We have two young cats, little black snouted Siamese kittens, a boy and a girl. They are absolutely convinced they are human toddlers, and just part of the same litter as our one year old and two year old, the whole lot of them looking up to their big kid brother who is eight. Right now they are enthroned in the baby seats which we use as high chairs and general holding pens (where all other pens have failed). The kittens are usually lounging in them when we’re all in the living room area, and frequently have to be pulled out to make room for a squirmy two year old. They love being pride animals, but can be inconvenient. Squirming cat toddler in one arm, squirming human toddler in the other… while the other cat and baby watch from the chair and floor, respectively – this is a frequent after dinner scene in our home!
Moments after writing this, I was struggling with this exact situation – a hungry mischief maker in one arm, and me struggling to oust the larger male cat from the cushioned chair. I failed… and had to move on to needling the tiny girl Siamese kitten from the other. She grudgingly moved and I got the real baby strapped in. It was only one hop up onto the plush rocking chair for the kitten, so I didn’t feel bad interrupting her nap.
I had a bowl of veggie puffs out as a kid snack, and as soon as they moved on to other things, the kitten was right there with her mouth in the bowl. She was ruffling through the puffed straws with her face. She didn’t eat any, but generally they will eat most anything. They love vegetable-based meats, like the ‘chik nuggets’ that are a weekly favorite here, and have no problem snacking on a bit of wholegrain bread – with or without vegan butter! Now that we have no more meat or fish in the house, their taste buds have expanded and weekly we find them eating or trying something odd.