(Atreyu saying HI!)
Weirdly, we call our cats "pooper" or "kitten" or some variation. Our friends now refer to them as such as well, our Peruvian friend calling them "Poopina and Poopino".
(Asteya in her favourite place, an old box that delivered Andrew's WoW headphones... she LOVES that box. Also, the Medical Food made her gain weight, so she now has a tummy...)
Sigh. Although Atreyu is recovering well from what appears to be a potentially fatal blockage, both Andrew and I are disappointed. Crystals mean no more nutrient-rich, grain-free environmentally friendly food. We'd prided ourselves in buying Canadian made, grain free foods that would help keep him healthy (ahem, fail) and his coat shiny. Due to the presence of crystals in his urine, formations caused by insufficient water uptake and can cause sceptis and death within hours, we will have to feed him grain-filled Medi-Cal Urinary SO for the rest of his life.
When I voiced my concern regarding the presence of grain to the vet, however, she wasn't very sympathetic. "There is no harm in feeding grain to a cat, corn isn't bad". Unless you care about the planet, the monoculture crops and pesticides taking over our soil and air. Sure grain isn't "bad" for your cat, but it's a filler- minimal nutrients. Like eating white bread. Or MacDonalds.
We also had to cave and purchase another cat fountain. I was so happy to unplug and give our previous plastic monstrosity away. Our cats were drinking enough from the twice daily changed water bowls we left them, why have something use up extra electricity? Except they obviously weren't (since they BOTH have crystals now).
Saturday was spent purchasing a new, stainless steel and easier to clean, cat fountain. They adore it, but the energy leeching away irks me. At least our friend yoga sessions will now be graced with the peaceful sound of trickling water.
(Atreyu is often confused by things... like water, flames, generally anything at all. Since he doesn't have object permanence, every time he sees it, it's like the first time all over again!)
Our two cats remain eco-friendly in a few ways though....
- We still have grain-free food left, so it will be a 80(Medical)-20 mixture until it's gone.
- We use chemical-free pine litter
- They were both rescued cats (SPCA). An entire section of Alan Weisman's The World Without Us is dedicated to how cats are becoming a huge problem to birds. If you want a kitten, instead of adding one to the billions already present, rescue one and get it fixed.
- They're indoor cats.
- The fountain at least is stainless steel and not plastic.
Despite their eco-rating rapidly slipping away with the ridiculous water fountain and expensive grain-filled stinky food, we love our cats. Even Mr. Atreyu, who as a premature kitten kept in an incubator became our special needs cat (I could write an entire blog post on his "moments", but then I'd REALLY be a cat lady...lol). Plus, my favourite is a purring mass of fur love while I'm in downward dog.
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