How Moon Became a Kitchen Cat

I adopted Moon from outside a Walmart when he was 5 weeks old and the size of my hand. His mother was a feral cat who I suspect taught him to forage. In garbage cans.

Without fail, during the first six months of his life, he would knock over our kitchen trash every single night. He carried around discarded food in his mouth, most often banana peels that were bigger than he was. He defended those banana peels with his life,  growling at his big brother if he came near.

When I cooked he used the kitchen drawers like a ladder, climbing up them to cling to the edge of the counter and mew his little head off. Holding on for dear life with his mewing mouth open like a baby bird I would stick little pieces of lettuce, cheese or whatever I was making that was safe for him to eat in his mouth.

His food bowl was never empty of cat food. He could eat all day if he wanted to.

Fast forward to adult Moon who is never far from the kitchen. Kind of like his Mom {me}. When he hears the fridge open he comes running to help you look in it.

He might be part dog, because he begs just like one.

I can’t leave food unattended because he’s been known to:

  • Stick his paw in cream cheese frosting on top of cupcakes then lick it off his paw. Just like a kid.
  • Steal lettuce leaves out of the salad bowl.
  • Jump up and bite my pizza while the other end is in my mouth.
  • Steal the top piece of bread off my sandwich and carry it away.
  • Sit on pizza boxes when pawing them open doesn’t work.

He’s tall enough to stand upright and put his paws on the edge of the kitchen table to check out what your eating.

Did I mention his little pink piglet nose? He sticks it up and sniffs when the aroma of food is in the air.

He keeps me company when I spend long hours in the kitchen cooking for this blog. Like a sous chef.

Maybe it’s wrong to say Moon became the Kitchen Cat when it’s obvious he was born this way.

It was destiny that day outside of Walmart when a cat with a sincere love of food met a future food blogger. Fated.

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  1. Anne says

    We have two cats. Our old cat is a Siamese named Beethoven. He loves flour and cake mix. He has been known to stick his nose in it and get it all over his face from eating it. Then he would sneeze! LOL

    Gizmo loves ham.

    We have had several cats that love ice tea. Goofy animals.

  2. Jessen says

    PS – Moon is adorable! Very unique looking. . . Love the Tanish/Orange running through his off white fur. Great Pics of him!

  3. Jessen says

    Love your story, Reeni. My cat has a pink nose too, which I thought was so unique when I adopted him! I have his Perch right near where I cut in the kitchen, because otherwise he’d be standing with paws on the table or trying to jump on the table just to watch… so, having his little place to watch me has made him a happy little man.
    Thanks for letting me in on the Purina Cat Project! I will definitely share my story, because it is an odd one! Happy Monday

  4. says

    Moon is gorgeous and like the name he is showering so much moonlight in your life …it seems he is a pure gift of joy from God !

  5. says

    We LOVED this story about Moon! It was fate that he found his furever home with you! He’s such a handsome Mancat and we enjoyed learning more about our favorite kitchen cat!

    Smooches to you Moon!

  6. says

    What a great story…it’s so wonderful that you rescued an animal in need of a home; he clearly has found the perfect place!!! Good luck in the contest – I think your story is one for the winner books!

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