While atara has taken on the bulk of the cat feeding duties, I will occasionally dish out their food if I happen to be in the kitchen at feeding time, or if she specifically asks me to handle it. I admit that I am avoiding the duty a bit because it has gone from a task that used to take seconds to a minute or two, to a task that takes 5+ minutes twice a day.
I am not sure why I avoid it, other than convincing myself that sitting behind my keyboard is somehow time better spent. The feeding ritual actually provides a nice counterbalance to the rest of my day. It is a simple task, with predefined steps, and a known end result. Being the intense focus of three hungry cats through the whole process also adds a certain degree of empowerment to it.
It also has nothing at all to do with Zen - I just felt like throwing that word randomly in my subject line.