Join Date: May 2008
Location: St. Albert, AB, Canada
I have four cats as well and I cook with them all out and about.
The only thing I actually put any of them away for is when I'm doing serious cleaning, then I put the boys away. Otherwise they have to 'help', aka pat what I'm wiping, put fresh nose-prints on clean windows, pat the water in the bucket, ect.
I don't give them samples very often, and when I do they always do something in return. So I'll ask each of them for one of their tricks, then everyone gets a little bite of whatever I'm cooking. I'd say less than once a week.
About once a month i cook something that has some component to it that they can eat with their dinner, so I'll save a portion and divide it into their meal portion later. Things like shrimp (1/2 shrimp per cat), salmon or trout (I always buy whole so I save the heads, tails, and other trimmings to be chopped up and mixed into their meal), anything with hamburger means I set aside tiny bits of it, um...that sort of thing. Oh! Raw eggs (less than once a month) I split 2 eggs between all four cats, whisked together then poured over their dinner as 'sauce', lol.
With all of that they don't beg when I'm cooking. The only time any of them is annoying is if I leave the kitchen for too long (which results in kitties sniffing what ever's cooking, and me having a minor heart attack when I find a cat stealing piping hot food from the pan...*sigh*), or if I bake. Doran has a thing about flour...if I leave the container on the counter and turn around he's got his front two paws and his whole muzzle stuffed into the bin. Seriously, why does he like it!? But he does, it's weird. If I leave loose flour on the counter, like if I've been kneading bread and wasn't quite done, I come back to find the flour spread out as far as possible and flour-y prints EVERYWHERE. And Doran. Sitting innocently in the middle of the kitchen. Flour on his whole face and up to his elbows. *sigh*
Becky and the cats: Jitzu (11), Torri (9), Doran (8 ), and Muffin (8 )
The boys at 8 - not