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M.I.P. Mochi

Last night I found myself sitting at my computer with tears rolling down my face because I’d just gotten a reply from my dad about what happened to my old cat that I had when I lived at home. In his reply, he told me that he had hoped I wouldn’t ask, because the truth was a real downer. My cat had become a bit senile and for health reasons, he decided to put her to sleep. She’s now buried near the gate to our old farm.


I’d planned something else for lunch today, but this sad news of course meant that I needed to do a kitty cat bento. This morning, I kept staring at it thinking that it didn’t quite look like a cat. I couldn’t figure out what it was. Of course, I am a dope and it’s the whiskers that I forgot. No matter though, she had white whiskers, so just pretend they’re there. She was a darling little kitty cat…

Oh, who am I kidding? My cat was a total fatass and a violent bed hog.

Not that it stopped us from loving her, though. I got her when she was just a little kitten in my junior year of high school. My boyfriend caught her at his little farm and gave her to me. Since she was all white, I named her Mochi.


She was feisty and did the dumbest things, like getting stuck in one of those big glue mouse traps. That was not fun.


She loved to lounge around in the sun. Eventually, though, she became a serious porker. You see, back when I first got her, Science Diet was the food to give and the back of the package said (I swear) to just leave food out all the time and she’d self-regulate her intake. Uh…


She started napping on the couch like a human would. Or she’d sit down Jabba the Hut style. It was crazy! Finally the vet told us to limit her food. She was not happy. I told her one day, no more food for the day and the meanie reached out and swiped her claws across my leg and bit me!


I caught her one day with her arm in the bag. I wasn’t sure what she thought she was going to be able to get, since obviously cats don’t have fingers to grab stuff.


This fact did not stop her. She spread her paw out, then clenched it to get some food stuck between her toes. She then proceeded to eat it right from her paw. Her favorite snack, hands down, was ajitsuke nori. She could be sleeping across the house and if she heard the wrapper crackle, she’d be right there ready to gobble one up.

I only had her for maybe two years, but she usually slept on my bed and I carried her around like you would a baby. She’d sleep on the computer monitor or on my lap, but occasionally she’d fall off because my lap wasn’t big enough.

When I moved away for college, she had a sense of what was going on and became extremely pissed. She growled at me and began clawing at me, eventually cornering me in the living room. I had to call my dad to come take her away until she calmed down. She didn’t want to sleep with me after that. 🙁 After that, I only saw her occasionally when I came home from school and hadn’t seen her for a few years when I got the news last night.

Now I feel even worse for forgetting whiskers. Let’s just add some in….


There… now she looks more kitty cat-like. I made her out of rice, using only a small amount since my Hello Kitty bento box is actually quite small. I formed her with saran wrap. I really should have used a bigger mouth, but couldn’t find my larger smiley punch. Her nose and ears are cut out of kamaboko.

I got a Swissmar Borner V-Slicer Plus Mandoline for Christmas from my Secret Santa this year and I busted it out for the first time to slice the carrot super thin. It worked wonderfully and I’m totally in love with it! I also used it for the cucumber slices. I boiled the carrot for a couple of minutes and then used this deco cutter set to make the flowers. I made a small tamagoyaki roll with the leftover carrot and decorated it with a cat pick from this set.


The meat on the side is fried pipi kaula, which is smoked beef from Hilo. I fried three pieces in the tamagoyaki pan after I was done with the egg. On the bottom are some sweet potato flowers. I topped everything off with the carrot flowers last.

I hadn’t lived with her for around 12 years, but I still have so many memories of her while living at home. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, M.I.P. stands for “Meow In Peace”. 😉

I love you, Mochi. I hope you have a big, automatic-refilling bag of cat food there with you. I won’t stop you this time.

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  • awww, pikko, what a sweet tribute. i’m so sorry to hear about mochi, and i do feel your pain, but it’s nice that you have such fond and funny memories to keep… seriously, the pictures of her lying on the couch and sitting like a fatso made me laugh out loud at my desk!!

    anyway, the new technique for the carrot flowers is gorgeous — this box couldn’t be brighter and happier, which is a nice way to commemorate your cat 🙂

  • The colors are beautiful and so is Mochi. Great tribute bento!

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  • Awww, very cute – and so sorry to hear about your cat 🙁

    Love the carrot flowers – I will definitely be copying that! 🙂 I *think* I may even have that cutter set…

  • I’m sorry to hear of your loss. She looks like she was a sweet kitty! What a lovely way to remember her with bento 🙂

  • Thank you Gamene. Yeah, she cracked us up a lot with her big butt! lol

  • Thanks Susan!

  • Thanks Tammy. I hope you do have it, cause it’s awesome! Some of my plastic cutters don’t do so well, but this set cuts very nicely.

  • She wasn’t exactly sweet, but she was mine and so I loved her!

  • Awww, that was a sweet tribute, and such an adorable bento, with or without whiskers. She was just about as chunky as our Ellie Mae was.

  • leslie

    Pikko, I was in tears by the end of your story. I am so sorry to hear about Mochi. I understand what you are going through. I had 3 cats when I got married and moved away. They stayed with my mother, as my husband had a one year old kitten. Two passed away (Tanyia and Starsky) before I was able to bring the last one (Rascal) to live with us.

    I agree with Gamene, your bento is a wonderful way to pay tribute to your beautiful Mochi. It has all the colors of The Rainbow Bridge where she is playing with my five kitties. She knows you loved her.

  • adri

    I’m sorry about your loss Pikko, but you made a wonderful bento in her honor! And I thought my cat was the only one who tried to sit like a human…>.>

  • Tricia

    Oh how sad! It reminds me of all of my former childhood pets who are also long gone. Cute photos of her crazy personality and adorable bento, though. I think this will help you heal from the unexpected news.

  • SammiGene

    I’m sorry to hear about your kitty cat passing on. I know the feeling of losing a beloved pet. Four, actually. Our youngest cat died, then our dog, and eventually, the crowning leader of the house, our older cat, died. Those three were buddies! My guinea pig was the most recent to leave us, she lived with the three I mentioned, but also lived on with the new generation of pets we have now. I was beginning to think that my guinea pig was immortal, because she had lived for about six years!

  • Same thing happened with me: my dog from high school, I left for college, and my parents didn’t want to tell me they had to put her to sleep. Even though I hadn’t seen her for awhile, I bawled like a baby. Wait till you go back and she’s not there. I still have to look at my dog’s empty doghouse in the backyard ;_;

    It’s a lovely bento tribute, and really looks like her, with the invisible whiskers 🙂

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  • kat

    sorry to hear about your cat.

  • Thanks jomamma. How many pounds was your cat?

  • I’m so sorry I made you cry, Leslie! This all has totally made me want a cat again…

  • Haha, one of our friends in college said he had a cat that sat just the same way. He showed me a pic once and I was like, OMG! I thought my cat was the only one!

  • Good thing I had them already scanned on my computer! I tried looking in my photo boxes but the hundreds of prints of my kids made that hard, lol.

  • This is a story, telling from your true feelings about your kitty. I feel with you. Losing someone you love is never easy, also if the one is an animal.
    You cat reminds me of Schatzis cat. She does the same thing with him that yours did as you left for colleague.
    Your bento is a nice tribute for mochi^^

  • Aww, that’s a lot of pets to lose! We’re hoping to get a dog this year.

  • Aww, what is up with that, no? I’d have wanted to know as soon as it happened… It’s even suckier cause they sold our house and farm, so I can’t even go back there to see where she’s buried. 🙁

  • Thank you, kat. I feel better after making the bento. It’s theraputic. 😉

  • Thanks Lil’Chan. I have to figure out how to tell my mom… D:

  • that bento box is so adorable !! You making me want to do one altho I have never done any before….Sorry bout ur cat tho.

    btw what is the yellow heart on the tomato..? is it a fruit?

  • 2popoki

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. We said goodbye to one of our cats (i guess we’re now 1popoki, but in my heart there will always be 2) a few months ago. i still have my sad days, but it does get better. i’m just happy she lived a good life of 18 years, as i’m sure mochi did too. i think one of the best tributes is to open your heart to another cat/dog/anyone when you are ready.
    our thoughts are with you.

  • Oh gosh… probably close to 20 pounds. She was the funniest cat, she could talk to us. “Do you want to go outside?” “Yeouse” “Are you coming in now? We’re going to bed.” “Meo yeow” which sounded like OK. And if ANYONE said “go get in your bed” she’d run to the bedroom and jump in the doll bed my dad had made for me when I was 2. Hubby misses her badly and won’t get another b/c he knows it won’t be just like Ellie Mae.

  • What a lovely looking creation. You put a big smile on my face! Thank you.

  • cheshirepat

    Hello – I found your bento picture on Foodgawker and being a fan of felines *and* artful bento, I had to stop by… I’m so sorry that it was the result of the sad news about your cat. They are characters, every one of ’em and they do wind their way into our hearts, don’t they? I’m sure Mochi is contented and well fed (if not well-stuffed, lol) where she is now!

  • Love make us sometimes suffer. Hope you won’t cry too much; Your bento is colourful and very Kitty

  • Lovely bento and post. Made me lol! =D
    I really love that pink and white doily! where did u get it??

  • Hi Zurin, the yellow heart is a food pick! Cute, isn’t it? I love this set!

  • That’s a nice, long life. I haven’t had a pet in a very long time, but hopefully soon. 🙂

  • Thanks Juno, I’m glad I could help brighten your day!

  • Hi cheshirepat, I’m sure she’s really stuffed right now and has some nori in her paws too. lol

  • Thanks fossettes, I feel much better about it now.

  • It’s actually pink, orange, and yellow, soo pretty! I think I found it on Etsy!

  • hapabento

    I don’t know how I missed this post and loving tribute to your kitty “Mochi”. Very sweet. Cats are funny aren’t they? They keep the home life fun.