Their Cat Would Repeatedly Scream for Food at 6 AM, Preventing Them from Sleeping in On Weekends – Why Was His Suggestion to Use an Auto-Feeder so Problematic?

A man and his wife lived happily together with their beloved cat. Much like the majority of cats, their feline was completely obsessed with food, and its desires would soon become so significant that it would cause a mild spat between the couple.

Weekday Routine

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On weekdays, the cat’s food needs were met without issue. “Monday-Friday my wife wakes up for work first at around 6:00 am and feeds the cat”, the man explained. 

Weekend Lay-ins

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The man continued to explain that weekends were a very different story: “On weekends, we both try to sleep in, so come 6:01 am our kitty alarm clock goes off and won’t shut up until one of us gets up to feed him”, he continued. “He will literally cry for 2 hours straight if we try to ignore him.”

The Introduction of a Solution

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In a quest to regain their weekend slumber, the couple tried out a timed self-feeder designed for vacations. To their delight, the cat’s relentless wake-up routine seemed to subside, as the automated device reliably dispensed food at the usual breakfast hour. 

The Man’s Joy

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The man himself saw this as an absolute game-changer. The couple could finally get some well-needed rest at the weekends, and they would even have more slack on weekdays. 

The Woman’s Concerns

However, the man’s wife harbored concerns about the device’s impact on the cat’s well-being. “She’s concerned that the self-feeder might not drop the correct amount of food and that the cat might be able to reach into the food chute and steal extra food”, he explained. “She’s even concerned that the device is a waste of batteries.”

Diminished Loved

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The woman also expressed her worries that the auto-feed device would result in the cat not loving the couple anymore. This concern was because they would no longer be the ones directly pouring food into his dish.

The Ultimatum

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In a bid to settle the dispute, the man resorted to presenting his wife with an ultimatum. The choice was clear: embrace the self-feeder, or face being roused at 6:01 am every weekend to tend to the demanding feline.

The Woman’s Perspective

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Unfortunately for the man, the woman did not agree with either of these options. She felt that the couple should both continue as normal, taking it in turns to sacrifice their weekend lay-ins for the small price of manually feeding their cat. She recognized this was not ideal, but at least they wouldn’t be relying on robots to feed their beloved feline.

The Man’s Perspective

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The man disagreed with this sentiment greatly. He understood his wife’s perspective, although he knew the cat had plenty of attention outside of its morning feed. Furthermore, it was only his wife who was preventing the auto-feeder from taking over, so if she wanted to reject it, he felt it was only fair for her to take on sole feeding duties. 

The Internet’s Verdict

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To solve this mild debate, the man posted both his and his wife’s perspectives online, asking what cat lovers around the world thought about the situation. Comments as a whole were humorous: “As an owner of a cat who screams just to scream… YOU ARE NOT IN THE WRONG HERE”, they screamed humorously. “I wish feeding made my cat stop.”

Use the Auto-Feeder

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Everyone agreed that the wife was overreacting, and the cat would absolutely not disown them for not feeding it manually. “Use the automatic feeder!”, someone stated. “Your cat won’t forget about you, jeez lol.”

Weekends Only

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One commenter made a concise yet highly logical suggestion which found a perfect balance. “Use the feeder exclusively during the weekend so you can both sleep in and she can feed the cat during the week”, they smartly suggested.

The Cat Tax

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As is customary on cat-related internet posts, the man’s thread was subject to the cat tax. “You cannot simply post online about cats without paying the cat tax”, someone stated with a hint of humor. “You must pay the cat tax – pics please!”

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