It's funny how sometimes something comes to mind and you wonder where that thought sprang from. I was sitting looking at our cat asleep on the chair near me and I got to pondering about how the food we feed our animals has changed over the years.
I have had a cat or cats nearly all of my life and I realised that up till about 15 years back we always made sure our cat/s had a saucer of milk each day or cream if there happened to be some available. Now, of course, it is said that milk is not good for cats. I certainly don't remember any of our cats suffering from drinking milk and they all seemed to enjoy it very much. If they wanted water I think they would find a source somewhere in the garden but I am sure we didn't leave water out especially for the cat/s.
Precious always has a bowl of water on the washing machine and one outside the back door which is refreshed daily. She drinks a lot of water but not to the point of it showing she has a problem. She just appears to enjoy drinking water. Occasionally she has been allowed a small amount of cream which she also enjoys but as we have it so infrequently in the house I doubt it does her any harm.
Many years ago cats were also fed bread and milk by people that didn't have a lot of money or even perhaps Weetbix and milk or something similar. I think we also used to give them liver (wonder if that was bad for them?) and there were no tinned foods for cats and certainly no 'bikkies' whatsoever.
Many things have changed over the passing years but the difference in the way we feed our cats (and even our dogs I guess.....we haven't had a dog for a few years now) has certainly changed. We had to find a brand of cat food that Precious would eat every day and she always has a small bowl of 'bikkies' available as well. She has her favourites there as well.
Once again here I am just thinking aloud as I often do these days. Sign of someone with not enough to do perhaps?