Particular for-expensive versions of traditional Japanese kitchen favorites maybe you also want to try a bite.
Oden is one of Japan’s favorite winter comfort foods, and several members of our staff have fought the winter cold by stuffing themselves with the traditional blend of stewed vegetables and meats to warm up from within over the past few weeks. Our Japanese-language reporter I’m Togashi, however, have found themselves wondering whether maybe her pet cats would join in the odens fun.
As a responsible pet owner, however, Saya knows that she should not feed her cats to people with table food, as it tends to be filled with far more sodium, sugar and oil than the cat’s bodies can handle healthy. So imagine Saya’s joy when she found it there is also a special oden for cats!
In fact, this variety is the ode sold by Japanese pet supply company Pet Library, is OK for dogs too, but Saya’s two kittens will be the lucky recipients today. If it were not for the silhouettes of a dog and cat on the box, Saya would have assumed that these were humans, not pets, food, as the image of the stewed chicken, konyaku, satsumaage fish cake, carrot and daikon radish even got her mouth watering.
The contents come sealed in a vacuum bag, and since it is pre-cooked, your cats can eat them right away. Alternatively, you can heat everything up in the microwave if you want, and Saya certainly did.
Depending on your cat’s size and eating habits, the Pet Library recommends cutting the pieces into smaller pieces, so did Saya.
When everything was heated and cut, Saya transferred the ode to her cats’ food bowls and artfully arranged everything.
While her cat friends strolled across, Saya reached out for her camera to take a picture before the meal of them with their poising with the perfectly presented ode, but her cats had other ideas …
… and started eating right away.
Saya’s frustration over the missed photo opportunity was quickly replaced by hot fuzzy emotions as she saw how much her fuzzy housemates enjoyed the ode.
They quickly devoured carrots, daikon and chicken, and when they briefly got their heads out of their bowls, they became very interested in double checking to see that they had not lacked anything in one cat’s dish that the other benefited from.
▼ Saya, who was a loving and just owner, made sure that each dish contained exactly the same things.
The cats seemed especially pleased with the texture of their oden, which was firmer than the wet cat food they often eat, but also softer than the dry food they occasionally get.
Their curiosity made them pick up some of the squishier pieces up in their paws before putting them in their mouths, and Saya, who sometimes wonders if her cats have gotten into the habit of eating also quickly, thought of slowing them down a bit as this might not be a bad thing.
Oden is not the only pseudo-Japanese pet food that the Pet Library makes, as they also have dog / cat friendly versions of sukiyaki …
… And soba noodles.
▼ Potential allergens are indicated on the box, where for the ode they are soybeans, gelatin and beef.
For 398 yen ($ 3.45), Pet Library’s Nattoku Sozai (as the line is called) meals are a special, yet affordable treat, and now that Saya has taken care of her pets, she will not mind whipping a batch oden together for themselves by using the office oden-making gadget.
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