|Thackeray and Laoise "patiently" waiting for Sasha to finish.|
The placement of the tumor means that Sasha has much more tolerance for canned cat food. I should say from the outset that I am vegan and all my pets (3 cats and 2 dogs) eat dry food. But I love Sasha so much and want her to have what she needs, so I am feeding her (many times throughout each day) canned prescription diet A/D critical care food. I have to admit that it doesn't smell as "bad" to me as many canned pet foods, but it is a challenge.
When I get the food out for Sasha, of course, the other two come running and as you can probably tell from the photo, neither of them needs to put on weight. So now comes the training part (can anyone really train a cat?)! With my careful monitoring, of course, we have devised a system where the dogs know they are not partaking of anything at this moment in time so they can just be content with the dry food in their bowl. Meanwhile, both Thackeray and Laoise are learning that Sasha is to be left alone to eat as much as she wishes to eat. When she is done, then whatever is left is fair game for them (and usually Laoise gets most of that).
It seems to be working and I don't have to remind Laoise and Thackeray about the rules as often, and as long as I stay close by they are respectful. This means that of necessity, I am spending much more time each day in my kitchen area, but this still does not mean I'm cooking!