Originally Posted by Kiva13
I'm just wondering how many other people on this board have cats who beg for food and try to eat out of their bowls. It was actually kind of funny. I spread packing tape, sticky side up, all over the kitchen table with the fantasy of being able to eat in peace. Of course it didn't work out that way because my plate got stuck to the table, along with my arms, and it wasn't very pleasant.
My cat did stay off the table though so I thought it was a success. However, we had a group of people over the other day, and so I took the tape off the table. Today he was sitting on it just like before. I have taken to walking around the house with a plate in my hand. Not good.
My wife and I have developed what's commonly known in Prisons as the "Guard position". That's where you eat with one hand and take the other arm and sort of "guard" your plate like prisoners do at meal times to keep other prisoners from stealing food.
Our cat Poe actually gets agitated if we eat for too long and don't give him something. He has even bitten once. (He got a stay in the carrier for 30 minutes for that little incident).
He's worse with my wife though. All i have to do is point my finger at him and say NO very sternly and he'll sit down and watch me eat. The worst he's done with me is try to stick his paw in my ice cream once so he could lick it off. It's actually a "move" he has. I call it the reach-over. Because he takes his paw and pretends like he's reaching up to grab your finger or something, and then tries to dive it into the bowl or onto the plate and grab something real quick. hehe.
I figure it's just something we have to live with. Some previous owner might have fed him their food or perhaps he picked up the habit as a stray, but come mealtimes it's always an issue for us.