Adventures of Chloe and Oscar: An Exhausted Pet Owner and Human Food

Two topics of conversation for this week: pet communication and human food.

One of the only downfalls of being a pet owner is that it’s really difficult to communicate with your pet seeing as they don’t talk or really understand anything you want/need them to cooperate with. I have to say, I am a little exhausted after this week with my pets. Oscar falls in to this category. He was doing really well with the pills for his overactive thyroid until I came back from a mini three day vacation.


I had a trusted friend taking care of the locals (Chloe and Oscar). She has a cat of her own and loves cats. Additionally, she knows how to make sure Chloe stays in line (sometimes she likes guests… other times she is heavily offended). I made a video of Oscar’s routine when it came to taking his medicine so she had a visual. However, when I was gone….. he apparently decided that he was going to switch up the game which made it difficult for my friend to get him to cooperate. There is one other thing he dislikes more than going to the vet and that is being held or picked up. He’s never liked it and some cats just don’t. Instead of making him anxious about taking these pills I knew the time had come to switch to the other form of treatment which is a gel that you rub in to their ears. If he doesn’t like this, he will have to get over it. However, I’m sure this is going to be an interesting experience because I’m going to be gone for an entire week soon and he is going to have to get on board with the medicine train.


Moving on to the topic of human food. Chloe has always been more curious about human food.

Sometimes, it’s pizza with green peppers on it, sometimes it’s cereal and other times it’s a turkey sandwich. I’m not sure why she’s interested in pizza because she knows that she will never get any. I’m pretty sure the only reason she’s shown an interest in cereal is because she wants to tip the bowl over which is a common theme in the apartment. Her obsession and admiration for turkey sandwiches is understandable, but also highly inconvenient. It’s like she knows I’m making one by simply opening the fridge. Just picture yourself opening the fridge, everything is silent… then you suddenly feel as if you are being watched. It’s creepy, and Chloe has gotten her tail stepped on (by complete accident of course) for being too skilled at ninja stealth mode. One minute the coast is clear, the next not so much.  I’ve gotten pretty good at creating diversions in order to make a sandwich in peace. Sometimes this involves utilizing her weakness for wet cat food. The moment I tap on a can of that, her attention is immediately diverted even though she has a full dish of cat food…which is the same flavor as the wet food.


Do any of your pets have a particular obsession for a certain type of food? Be sure to check out the amazing pets and upcoming events at Texas Humane Heroes!