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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 11:12 AM Thread Starter
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Breakfast Routine

I have two cats I adopted and have been their "person" for the past three years. I love them dearly, the older one is Queenie, the younger one is Jackie. They are as different as night and day in their habits, likes, dislikes, etc., but they get along great. Almost every morning, Jackie either paws at me, kisses me or otherwise gets my attention, full well knowing that there is dry food in her bowl, but I still have to get up and go out into the kitchen where she jumps up on her table and starts to chow down. Why does she do this ? Some morning I just don't feel like getting up when she thinks it's time for her breakfast. Any idea's ?
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Re: Breakfast Routine

My cat, Nito, also loves for me to be around when he eats. He's always trying to lead me towards his food dish. Perhaps she misses you when you sleep, and just can't wait for you to hang out with her in the kitchen!

If you want to sleep in, then just try ignoring her. If she's hungry enough, she'll eat. But remember that giving in, even just once, reinforced her attention seeking waking-you-up behavior. Like the example of rats pushing a lever, and only getting a food reward randomly for it every so often- the rats will push the lever more and more to get that food. (Learned that years ago in psychology)
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