I have been around cats all my life and feel like I have gotten to know them quite well. I have nearly always had an indoor cat in my life — that we’ve had since birth and so I knew that when Puff passed away, I would want another cat in our life.
It’s been about a month since we welcomed Ariel into our home. We adopted this 2-and-a-half year old cat from the animal shelter who was brought to them about a month prior after being found on the street.
She had a bladder infection and a cat cold and had been waiting there for her forever-home when we went in to visit.
I’ve said before that it was love at first sight and in the month that she’s been a part of our family, it’s been really amazing. We all love her like crazy and I am not sure I’ve ever known a more affectionate cat.
There are some interesting behaviors she has though that I am not used to dealing with. When I think about what her life may have been like before she became a part of our family, this strange behavior totally makes sense.
She is food scavenger. She likes to dig through garbage bags and can be quite aggressive about trying to steal food off our plates. I can only imagine that when she was a stray, she had to eat and take what she could find, when she could find it and she’s still got that mentality.
She’s well fed and generally seems quite comfortable and happy, but we’ve got to be careful cause this little one will eat right through a garbage bag if she smells food.
I am hoping that overtime when she realizes she doesn’t have to EAT ALL THE THINGS all the time, that she will calm this behavior down. In the meantime, we’ve been giving her gentle taps on the head when she’s getting a little too close to our dinner plate.
:: Do any of you have any cats who have exhibited similar behavior? ::
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