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According to my housemates, we have ...interesting... neighbors. A week or so ago, I introduced myself to the homeowner, K. She's the one who owns the yard kitties, Kong, Roy, and Ziggy. I believe she has a dog as well. There's another person who lives next door intermittently who has some form of mental illness, who apparently also has a dog. Last night, his dog was outside their back door (right across from my bedroom), barking and crying. All night long. A big, smelly dog who was perfectly friendly when we went up to the fence to investigate.

In the middle of the night, S and I got up and moved to the couch in the living room because I really can't sleep through constant loud dog barking.

This will be the third time that we purchase one of those ultrasonic birdhouses.

I hate having to do that to an animal who is anxious and neglected. I am getting so tired of dealing with other peoples' neglected dogs. Ideally I'd like to talk to Karen, but that's hard to manage with being out of the house so much.


Emma keeps barfing. I am now wondering whether she isn't getting enough fiber in her cat food, and that's causing her to want to eat a whole bunch of catgrass, which is causing her to have an upset stomach. So maybe it's time to find a food that's more agreeable for an 11-year-old cat's less-than-robust digestive system. (up until now she's been getting Taste of the Wild)


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Feb. 25th, 2016 10:22 pm (UTC)
Subsequent to posting this I read some more on teh internets about cat diets. From what I was reading, it might not be "fiber" per se, so much as just the "bulk" of the food, which comes from different sources for primarily carnivorous animals (indigestible animal parts aren't exactly fiber). People seem to go back and forth on different aspects of pet foods (e.g. wet vs. dry, etc), but overall it still seems to me that Taste of the Wild is a fairly good compromise unless something has gone rancid in it.
Feb. 25th, 2016 11:48 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it's stress barfing? Maybe the parking dogs and the yard kitties are making her stomach upset?
Feb. 26th, 2016 07:09 pm (UTC)
This has been our ongoing hypothesis as well.

Another thing, though. She LOVES wheatgrass, so we've given her some, but it may be that she's not very good at controlling how much she eats. So I think she's also eating too much catgrass and that's upsetting her stomach and contributing to the problem.

I should have some time this weekend to put up some window privacy screening to block her main view, and we'll go from there, I suppose!
Feb. 26th, 2016 08:36 pm (UTC)
um we stopped buying Taste of the Wild when a vet told me about all the recalls they'd had.

I feed only Wellness, wet food, 12.5 oz cans. Try avoiding fish, a lot of cat's are allergic/sensitive to fish.

If you have a friend in Seattle, ask them to go to All the Best Pet Care to buy you 4 oz of Good Digestion, Enzymes + Greens + Probiotics for dogs and cats. I have searched everywhere for anything similar on amazon and google and nothing is decent that costs less than $118.

Mix with pumpkin, canned peas and diced carrots, other green beans for shits and grins.

I would be tempted to buy cheap organ meats, tongue or gizzards or chicken hearts, boil in oven in a pyrex bowl with water at 400 degrees for an hour, let cool, put in freezer, chuck over fence for dog to work on when dog is barking too much. Take out of pyrex bowl before chucking over fence. People who don't take good care of their dogs, people who don't take good care of their kids, one of the eternal themes of life I think. I keep thinking I'm going to retire to a poor country like Thailand or Costa Rica or Spain or Greece, but I'd end up spending a ton neutering stray animals, adopting elephants, putting kids stray kids through school.
Feb. 26th, 2016 10:24 pm (UTC)
Hmm, this looks like a topical resource for pet food recalls:

And this article seems to agree with you, w/r/t Taste O' the Wild:

...although I am inclined to think ToTW's track record is still looking *slightly* better than its competitors, for cat foods, at least.

I was looking at the suggestions for homemade foods, but on the flipside, Emma won't let me brush her teeth, so there would be a tradeoff with dental health. I'll have to take a look at the Good Digestion stuff...there are definitely people in Seattle who could be sent on that mission. :^)
Feb. 26th, 2016 10:38 pm (UTC)
The dentist keeps suggesting I brush my cats' teeth. I can't, and I don't know anyone who can teach me. Instead I am paying $1000 for a dental, every five years.

My basic feeling is that anything with corn isn't safe for pets, because the aflatoxin levels are so high. They need to dump the aflatoxin-contaminated corn somewhere, so they put it into pet food.

I'm uncomfortable giving my cats wheat since their cat litter is already wheat. a double allergen whammy, as it were.

I still don't know what to think about giving cats rice.

All of this skittishness comes from having a cat with severe itching, stomatitis, and asthma, who eventually died from lung cancer so there you go.
Feb. 27th, 2016 01:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think you have pretty good ideas, there, about good cat care. They're predators, for goodness' sake, so they most definitely shouldn't be eating grains.

Taste of the Wild is reasonable on that front (ingredients listed: http://www.amazon.com/Taste-Wild-Mountain-Formula-15-Pound/dp/B0018CJYCO), although "chicken meal" is probably all the ground-up bits of chicken that humans aren't interested in using...

I've been pretty lucky, overall, in that Emma isn't a high-needs cat in general, but I could see how experience with a high-needs kitty would affect overall care for other cats.
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