Meatball and his partner Mochi recently had kittens. This is the closest thing the humans could get to a family portrait before Mochi ran off to play with something. Pictured in the middle, from clockwise are the kittens Pepper, Bunny and Nugget.
What's even worse is that Meatball had been getting pretty fat. They didn't understand why at first. They ultimately realized it was because Meatball was perpetuating the stereotype that cats insist on being A-holes.
The cats were all fed at the same time in bowls next to each other. It turns out Meatball was not only eating his food, but gobbling up parts of the meals from all of his children. Thus, the kitties were underfed and Meatball was starting to resemble his namesake.
They even added little curtains, to make it feel almost like a private fancy restaurant. They make sure all the cats eat at the same time. This way, they can consume their food before Meatball decides to meatball. Yes, if you eat your own children's food, your name gets turned into a negative verb.
Nugget is even putting on some weight. Gaze upon at this satisfied kitty. The only way he'd be any happier is if his owners groomed him with a strap-on tongue. Although, that's a solution to a problem that never really existed.
Besides solving the gluttony problem, the cats love this contraption. When it's not feeding time they enjoy climbing on it. They also love batting at the cloth curtains. Practical and playful. Hopefully this will keep them from ruining the side of the couch... at least for a little while.