I was still worried about her. Once a mom, always a mom… even to non-humans.
So my son got out the bag, read the ingredients and hollered across the room, “I didn’t know cats ate corn!” Ugh.
“Cats really don’t eat corn,” I answered. So we were off to the store to buy Luna some dry cat food that didn’t sound like cereal.
In the pet food aisle I also picked up a few cans of SHEBA® Entrees as a treat, hoping to get her back to eating again. I never thought I’d be one of those people to spoil my pets but Luna has become such an integral part of our family – and takes such good care of my kiddos – that I felt like maybe it is time she deserved a little spoiling! Reading the ingredient list, her cat food sounded better than what I was cooking for us that night. Not only did it sound delish but since all SHEBA® recipes are formulated without corn, wheat, soy, or gluten, and never have artificial flavors or preservatives, I felt good about getting them for her. Plus, the SHEBA® brand promises that if my kitty doesn’t like their food, I’ll get my money back. Win-win!
Also: I tried a bite. Don’t judge me, I was just curious! And you know what they say about curiosity… um. It was pretty decent. I won’t let my kids eat anything without me trying it first – especially if it’s jelly beans (sacrifices, sacrifices!) – and she’s basically my 5th kid. Except she never pees on my toilet seat. And Luna agreed with me as she gobbled the GRAVY DESIRES™ chicken entrée right down and was immediately back to her gluttonous self. Now she wakes up my boys each morning by licking their heads and meowling until they get up and follow her to the cabinet where she begs for her SHEBA® cat food, just like a puppy. And now she’s back to doing yoga with me! Kitty yoga adds a certain level of difficulty (don’t step on the tail!) but makes up for it with upside-down kitty nose kisses!
How do you spoil your pets? For those of you that have cats, how do you choose what food to feed them?
This program is sponsored by SHEBA® Brand and BlogHer, I was compensated for my writing but all opinions are my own.