Eating, however, is only half the fun. The other half is getting the food. Cats have two ways to obtain food: Convincing a human you are starving to death and must be fed "NOW" and hunting for it oneself. The following are guidelines for getting fed:
a) When the humans are eating, make sure you leave the tip of your tail in their dishes when they are not looking.
b) The best times to inform humans of your dish's emptiness are when they are unable to ignore you, such as when they are sleeping or on the toilet.
c) Should you catch something of your own outside, it is only polite to attempt to get to know it. Be insistent - your food will usually not be so polite and try to leave.