I am smart enough to know if I'm serving fish for dinner to never take my eyes off of it until it has been completely consumed. This is a house with three cats! But would you worry about broccoli? About asparagus? Cleo absolutely loves green cooked vegetables (which I remember when he runs out of the kitchen with a broccoli flower in his mouth!)
How about potato chips and crackers? I'm pretty sure Patora is the culprit but I have no proof. As soon as she senses Tetsu asleep on the sofa Patora starts checking out the snack drawer (which she can open!) How can a cat know that an unopened box or bag has something delicious inside? Yesterday I found three bags of pop-corn all over the kitchen when I came downstairs from sewing. A mother had brought them over so that I could give them to the English kids but Patora got to them before the kids. I ate all three bags myself for lunch (no sense letting good pop corn go to waste.) Another cat (I don't know which one) likes sweet things so any boxed or packaged cookies get ransacked. Japanese sweet bean paste also seems to be a favorite so any of those left overnight rarely find their way to human stomachs.
The cats may be in league with Choco because more often than not when Tetsu and I find stuff half eaten by the cats, the rest of it is given to Choco (except the pop corn.) I wonder if they plot these things out at night while we're sleeping.
"Everyone's asleep. You get that cookie box out of the cupboard and leave half for me and I won't bark and wake up Mom."
And unfortunately, the cats' antics are not limited to the kitchen. I found this mess the other day which I am not at all happy about. This is part of our paper window shade in the Japanese room. Cats are notorious in their love of tearing Japanese paper window shades to shreds, but my cats have always pretty much left the windows alone. Recently though, one of the English kids accidentally punched a small hole in one of the shades and I was meaning to patch it up with extra paper (a common repair job) but I procrastinated and the small hole was discovered by a cat and he/she must have decided to make a bigger peephole. I don't know which cat this is but Velvet likes to sleep by this window so he's the major suspect.
Don't my feline family members look sweet and innocent? I've got Velvet on my lap right now purring away as if to say,
"Calm down. You know we love you."