Nestlé Japan is offering a new service which allows cats and their humans to dine together. Are you ready to go where no pet owner has gone before?
Pets and their owners do lots of things together: hang around and watch TV; go for walks; snuggle up for bedtime. But one activity that is almost never shared between animal and human is mealtime. Cats and dogs have their dishes full of pet food on the floor, owners have their dishes full of human food on the table, and never the twain shall meet.
But not anymore. Nestlé Japan is now offering a catering service to prepare food for both pet and owner to eat together. It’s mostly an excuse for the company to show off its MonPetit brand of fancy cat food, but we can still enjoy the ride.
Let’s get the obvious question out of the way first: no, the humans and pets do not eat the same food. Let’s take a look at exactly what’s actually being offered:
▼ Here’s the full meal, with the cat’s food on the left and the human’s food on the right. They do look pretty similar, so let’s break them down piece by piece.
▼ The first item: the appetizer. The cat gets a fancily prepared pouch of MonPetit maguro and bonito, and the human gets a dish also using the same fish but with some added vegetables.
▼ Next up is the soup. For the cat we have a pouch of MonPetit with maguro, crab, and sardines. The accompanying human gets a similar dish, with crab, scallops, and sardines.
▼ And now the main course. The cat gets a pouch of MonPetit roast chicken with vegetable sauce, and the human gets pretty much the same thing, just presented in a slightly more aesthetically pleasing way.
▼ Then finally comes dessert. A pouch of MonPetit seafood treats for the cat, and a blancmange with berries and cream for the human.
And just to reiterate, this is a catering service. That means the chef comes to your house to cook and serve the food there. Eating at home seems like a good idea, since anyone who has ever taken their cat somewhere new knows that the only thing they want to do is hide when they get there; eating a bunch of weird food would probably be the last thing on their mind.
If you want to see what it looks like when a chef comes to your house to cook for you and your cat, then check out this promotional video put out by Nestlé:
We’re having a tough time figuring out if dining with your cat is incredibly cute or incredibly sad, but it probably doesn’t matter because either way it’s also incredibly awesome.
If having a chef come cook for you and your cat seems like something you’d like to try, then check out Nestlé’s website. They’re only doing it for one month (this December), you have to live near Tokyo, and it costs 22,222 yen (US$180), but if you can get through all the restrictions, then you’ll certainly bond like no pet and their owner ever have before.