Its 3:37 am
Most people use or have a alarm clock to help them get up in the morning. I have one as well but I never have to use it. You see,Paladin,my cheetah,is my alarm clock. Every morning for the past couple of years the cheetah has woken me with his meows. Often times I feel he is checking up on me,making sure I’m here on planet Earth.
During this time I have been paying attention to his meows and how he uses it.
Most meows are used to get me up and give him treats,if I have opened a bag of Temptation turkey treats,the meow is very strident and he won’t stop until he gets his treat. Sometimes he’ll meow until he sees me move and then he’ll go back downstairs and wait til I get up.
Now Lori and I always made sure that our cats (and cheetah) had a full bowl because we both worked long hours and we always wanted them to have food.
So I do this even now….and I started noticing something about Paladin that I didn’t know,he has food security anxiety. Now he has a pretty deep bowl and he enjoys IAMS food. He likes to flick his food outside his bowl and eat off the ground.
I started noticing his “turkey” meow was being used whenever he could see the bottom of his bowl,even if there was still food in it,his bowl is never competely empty. I would get up and go downstairs and give him his treats. But he will stay with me if the bottom is showing,I’ll grab The Cup and head down to the basement where I keep his food. He’ll run down the stairs and proceed to meow 1-2 times and flop on his side.
I’ll refill his water in the basement and then pat my leg and say “Let’s go cheetah!!” and he’ll walk up the stairs and watch me pour his food into his bowl. Now does he eat right away? No,he never does,he’ll either go get his treats or go to his favorite solaring spot. He just wants to know that his food bowl is full.
I don’t know Paladin’s history but I suspect he was a owner surrender,Huron Valley wouldn’t share that info with me when I adopted him but watching him I know his old owner used to let him go outside. I’m thinking he didn’t get fed as much as he should have or he had to compete for food sources which may have caused his intolerance toward other cats. Needless to say,I am taking steps to reassure him he will eat before me when it comes to that.
He has lost his winter fur and is much more active now that summer is here. I’ll try and post some new pictures next week.