One incredibly smart blind cat
For more than a year now, twice a day I open a tin of wet food and shut Little Mouse and the food in the toilet room together as the wild, jealous herd of other cats crouch outside the door. They mill, cry plaintively, and scratch at the door. After about 15 minutes, I grab Mischa and wade through the crowd of cats to open the door a crack and stuff him through so that he can eat the approximately half can that Mousie always leaves behind. He only needs about 2 minutes of private time with the food before he’s scarfed it all down. When Little Mouse’s gums get really bad between his steroid shots, I do this 3 and sometimes 4 times a day, depending on how much he can tolerate getting down and usually he only eats the juice around the food itself at that point.
In the last 2 weeks or so, however, the door has popped open after only 5 or so minutes of Mousie being shut in there. I’ll look up to see Mousie strolling across the living room floor and groan, knowing that Batya, Muffin, and Flossie at least are in there scarfing the food meant for Mischa and thinking they’d also chased the little blind Mouse away from his food. One of my cats clearly discovered how to jump up and hit the door handle to get the door open. From the outside, hitting the handle and with the press of the cats clustered outside the door would make it open quite easily.
I’ve just finished putting Mousie in with the fifth can of food today because the door was opened so quickly after getting him in there each time. This time I played goalie on the outside to keep whichever of my clever cats had learned this trick at bay. Pop, paw emerged, door opened a crack and out came Little Mouse. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine it was the blind cat who figured this out. Never did I think it was not only the blind cat but the blind cat opening it from inside the room –a much trickier trick to be sure.
Mousie may be blind as a bat but he clearly has Batcat skills. My little kitty superhero is too smart by half!