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Who's been eating my food scraps?

January 8th, 2012 at 02:04 pm

Every other night or so, or toward the end of the day, I put out food scraps for the critters.

It's mostly uneaten canned cat food that Luther and Waldo, being well-fed indoor cats, tend to waste. When it sits out all night uneaten, I take it away and dump it into an empty Lean Cuisine dish and often collect other scraps during the day, including stale crackers, bread crumbs and stuff like that.

I've assumed that something like an opossum, skunk or raccoon was eating it. Not sure that deer would go for cat food, although coyotes would.

This afternoon I put out a small dish with cat food and some pizza crusts. I happened to look out there just now and what should I see chomping down on the food? A neighbor's cat!

I assume it was a neighbor's cat, not a stray, because it looked well fed as far as I could tell, and not scrawny. It had no collar. While I often see 2 or 3 different local cats around here, I don't think I've ever seen what I would describe as a true homeless stray. Although I noticed it apparently ate the 2 pizza crusts; not sure a cat would eat those unless it was really hungry. And it spent quite a bit of time licking the plate, though I imagine that a cat fed only dry food would really relish the canned.

Last night, I even put out a small amount of salmon. I had some for dinner and put aside a small amount for Waldo, who is fond of it, but he ended up eating only half of it. So instead of throwing it out, I put it out with some cat food. Wonder if the same cat got that too or if I have more than one visitor?

4 Responses to “Who's been eating my food scraps?”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    Yesterday when I was dumping cans into my recycling bin, out popped a surprised squirrel. I think I was even more surprised as I jumped about three feet! Critters--

  2. baselle Says:

    We put my cat Augie on an eternal diet - so when he went outside he used to go around the neighborhood and eat. When we lived in Tucson next door to the motorcycle shop guarded by two levitating-at-the-top-of-the-fence rottweilers, Augie once slipped into that yard and snacked on their dog food! The motorcycle shop owner - a friend - told us that he held both dog collars and shooed Augie away, otherwise he would have been a side dish.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Raises hand -- my cat Kari likes pizza crusts. She is quite well fed - both dry and wet. But still goes nuts if I throw a small piece of crust on the floor for her.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I once had a well-fed cat who loved hot dog buns!

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