I was looking at Shadow and Darwin yesterday and marveling at their growth. I brought both home about four months ago and my have they changed.
Even though they were already adult cats both benefited from regular meals and loving care. Shadow benefited a wee too much and needs to go on a diet. .. I shall cross that desert at another time.
Darwin is no longer frightful and shy except when it comes to mealtimes. That I just don't understand yet.
Shadow has toned down his aggressive behavior somewhat. He knows there's a fly swatter with his name on it.
There's no progress during mealtimes though. I still have to be the lunchroom monitor because Shadow has picked up this new habit. Growling while he eats.
He literally sounds like an idling Harley Davidson hawg in my kitchen. I don't know if it's meant to intimidate Darwin ir not but when I hear it I yell at Shadow to stop.
The last few times I did that Shadow fled the kitchen leaving his half finished fiid behind. You'd never guess what happened next. Darwin calmly eased over and finished off the rest of Shadow's abandoned meal. A minute later Shadow comes flying back in to an empty bowl and looks at me pleadingly.
My answer? Bad behavior equals no food.
Hopefully Shadow has now learned what it's like to be on the receiving end of having all of his food eaten. Knowing him it may take a few more of these incidents to get the message across....
My late Mom used to have a saying: Hard head equals soft behind. In Shadows case its: Hard head equals empty stomach.....