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. Foodiewife says

    I’m a cat (and dog and horse) lover. Moon has personality plus, and he’s a handsome lad. A cat eating lettuce? That’s funny. My cats (one pass a year ago tomorrow) are spoiled. She will eat only one brand of cat food. She love anything with cream cheese (must be a feline thing) and is scared of her own shadow (she was also a feral kitten). I love her to pieces. Great story you shared. Good luck!

  2. mssss says

    We have 4 cats, one is all black save a tiny bit of white, he whines like a doggie until you pick him up and love on him..all the others try to hit him but he out weighs them by a lot of pounds, save one cat she is huge takes no crap from any animal, person or anyone, we love them all they are spoiled children to you. Love Moon, you save this sweet kitty what a sweet animal cat lover are you..

  3. The Baking Gypsy says

    Moon is just the sweetest little bundle!!! I don’t think I could ever live without a pet. My life would just be so quiet and empty.
    I don’t have a cat, I have a toy poodle. Although he’s a picky eater- which I do not understand for a dog! He’s not easy to please (we don’t feed him dog food). But he won’t eat dinner unless the family is sitting around the table and eating too. He hates eating alone. :)
    Thank you for sharing this sweet post, Reeni!! Give Moon lots of hugs and kisses for me!


    • Reeni says

      Hi Tammy! Your dog sounds so cute! I think both our pets think they’re humans. I can’t live without the love of a pet in my life either – it’s so unconditional – they love you no matter what. Thanks for all the sweet comments! I’m glad you stopped by. Sending hugs and kisses to your little poodle! I’d love to see pictures. Have a good one! oxoxox

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