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Old 01-07-2013, 08:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cat goes NUTS when I cook...

Seriously.. Nuts!!!
Especially when I make something involving chicken or fish, it seems like a slow torture for him. He can definitely smell it, and wants some of it.. He is begging for some of human food.

Now a question.. should I give in and give him some of it? Or will it just enforce the behavior? I do not mind giving him some salt-free spice-free chicken stock, but I also do not know if in the future he will think it is ok to meow for as long as it takes to get a treat?

He has a canned food diet, a great variety of flavors, sometimes with dome quality dry food mixed in... So I don't think his own cat food is lacking in any way..

How do you deal with cooking at home and cat smelling the tasty human food?
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sam goes crazy whenever he hears the can opener! Personally, I think it is cute that he knows that the can opener means tuna so I always allow him to lick out the container. However, if my cat went absolutely insane about it, I'm not sure I would want to give the reward...
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haha yes... I bet mine will figure out the can opener thing soon enough. Now he is also obsessed with me being in the kitchen. He thinks whenever I am there, I must be making his food...
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Why of course you are you are the slave after all :p
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Haha my dog does this anytime we cook anything but the cats only do this when we cook something they like, I.e. chicken, salmon, beef and it probably re-enforces bad behaviour but when they peek their heads over the table(they never climb on it) it's so adorable I can't resist. :p
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We have 4 cats so if I want to get anything done, they need to go in another room temporarily. I tried cooking with them out a few times and either I stepped on tails, kicked into them or they tried jumping on the counter to steal scraps. It was just too much going on so now, they get dinner first and then they go into the bedroom until we are done ourselves.
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Sam goes crazy whenever he hears the can opener! Personally, I think it is cute that he knows that the can opener means tuna so I always allow him to lick out the container. However, if my cat went absolutely insane about it, I'm not sure I would want to give the reward...
I always squeeze the tuna water into a small bowl for my cat. She LOVES it! However you have to be sure to get tuna packed in water, not oil.
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I have never had a problem with my cats when I am cooking,even if it is something that they really like.
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I always squeeze the tuna water into a small bowl for my cat. She LOVES it! However you have to be sure to get tuna packed in water, not oil.
We always buy it packed in water Yesterday I was opening a can and they hadn't finished their dinner yet- dumped the juice on their remaining dry food and they absolutely loved it!!!
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We always buy it packed in water Yesterday I was opening a can and they hadn't finished their dinner yet- dumped the juice on their remaining dry food and they absolutely loved it!!!
so is tuna juice ok for them? salt-wise?
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