One thing you should know about my cat is that he is
a little extremely OCD. (What, you don't think you need to know that?) He is definitely a creature who likes certain things to be exactly the way he likes them and that's the end of it. He likes his food bowl to be full at all times. He prefers his bed to be elevated if at all possible. It's extremely necessary that his litterbox be clean at all times if we expect him to use it.
Jasper doesn't like messes, at all. He's very clean himself and he likes his surroundings to be neat and orderly too. Nick and I always crack up when we see Jasper encounter a mess because it is SO OBVIOUS that it completely freaks him out. If I spill something on the floor in sight of him he will shoot me a dirty look like, hey, planning on cleaning that up anytime soon?! One day Simba threw up on the floor, (gross, I know, try not to think about it) and Jasper collected random pieces of dust and lint from the floor and tried to cover it up, litterbox style. He really likes order, that's all I'm saying.
One thing in particular Jasper can't stand is when his cat food gets spilled on the floor. This is a SERIOUS pet peeve of his. When I pour food into his bowl, if a few pieces happen to fall onto the floor, he will eat those pieces first to restore neatness to his food area. Even if a stray piece rolls pretty far away, he'll go after it. There's currently a piece stranded under the TV stand that he's trying to pretend he doesn't know about.
So imagine the horror he must have felt the day we came home from work and found this:
(notice Jasper scampering out of the frame, lest we mistakenly think HE had something to do with this travesty)
If The Big Spill occurred early in the day, I totally picture the poor guy having a thousand little meltdowns over it waiting for us to get home.
I also think it says something about our awareness of his issues that the moment we saw the mess, Nick grabbed a broom and cleared the food up for him and refilled the bowl. Neatly.
And Jasper looked visibly relieved the moment it was over.