Kitchen dramas were important even in the 16th century, and it was Pieter Aertsen who profoundly investigated the impact of food on human history’s most basic moments.
Here we can see the profound reflection on how cats, being carnivores, can yet live with vegetarian humans.
Vegetarians don’t want meat, cats don’t want cabbage: that is the drama of “Fat Kitchen” by Pieter Aertsen.
Now compare this completed version of the masterpiece to its draft version to be seen at the National Gallery of Denmark (thanks to this blessed museum for sharing their high-res files!):
You can see that here the drama has less tension that in Our completed version: here it is just controverse between sober vegetarian humans from Greenpeace, and humans who prefer drink alcohol and eat everything that lives, from local pub. In Our version you will find a drama of two species with different food traditions, living in the same house. How they can find their way to understand and respect each other?
The question remains open for centuries, as some humans don’t stop in their efforts to turn cats into vegans.
We, cats, are unable to digest food made only from plants. Morality exists only when you have a choice. We cats don’t ask you to breathe in water like fishes do, as you have no choice in this question. We realise that thus you will die and then will not provide Us the food that We deserve.
So please be realistic also.
Now please go and give a piece of nice food to your cat companion.
Tips: you should ask your vet what food is best for your cat..
Thus speaks Zarathustra the Cat