I’d like to submit my kitty, Talia, for the category “Smartest Cat in the World”
Background: About a year and a half ago I bought an automatic pet feeder. Best thing ever! It gives her food every four hours, just little bits at a time. So it manages her intake for controlling her weight, AND keeps her from waking me up in the wee hours of the morning. Brilliant! Earlier this year the spout broke off (it was cracked) and she figured out where the food comes from. She’d dig her little paws into the hole, drawing out the food. Finally, I got a new spout, and eventually a new unit altogether, when the motor in the old one stopped working. No more freebies! Or so I thought….
Initial evidence: Since getting the new unit arrived, my baby hasn’t stopped trying to dig the food out, pawing at the spout, trying to fit her paws up into it. It’s really quite funny to watch. Then last week I come home and one of the side wings of the spouts has broken off (hard to explain, but it covers up the gap between where the spout starts and the main unit). It’s hard to believe it just broke off at random. There must have been a flaw in the plastic, because I can’t believe she would have the strength to break it off. So she was able to get a few pieces out at a time. No big deal.
Qualifying Incident: Last night her 10pm feeding goes off, but not much food is coming out. I look at the unit and the food isn’t evenly spread out. A funnel effect has occurred. I shake it to smooth it out, and at the same time, some food drops out into her dish. Tally is ecstatic. I go to bed, she comes with me, and all is well. Just before 4:30, I wake up and go to the washroom. She hopped down and went downstairs. I get back and bed and am just about back asleep when I hear this thumping noise, followed by a rattle sound. Four times this happens, and then it came to me! She’s shaking the feeder to get the food out! She figured out, by watching me, that if she jiggles the feeder, she’ll get her reward. I was shocked. Seriously shocked. Is this normal feline behavior? I know cats are smart, but come on! That’s just genius. I didn’t see exactly what she was doing do shake it, but guaranteed I’ll be trying to get video of it.
So there you have it. The smartest cat ever. On the one hand, I’m a proud mama. On the other, I’m not quite sure what this will do to her waistline….or to my sleep. The thumping was quite loud.