so the delightful penAlope hasn't been pooping lately. it's amazing the things you take notice of as a cat owner - i watch for her litterbox activity to make sure everything is...er...healthy. we palpated her tummy and she feels a little backed up - it helps to give cats pumpkin to get things moving. so, i got some pumpkin and gave it to her, cleverly disguised as a kitten burrito.
after i'd shoved a bunch down her throat, and let her go, my sister tried to get her to eat some by choice. it didn't work.
ed: 10 minutes later; success! thank you kate for the advice!