Cat food, feeding tubes and big bowls

A couple of years ago we took my cat Jingle to the vet because she was vomiting (we call it haurking) more often then normal. I have to put it that way because this cat has haurked all her life and she always does it in threes. The first one is the biggest, then she’ll walk around to a clean spot on the floor and do it again and then just for fun she finds another clean spot and dribbles a little more. Sometimes there’s something to clean up at all three spots other times there’s nothing but foam that soaks into the carpet before I can get a paper towel. Anyway she was doing this sometimes a couple or more times a day so we took her to the vet. He couldn’t find anything wrong with her but gave her a worm pill just in case she has some kind of lovely parasite and prescribed this super expensive cat food.

We have three cats that have free access to food, so all three cats had to start eating this super expensive cat food. None of them liked it but they had no choice, we don’t feed them people food so it was eat the food in the bowl or don’t eat. By the way they are indoor cats, so they don’t have the option of fending for themselves in the wild.

After a couple of days Jingle was better, just haurking once or three times a week which was pretty normal. We were afraid to switch from the super expensive cat food in case that was the key for Jingle besides we knew from past experience that you shouldn’t just switch a cats food, you should slowly incorporate the new food in with the old food.

Then one day we got home and there was a bread bag in the floor of the living room with bits of bread everywhere. It looks like Hansel and Gretel had been by. Since we weren’t there to know who or why no cats got in trouble. Things like this started happening more often. Then one day I was home and heard a noise from the kitchen caught Waldo’s cat Kitty eating bread or tortillias. So we started putting all that stuff in the fridge (because they could open the cupboards). And then a month or so later we noticed Kitty was very lethargic and getting skinny.

To the vet Kitty went and she stayed there for a couple of days because she was almost dead and had jaundice. They weren’t sure what the problem was. Apparently when a cat gets unhappy and doesn’t eat for a couple of days their livers and kidneys start to shut down and they well… they die. Something like $900 later and a feeding tube for two weeks Kitty is fine.


All of this is to say that we are very careful about what we feed them now. Since they all hated that super expensive cat food we switched over to a less expensive but still pricey natural cat food that everyone seemed to enjoy. Well no one has died from it yet so I think we’re good. But I don’t feel they ever loved it like they loved the food they had before all this vet stuff started.

So a couple of days ago Waldo and I decided that we couldn’t keep spending so much money on cat food and we needed to switch back to Purina. I went to the pet store and bought another bag of the pricey natural stuff and at Target we bought some Purina. When I got home I pulled the super huge bowl out and dumped both kinds of food in and started mixing it. Kitty though she had surely died and went to heaven.




I missed the picture of her taking a bite before I shooed her away so I could put the food away.

Are your beauty products safe?

I know for a lot of us a better question would be “are your baby’s beauty products safe?”  This is a great tool for those of us that are concerned about what we put on our bodies.  The Skin Deep Safe cosmetics database has a toxic rating for just about every beauty product out there.  They range from 0-10 with 10 being really toxic.  It has products broke down into baby care, eye care, nail care, etc and then broken down further into subcategories.

I have only used this for baby items and was shocked and not so shocked by what I found so far.  The Aveeno baby soap and shampoo that I have been using on Lily was rated a 3, I guess that’s not really so bad but I want better.  I was not really surprised to find that just about all Johnson and Johnson products were over a 3 and most much higher.  I didn’t see anything lower then a 3 but I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt.

I want to know why it is that products that are made specifically for our babies are harsh and toxic when they are labeled safe and gentle?

The nurse that facilitates my breastfeeding/mom support group gave us the web address last week and I wanted to share with you all.  I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

Stay at home Mom

It’s official, I’m a stay ay home Mom.  I emailed my letter of resignation in on Tuesday.  I still have to turn in my keys and pick up the rest of my crap which I’ll probably do next week.  I am so happy.  Money is going to be a little tight but it shouldn’t be too bad.  It will all be worth it though.  I can’t imagine leaving Lily with someone else all day.  It might be different if we had some family to take care of her, but we don’t.

Sweet girl

Sweet girl


Originally posted: 5/7/08

Darn lungs
Last year I had walking pneumonia and my lungs have never been the same. They feel tight quicker then they ever have in the past, I’m more prone to cough at the smallest tickle and anytime I even start to think that I might be getting sick I feel it in my chest first.
Last week I woke up with a sore throat and my lungs felt heavy. I was determined not to get sick before my long awaited vacation/honeymoon so I used the power of positive thinking to keep myself well. Unfortunately stress weakens the power that positive thinking holds and I got a chest cold over the weekend. It is now Wednesday and I feel like my head is going to pop when I cough, but I hold out hope that just being on vacation will work wonders on me. I really really hope so.

3rd post

Originally posted: 5/6/08

Getting closer
We are getting so close to vacation and our list is getting longer. But we are marking stuff off of it all the time. I better get back to burning CDs. You need a lot of verity for a long road trip.

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