Thursday, June 24, 2010
Please go and watch this clip from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Hulu. It will change your life.
And now I shall put on my crazy cat lady hat. Ahem...
As many of my TENS (!) of readers know, our cat Louis is deeply disturbed. No, seriously, he is. He has to take Prozac because he has such horrible anxiety issues. He was living in the wall of an apartment complex when he was rescued as a tiny kitten, so I can only imagine what horrors of life got imprinted on his sweet little cat brain. He also has FUS (Feline Urinary Sydrome), which means that he gets UTIs constantly because he has painful crystals in his urine. Our vet had us mixing Methigel (a urine acidifier) twice a day, Cosequin (a cell wall stabilizer) once a day, and prescription dry food in addition to the high quality wet food we had been giving him. STILL he was getting UTIs, pretty much once every few months. Last month we spent over $300 at one visit to the vet, which resulted in Louis having an allergic reaction to the Penicillin the vet prescribed him. His coat had also been looking dull and he was shedding a lot more than usual.
I did some research and found that the primary ingredient in Methigel is CORN SYRUP, and the prescription dry food we'd been giving him was pretty much junk too. We were spending all this money and time trying to help him, but it seemed like the best we were doing was simply staving off the inevitable UTI or GI infection for a few weeks or so. I read this book and this book on natural cat care.
We have since stopped all his medications, with the exception (for now) of the Prozac. I have started all the cats on a homemade raw food diet, made with organic meats and veggies. I enjoy making them their food-- it makes me feel like a good cat mommy. I've started giving them a daily multi-vitamin and a few supplements. At first, they screamed and refused to eat their food, and would cry and cry for their crack kibbles and addictive tuna. I also stopped feeding them large ocean fish. If I need to limit my tuna intake to 3 cans a week, why would I give my 10 lb. cat tuna twice a day? Mercury city. Now they seem to have accepted their fate. They all look shinier and healthier, and they are more playful. We are actually spending LESS money doing this, not even including the vet bills that I expect to not have to pay. Good stuff. Look at this happy kitty (Winston).
Steph and I are committed to eating organic food, and mostly local food as well (save for olives and avocados and such). Now the cats are eating the same way and I think we are all better for it.
I do want to learn more about homeopathy and such for ourselves and the cats. I am starting to grow wary of typical Western Medicine. As with the cats, I think the tendency is to alleviate symptoms and maximize the time in between flair ups, instead of treating the underlying cause of disease. On Friday I am going to have my first ever acupuncture appointment. I am excited but nervous about it as well.
Other stuff on my mind lately...
Foursquare: I am one check-in away from earning a free frozen cappuccino from City Cafe. YES!
Pinterest: This is a great idea and an incredible website. Excellent resource for inspiration about pretty much anything. Love.
Steph's 30th birthday party: I've decided on a date in October. I am torn between wanting to have it at the house (more intimate, cheaper, total control over all aspects) and wanting to have it at a restaurant ($$$, but won't have to worry about cleaning up the house/yard, setting up, cooking, or post-party clean up). I am open to thoughts and suggestions on the matter if anyone cares to weigh in. I am also looking for ideas for DIY decorations.
Upcoming Upstate New York Camping trip: Excited, but nervous about camping for so long. The longest I've ever camped was two nights and this will be for four nights. Eek!
Disgusting heat: It's been in the upper 90s here all week and it's foul. Last night I barely slept because I was so hot. The A/C is cranking full blast, but it's so hot that it just can't cool the house completely. I want to install an attic fan up in the attic (or rather, I want Steph to do it as she is our resident electrician), but it will take a few hours and it's probably over 100 degrees up there right now. Perhaps a good winter activity. We've been having dinners like watermelon and guacamole because it's too hot to turn on the oven or use the stove. The only thing that's been getting me through the week have been nightly sno-balls and the idea of going tubing on the Gunpowder River again this weekend.
Posted by Adina at 10:58 AM