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Welcome to Sunday All Day Brunch. This is an open topic thread. Help yourself to the goodies and sit a spell and let us know what is going on is your life. Today I am thinking of my pooties.

One of the most popular memes on Facebook are the variations of cats never forget that they were once worshiped as gods in ancient Egypt. In fact one of my pictures is called “Why Cats Have an Attitude.”

I wonder sometimes about my younger cat, Pixie. She was my Mom’s cat although Mom always referred to her as my cat and that she was the cat’s grandmother. She knew that the cat would out live her and felt that if I was Mom to the cat Pixie would adjust better. Pixie has adapted very well to the apartment in North Carolina. She loves looking out onto the parking lot and seeing who is coming and who is going. She is playing with the Christmas tree, her toys, and much to his dismay, Merlin.

I know that Pixie remembers Mom because of one thing that she still does. I will be sleeping and Pixie comes in and wakes me up. She will pat my face. She will put her little mouth and cold nose against my mouth. She will nudge me until I’m fully awake. I don’t even have to check the time because it is always around 3 AM. Pixie was with Mom when she died and that is the time Mom passed away. I’m sure she tried to “wake” Mom up. So now Pixie comes in to make sure that I will wake up and be there for her. Once I’m awake and talk to her for a moment she will cuddle next to me and go to sleep. Pixie remembers.

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  •  Escher would play with the grandkids for hours (23+ / 0-)


    He would be the saber tooth tiger when the girls played Barbies.

    Remembering our departed pet friend who is deep in our hearts.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 07:40:56 AM PST

  •  Thinking about Pooties this morning too. (8+ / 0-)

    About their food and the pet food industry. The more I learn the more I get a headache. I've been a vegetarian for a couple of decades with the addition of fish (tuna, cod and salmon) occasionally for the last few years. I'm coming to the realization that I'm going to have to switch to making their food at home and all of the issues that brings. I avoided pets that were meat eaters up until I adopted Moonshadow a 1 1/2 years ago. I guess I should have prepared myself about this issue better before taking on the responsibility in the first place. I love my kitty companions. I'm just frustrated that I can't trust any pet food company on the market today. Not even the pet food available at our local natural/organic coop. Sigh.

    •  here are a couple of ideas for you (9+ / 0-)

      I live in Seattle and I have found the food I need for my previously diabetic cat in two places locally.  But not at a regular store and not at several specialty stores either.

      My 14 year old cat was diagnosed diabetic in late March and by early July she went into remission, which looks to be permanent.

      The hugest part of the problem is that cats are carnivorous to a high degree and in fact do not tolerate very well the amounts of grains they are fed in a regular diet.  They can do certain kinds of other carbs, like pumpkin and some vegetables, but they are built for meat.

      In my search for the right mix of high protein, I went through two other 'high protein' specialty cat foods that claimed to be the right diet for these carnivores, even advertised that attribute as a reason to buy.  But when I dug deeper into the composition, visited websites for more information about ingredients, here is what I found and what worked:

      EVO.  (short for evolutionary diet)  My cat has a sensitive stomach and has to eat dry food, throws up with wet, so I get her the dry version and since she doesn't eat seafood either, I get turkey and chicken.  This is the highest protein/lowest grain carbohydrate content there is.  And if you can't buy it locally, you can order it online.

      She finds it tasty.  I supplement a little with people protein food, but on a strict schedule and amount, since weight gain is also a risk for diabetes.

      After three months of hypos and blood prickings, the relief of her going into remission has been huge.  And the vet said 14 year old female cats almost never go into remission.  I do give a lot of credit to the diet change.  And being a warrior for her health after being so clueless about what Iams was doing to her.

    •  Try raw meat (6+ / 0-)

      You can buy frozen cat/dog foods online (such as rabbit, chicken, turkey, venison, etc.) and they come to you frozen. They are ground up muscle, organ and bone, so they are mostly complete. Because cats can't produce the taurine they need, you might need to supplement with that.

      A friend has a deal where she goes out and collects the past-date meats from stores, grinds the meat (chicken, beef, fish) and bone and feeds it to all her cats/dogs. I think she adds in organ (hollow and solid) meats to make it more complete.

      Any dry food is going to contain enough grain/vegetable matter to make sure it actually bakes into little nuggets.

      BTW, you can even buy dead, frozen mousies (usually eaten by snakes) that you could give your cats so they get the nutrition they need without the extra stuff.

      I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

      by woolibaar on Sun Dec 09, 2012 at 11:53:01 AM PST

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    •  Thanks for the ideas (4+ / 0-)
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      I will be looking for a used meat grinder and a healthy, local if possible, resource for the meat. So many ideas online about the supplements and cooked vs raw meat. I quit meat for lots of reasons and I hope I can find something that I can feel good about giving my kitties.

  •  Our VINNIE is a nanny-bird. (7+ / 0-)

    He likes to make sure everyone is okay. Especially if my husband falls asleep. He'll come over and listen to him and make sure he's okay.

    Fairly early in his adoption, in fact, he went above and beyond making sure my husband was okay. My husband is long-term unemployed and thus spends a lot of time at our computer. VINNIE learned this early on and freaked out when my husband spent a long time in the kitchen, because my husband WASN'T where he BELONGED! Why, he could get lost! So VINNIE fluttered to the kitchen and "showed" my husband how to get back to the chair.

    Good stupid bird. Er, I mean good bird.

    He also definitely remembers his other human, the one he spent ten years with before we got him. He would go with me to mirrors and make an odd panting noise, looking at me, expecting me to make a noise too I guess? I'm a stupid human and didn't do what his old human did, so he's stopped doing it now.

    We sometimes thank his first human for raising such a sweet boy.


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  •  Shelter Cats (10+ / 0-)

    two of our four cats were acquired from an animal shelter as adults. Both spent about a year in the shelter before coming to live with us. We often wonder what their lives had been like before and if they remembered any of it.

    Talley, our most recent addition, is a 4-5 year old black long hair. She came to the shelter when her human companion died. Unlike the other cats in the household, she has an aversion to sleeping on the bed. We wonder if this had anything to do with her previous home.

  •  You came home (6+ / 0-)

    And, Pixie appreciates it.  

    T'is the season!  Personally, I enjoy a time of year to be happy.

  •  What a touching story, and I'm sure that's why (2+ / 0-)
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    Pixie goes through her routine: she REMEMBERS that "grandma" left at 3am one morning and never came back and she's afraid you'll do the same.  Sweet little girl.

    My Rai - who will be gone two years in February - remembered her previous guardian.  I adopted her from an apartment of four guys when she was about 1-1/2 yrs old.  (She crossed to the Rainbow Bridge when she was about 20yrs old.)  The roommate of my friend developed an allergy to cat fur and so they had to find a new home for her.  Rai had been with me for a few years when I suggested he visit because he always asked about her and I knew he missed seeing her.  Well he was no sooner in the door when she walked up and remembered his scent.  She rubbed his legs and immediately let him pick her up.  He walked her over to the door, placed her on his shoulders and asked Rai, "Do you remember what our routine was?"  As soon as he asked her that, she jumped nimbly up on the doorframe, walked its length, turned around and came back, and gently got back onto his shoulders.

    Cats remember!  Perhaps not everything but I believe they carry memory of happy as well as scary and sad memories too.

    Peace to all,
    DES

    "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." Ted Kennedy 1980 DNC Keynote Speech

    by Dumas EagerSeton on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:13:17 AM PST

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