The King

The King

Zane Grey is the name my wife gave to one of the two feral kittens we got 19 years ago. Zane Grey is the cat who would be King, a neutered male, weighs about 18 pounds. He and I are the surviving pair from 19 years ago. And he thinks he is the King of the castle.

For those of you who live with cats, you know what I mean.

First, let’s talk about his feeding times. When he and I first moved into our apartment after my wife died, he was sure my only purpose was to feed him three times a day. He isn’t big on dry food. 

So, as a good food server, I gave in. We started with him gently putting his claws into any skin showing as I slept. And between 2 and 4 am he got his first canned cat food of the day. One-third of a can. 

The next morning when I got up, he demanded a little milk, of course. After that, he would lie in the sun for a while and let me work. Until about 9:30 when he decided it was time to eat again. Then he helped me write and would get on the keyboard and demand attention. 

I would move the keyboard out of the way, stop what I was doing, and pet the cat. This usually went on for a few minutes than he would get down and I would go back to work. My working of course called him back to the keyboard. This would go on until about 10:30 when I would feed him again.

The Castle Revolt.

We lived this way for about 11 months. Then there was a castle revolt. The servant changes the feeding field. The King doesn’t like it, but this is the new routine-one-fourth of a can at around 9 or 10pm. Then I close my door. No more 2am feeding calls. Then he gets another quarter when I get up and another at 10:30 and the last around 2pm.

And as for work, I solved that with the addition of a Bluetooth keyboard that sits on a shelf below where he likes to sit to get his morning attention. We have settled into this new arrangement until he decides to reassert his royal rights.

All is now right with our world. Zane is the king, as we all know. Cats rule. But his servant has set the times for feeding.

“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.” – George Mikes

“Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this.” – Anonymous 

There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats.” – Anonymous.