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I fail at cat food

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What mad man is behind the design of Friskies Gravy Sensations 'mmmm gravy' pouches? When I say ‘mad man,’ I’m not referring to Mad Men like, Madison Avenue advertisers and marketers.

I mean an actual sadist.

Usually I buy canned cat food, but I hate the mess. Then there is the heartbreakingly tragic decision of exactly how to get the slop from the can into the cat bowls.

Do I destroy the environment by purchasing a package of disposable spoons? Do I add to my ever-growing dish washing pile by dirtying more cutleries? Horrible first world decisions!

So when I saw the pouches, I decided to give them a try. Wow, no spoon needed? Sign me up!

As you can see, they’ve kindly taken the time to put ACTUAL INSTRUCTIONS on the pouches. I guess that’s so people don’t try to open them with can openers.

The very complicated instructions are:

1.) Shake it
2.) Tear it
3.) Pour it

I should be able to do this with no trouble. Steps 1 and 2, those were a breeze for me. I really dominated those two.

However, it’s on Step 3 that either I failed miserably, or I was victim to some cat-owner-hating package designer.

Shaking and tearing, I did like a pro. But when it comes to pouring... there’s a huge fail for me. Tiny blobs of cat food grub plop out, but the majority of the food stays right in the pouch. Meaning, I once again am faced with the unbearable burden of using a spoon to get the food into the bowls.

I consider myself a somewhat semi-intelligent person, so I’m feeling the person who designed these cat food pouches hates cat owners. Maybe his mother was a cat hoarder, who neglected him in his vulnerable childhood, and he’s on a mission to make the lives of other cat owners a living nightmare.

I’m going with that scenario. Because the idea that I’m so inept I fail step three of a three step cat feeding process is just too difficult to bear.

Photo credit: My picture. I could blame the blurry picture on my low-quality cell phone camera, but it’s far more interesting to say I was shaking with rage at the time I took it.

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Rufuszen wrote on December 17, 2015, 11:53 AM

I have this problem, and have resorted to rolling up the sachet. Not entirely tidy, but most of the food ends up in the moggie

VinceSummers wrote on December 17, 2015, 12:23 PM

Never think for a moment that the business world truly cares about you. Even if they at times ACT like they do, there is the ever-present probability an ulterior motive is at work. And one of the worst is pet supplies manufacturers.

Brenda wrote on December 18, 2015, 12:54 AM

It truly is so true the packing on most things today is ludicrous. Hubby buys dry food for our kitten because of the mess and she loves her dry food. I wish you the best.

FreebieJunkie wrote on December 18, 2015, 7:10 AM

Now there's an idea! If only the food came in tubes like toothpaste, then rolling it up would be a breeze :)

FreebieJunkie wrote on December 18, 2015, 7:15 AM

Yes, cat toys as well. I've fallen more than a few times for the creatively designed packaging for some 'amazing' cat toy or another, only to have my cats turn their noses up at it.

VinceSummers wrote on December 18, 2015, 7:23 AM

A simple pouch of catnip will entertain most cats quite satisfactorily. Especially if it comes in the shape of a mouse. Oh, and a dangling string toy. Really, those suffice. Never forget, a mouse itself, to a cat, IS a toy.

FreebieJunkie wrote on December 18, 2015, 7:39 AM

Thank you! I'm glad your girl loves the dry food, it is much neater and cleaner!

lookatdesktop wrote on December 18, 2015, 11:35 AM

This is kind of silly. You know it's even hard to open up a package of coffee grounds in a bag. It looks easy but ain't. Getting back on topic, Yea, wet cat food should come in a serving bowl, that way you could tear off the lid and safety seal, then the cat could eat directly out of the cup, then you can throw the cup away.
Of course it's just an idea of mine.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 18, 2015, 11:41 AM is one place to check things out and then there's the other site:

lookatdesktop wrote on December 18, 2015, 11:47 AM

This will make you laugh. A cat that eats like a human, using a fork, eating in style at the diner table with her mommy.

FreebieJunkie wrote on December 18, 2015, 5:39 PM

Oh YES to the ground coffee as well! Every time it's a new bag, there is always a mess. I checked out those amazing packaging sites you linked to, the blog and the YouTube video, and they are incredible. I think when this batch of food is done I should look for something like that. And that video of the cat with the fork, spoon and chopsticks was a riot - thank you!

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 18, 2015, 8:33 PM

Lol I have never tried those. But I just open the can and set it down for the cat. No spoons to wash

FreebieJunkie wrote on December 19, 2015, 10:21 AM

haha I tried that. They sat there staring at me, then hit the can. They can be mean. :)

wolfgirl569 wrote on December 19, 2015, 12:21 PM

I ignore mine until they eat it lol

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 19, 2015, 8:13 PM

We just stick with the canned cat food and use the same spoon we use to get the canned dog food out of the can.

FreebieJunkie wrote on December 20, 2015, 8:40 AM

That's a good system. Right now our pet census in the family is one old dog and two new cats, who want absolutely nothing to do with the dog. They eat upstairs far away from him :)