That's what I came home to today. Now, that's not at all out of the ordinary: as long as I get home on time, I get a meow. Sometimes I get two, but usually Josie only meows if I ask her to.
Today was different.
This was clearly a "Feed me, you idiot" meow, except that both bowls already had food. (Explanation: two cats, two bowls. Regular people bowls, because at one point we thought maybe Calle was reacting to the bowls I had before. Of course Calle eats out of both of them, but I try. It also enables me to keep more food out when I'm gone overnight. When Calle finally explained that the old food was crap and this new food was wonderful, I'd figured it out by replacing the food in just one bowl, so the other bowl is still the old food. There are starving cats in China and all that.)
So I walk her to the food and leave her. After all, there's food in both bowls.
Now, to be fair, at one point, this wasn't "Meow, this food has aged more than 8 hours, I will not eat it" but rather "Meow, I'd love to eat this food, but I have intestinal cancer, and I really don't feel like eating at all", so I really can't dismiss any of it completely. But it still sounded like the former.
Back and forth. I play with her food a little – look, kitty, new food! – but to no avail.
Finally, I put a splash (figurative, because they're on dry food) in the good bowl.
Calle deigns to eat some.
High-maintenance cat. (Literally. Have you seen my credit card bills?) Where would she get that trait?
Uh, don't answer that.