17 May The Kitten Chronicles: No Choice
When we first got Baby, she was still a kitten and it had been decades since we had a cat. So much has changed since then. When we last had a feline friend we were living in New York City and now we are in rural New Jersey. From cat food to kitty litter, there were so many new choices and we had no idea where to start. So we asked friends and thankfully they let us know what their pets enjoyed and even loaned us a cat carrier for transporting Baby to her new home.
Finding a veterinarian was a bit daunting, too, not because they are rare, but because there were so many to choose from within a short distance from our home. We searched online (also something not available in the 80s), read lots of reviews and chose Dr. Ross by following our gut.
For more than a year we never met Dr. Ross in person, but Baby did. For shots and checkups, we brought her to the vet clinic and a staff member brought her inside as they followed distancing protocols due to the pandemic. Then Dr Ross phoned us to follow up after each visit and to answer any questions.
One night, we had some extra “people food” and we thought that Baby might like it as a treat. So we chopped it up fine and put some in her bowl. But shortly thereafter, she became a picky eater, turning up her tail and refusing to eat.
Dr. Ross cleared that up for us when we had our next chat. He recommended that “treats” be limited to kisses and cuddles and regarding food, choose something she likes and stick with it.
“If you give her a choice,” he said, “you train her to be picky. She doesn’t need variety. Variety leads to confusion.”
Shortly thereafter we gave away the extra varieties of food and stuck to one flavor and brand of wet food and one of kibble. Now, Baby always has a healthy appetite. She knows what to expect and eats when she is hungry.
Simplicity at its best.