our favorite Post-Dispatch
scribes, Todd Frankel
, has a most delicious story
out today documenting a secret operation at Nestle Purina. The project, 3.5 years in the making, is hailed as a plan to shake up the pet food industry and (it would seem) finally ensure that our furry friends are as fat as we are.
Introducing hors d'oerves for cats. Yes, last month Purina began shipping to supermarkets and pet stores its Fancy Feast Appetizers
for cats -- gourmet snacks that include such haute cuisine selections as "tender Tongol tuna," "steamed Tilapia," and "seabass and shrimp."
So far, cats and their owners are gobbling it up.
"It means my cats eat better than most people in the United States and in developing countries," Laurie Ruettimann of North Carolina tells Frankel. "But I have no problem spoiling my cats."
Wow. And here I thought my fellow RFT
staff writer Aimee Levitt
was nuts for admitting and (worse) blogging about the gourmet meals she cooks for her cat
. But apparently Aimee's fancy feasts are quite normal when it comes to kooky cat lovers.