This exchange occured just earlier this evening when I asked Patch to feed Eve, our cat.
"Mom, do I have to fatten her up for butchery?".
Now, Patch still speaks with a bit of a lisp and a funny little boy accent, so it is easy to misunderstand him sometimes.
"What?", I asked, not quite sure of what he had just said.
"You know. Fatten her up! For butchery!"
That's when I recalled that we had just recently finished reading Charlotte's Web and that they were working their way through Little House on the Prairie in 1st grade. Clearly animal husbandry was on his mind.
After a conversation comparing caring for livestock vs pets, Patch got the cat her nightly kibble and went to bed contemplating vegetarianism.