Cat thinkies — protein intake (updated)

Empty plate, cat glaring. Thinks: More protein. Doctor's orders!

Ursula protests at the mingy portion of meat on her plate.

Update from Ursula’s human:

Older people need more protein, or so we are told

In old age we apparently need more protein than we did when younger, best spread evenly throughout the day. This helps us to retain muscle (and even, potentially, brain health). We are inundated with research results and they are often confusing, but personally, as a non-scientist with no medical expertise, I take that information on board. 

However, there’s a limit to the solid protein that some of us can swallow, because our appetite may be waning. So sometimes I make a protein shake at snack time. Feels like a drink, works like a meal. But only sometimes. Because real food is always best.

I prefer recipes with very few ingredients:

  • it’s usually easy to taste them: 20 ingredients can blur and clash
  • preparing something with 4 ingredients is usually quick and easy
  • it’s usually cheaper to use 4 ingredients than 20.

A simple home-made protein smoothie for seniors

Whizz the following ingredients together into a milk shake. Never mind if it is not perfectly mushed: real food has pips. (You can always strain it.) I use a hand mixer in a straight jug.

  • 1 glass of liquid (milk, kefir, almond milk—whatever)
  • 1 scoop of pure unflavoured protein powder (I use whey, but there are vegan versions)
  • a banana for sweetness and thickness, sliced
  • a handful of frozen blackcurrants or raspberries, for oomph

Where to buy this thing called protein powder

Buy protein powder from scary shops that specialise in supplements for athletes, often located near a gym. Choose a brand that has nothing but protein powder; otherwise you’re stuck with the same synthetic flavour and smell time after time.

Different types and brands of protein powder have different percentages of protein. Mine gives me 24g of protein in a 30g scoop. That’s as much protein as you’d get in a couple of eggs, 100g salmon or a handful of almonds.

Photo of an empty protein powder bag giving ingredients and nutritional information

Like Ursula, I need a bit more protein. More than young people do.

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17 thoughts on “Cat thinkies — protein intake (updated)

  1. Sadje says:

    If there is a word to describe her look, it would be admonition!

  2. Dan Antion says:

    Ugh, I know that look

  3. hilarymb says:

    Sadje’s description is so correct … and I love the photo … fun to see – cheers Hilary

  4. alison41 says:

    Yo99u hard-hearted human, you !!

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:


  5. Elizabeth says:

    Better hope she doesn’t solve it herself and leave a dead mouse at your feet as ours once did.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      She’s too lazy for that and too entitled.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        She must expect you to bring her the mouse!

  6. toutparmoi says:

    Rightly so, Ursula. Stick to the protein and avoid the carbs.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Her predecessor bulged in all dimensions: not good.

  7. If looks could talk … oh, they can!

  8. candidkay says:

    Poor thing. I talk to my dog like she understands the nuances:). I’m sure it looks nuts, but sometimes I think she does.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Ursula has a large vocabulary but no voice worth mentioning. But a dog can be very expressive vocally. I’m sure she understands your tone and a few key words.

  9. Prue says:

    Love Ursula’s thoughts and looks😆

  10. Erica/Erika says:

    Personalized, unique poem, Rachel. For me………….when you jump right in and google how to start a blog……..realizing that perfection is the enemy of good.

    1. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Excellent advice that is easy for some. (Me, for instance.)

  11. Holly G. says:

    Poor baby! That look is one of pure, “You! You! You think this is satisfactory?” Their personalities are larger than life 🙂

    Thanks for the smile.

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